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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 11
Revised Common Lectionary
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Reflection on these Readings of the Semi-Continuous Track
by Jill Peterman

Can you imagine the excitement in ancient Gennesaret when Jesus and the apostles moored the boat and many flocked to request healing? Mark's account began with Jesus suggesting the apostles go away in a boat – come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile. Of course there was no rest, as crowds followed them (or headed them off on the other side of the bay). But Jesus had compassion for the crowds; they were like sheep without a shepherd. As Paul later was recounted in writings to the Ephesians, they are now one in Christ, members of the household of God, and are a new humanity with the examples of Jesus' teachings of peace and reconciliation. There is a new structure built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. Paul undoubtedly recalled his time in Ephesus, surrounded by ancient foundations; antiquities of marble statues and structures.

Do we have any modern-day reason for excitement? Do you follow anyone? Are there any modern day prophets? What is our foundation? I do feel a bit lost now, maybe a sheep without a shepherd, in that there are few speaking for the environment and sacred space. I love to go away to deserted places, forests with few dwellers. This for me is rest and restoration. I want the places we can do this to remain. Voices that speak of peace and reconciliation are really few and far between. This fragile earth, our island home needs wise clear voices to call us to realize our interdependence.
I would follow.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 11

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 57: 14b-21
2 Samuel 7: 1-14a
Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Psalm 22: 22-30
Psalm 89: 20-37
New Testament Reading:
Ephesians 2: 11-22
Ephesians 2: 11-22
General Reflection on the
Semi-Continuous Track readings for this Sunday
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Jill Peterman, MEESC Co-chair (2004-present), attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2012. Jill and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Jill Peterman or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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