Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year B, Proper 17, New Testament Lesson

Ephesians 6:10-20 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. (vs 19)

Reflection on Ephesians 6:10-20 by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

Paul is in prison as he writes that he needs the prayers of others that he may have voice to speak boldly. What is our reason for needing more courage to tell in a bold voice what we believe to be true? Many of us believe in our hearts that the earth is the Lord's, that the creator is still active in the creation and that our stewardship of the creation is a spiritual and theological issue, not just a good idea for future generations. How can we speak more boldly? What chains are holding us back? Who will pray that ambassadors for good stewardship will speak more boldly?

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Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 2000. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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