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Lectionary Reflections

Year B, Proper 19

Psalm 116 (Episcopal [Standard] Lectionary)
Psalm 116: 1-8 (Revised Common Lectionary: Gospel Theme Track)

[Begin both readings]

1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
    the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4 Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
our God is full of compassion.
5 The LORD watches over the innocent; *
I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
for the LORD has treated you well.
7 For you have rescued my life from death, *
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8 I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
in the land of the living.
[End RCL Reading]
9 I believed, even when I said,
    "I have been brought very low." *
In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10 How shall I repay the LORD *
for all the good things he has done for me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the LORD *
is the death of his servants.
14 O LORD, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
[End Standard Lectionary Reading]


Reflections on Psalm 116

Reflection on Psalm 116
by the Rev Sally Maxwell

This psalm of thanksgiving does not include as much nature imagery as many do, yet two lines stand out:
  Verse 7: "the Lord has dealt bountifully with you" and
  Verse 9: "I walk before the Lord in the land of the living."
This grateful psalmist praises God for life, bounty and abundance, reminding that these blessings are indeed from the Creator. And the psalmist reminds of another promise and blessing: the land!

Reflection on Psalm 116
by the Rev Tom Harries

"the Lord watches over the innocent." (vs 5)

The innocent includes not only marginalized people, but also all of God's creatures lack the means to defend themselves from habitat loss and human predation.

Printable version


To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 19:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 50: 4-9
1 Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43
Isaiah 50: 4-9a
Psalm 116
(this page)
Psalm 19 or
Wisdom of Solomon 7: 26—8: 1
Psalm 116: 1-8
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
James 2: 1-5, 8-10,14-18
James 3: 1-12
Mark 8: 27-38 or
Mark 9: 14-29


  • Sally Maxwell was a seminary student and member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN when she originally wrote her reflection in 2006.
  • The Rev Tom Harries was Co-Chair of MEESC (2005-present), rector of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, St. Peter, MN, and Total Ministry Mentor when he originally wrote his reflection in 2012.

Sally, Tom, and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to the Rev Sally Maxwell, The Rev Tom Harries, 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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