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Minnesota Episcopal
Environmental
Stewardship
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 16
Revised Common Lectionary
Year B, Proper 17
Episcopal (Standard) Lectionary
New Testament Reading

Ephesians 6: 10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 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.

 

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

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)

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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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 17

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Deuteronomy 4:1-9
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm
Psalm 45: 1-2, 7-10
New Testament Reading:
Ephesians 6: 10-20
(this page)
James 1: 17-27
Gospel
Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

 

Rev Dcn Helen Hanten was a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when 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:


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

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