Minnesota Episcopal
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 8
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary – Revisted Common Lectionary
Gospel Reading

Mark 6: 1-6 [Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary]
Mark 6: 1-13 [Revised Common Lectionary]

[Begin both] He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching [End Standard Lectionary reading]

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. [End RCL reading]


Reflection on Mark 6: 1-13
by the Rev Tom Harries

The lessons from Ezekiel and Mark establish Jesus as being in the line of the prophets.

I don't see any direct environmental connection here. But one could talk about the courage it takes to be a prophet, as a basis for encouraging people to voice their environmental concerns. One could also talk about the general role of prophets in Israel, which was to confront the king or the power structure when injustice was being done. Destruction of the environment is hugely unjust, both to our poorer neighbors and to the generations that will follow us. Therefore as Christians, followers of a prophet, we are called to speak out.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 9

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10
Psalm 123
Psalm 48
Psalm 123
New Testament Reading:
2 Corinthians 12: 2-10
2 Corinthians 12: 2-10
Mark 6: 1-6
(this page)
Mark 6: 1-13
(this page)

Tom Harries, MEESC Chair 2004-present, was Rector of St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, Richfield, MN, when he originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Tom Harries or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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