Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 9, Gospel

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, 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 offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, 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.

Reflection on Mark 6:1-6 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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