Minnesota Episcopal
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
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Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Proper 19
Revised Common Lectionary
Year B, Proper 12
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary

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Psalm 114

When Israel came out of Egypt, *
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2Judah became God's sanctuary *
and Israel his dominion.
3The sea beheld it and fled; *
Jordan turned and went back. 
4The mountains skipped like rams, *
and the little hills like young sheep.
5What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned back?
6You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
you little hills like young sheep?
7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8Who 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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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 12

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
2 Kings 2: 1-15
2 Samuel 11: 1-5
2 Kings 4: 42-44
Psalm 114
(this page)
Psalm 14
Psalm 145: 10-19
New Testament Reading:
Ephesians 4: 1-7,11-16
Ephesians 3: 14-21
John 6: 1-21

To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Proper 19

Reflections available at the active links

Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Exodus 14: 19-31
Genesis 50: 15-21
Psalm 114 (this page) or
Exodus 15: 1b-11, 20-21
Psalm 103: (1-7), 8-13
New Testament Reading
Romans 14: 1-12
Matthew 18: 21-35
General Reflection on the Gospel Theme Track Readings
(except Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture)

Psalm 114 is also read:



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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