Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 6, Gospel

Mark 4:26-34 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. (vs 27)

Reflection on Mark 4:27 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

For an experiment in high school Biology class, I planted several bean seeds in soil, and watered them all. In a few days each one of them sprouted. Although the experiment was meant to show how different plants in the same family responded to various fertilizers, for me the greatest wonder was that through no fault or credit of mine the seeds germinated. From an insignificant, pale, seemingly lifeless seed came an entire plant that grew two feet tall and produced seeds of its own. To this day, I still do not know what makes those seeds grow.

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Wanda Copeland is a rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, Second Co-chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission, and since 2001, Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
MEESC Holy Trinity Church Box 65 Elk River, MN 55330-0065 USA

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