Minnesota Episcopal
Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 18
Revised Common Lectionary – Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Isaiah 35: 4-7a

Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
    "Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
    He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
    He will come and save you."
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
    and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
    and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
    and the thirsty ground springs of water.


Reflection on Isaiah 35:4-7a
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

This writer, after telling the people to have heart, God will come to save them, likens the joy and celebration to the joy of clean good water."For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water." What a blessing we have when water is clean and abundant! What a shame to waste  or pollute  water! Water cycles through the bodies of all living things, and no life is possible without it. As stewards of God's creation, concern for clean water must be a priority.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 18:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 35:4-7a
(this page)
Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Isaiah 35:4-7a
(this page)
Psalm 125
New Testament Reading:
James 1: 17-27
James 2: 1-10, (11-13), 14-27


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 member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:

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

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