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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 6
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary – Revised Common Lectionary
Gospel Reading

Mark 4: 26-34

Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come."

He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.


Reflection on Mark 4: 27
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.

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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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 6

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Ezekiel 31: 1-6, 10-14
1 Samuel 15: 34 – 16: 13
Ezekiel 17: 22-24
Psalm 92
Psalm 20
Psalm 92: 1-4, 11-14
New Testament Reading:
2 Corinthians 5: 1-10
2 Corinthians 4: 6-10 (11-13), 14-17
Mark 4: 26-34
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Mark 4: 26-34
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The Rev Wanda Copeland was a Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Elk River, MN, and Co-chair of the MEESC (1996-2001), and Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004). 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:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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