|Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)|
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 12, Psalm
When Israel came out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a
people of strange speech,
Judah became God's sanctuary * and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled; * Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams, * and the little hills like young sheep.
|What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned
You mountains, that you skipped like rams? * you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, * at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water * and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
Reflection on Psalm 114 by the Rev. Tom Harries
It would be interesting to reflect on how our relationship with the environment has changed. Both the Gospel and Psalm readings reflect the experience of people in biblical times that nature was vastly more powerful than they, out of control, dangerous and frightening. Therefore the ability of God or Jesus to control nature was taken as a sign of their great power.
Although we still experience hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, we find ourselves in a position to greatly affect the life of the natural world. Biblical people could barely imagine the kind of power we now have. The instruction to be good stewards is much more important in our day, when we actually have the power to protect or to destroy large parts of the environment.
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