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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 20
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading
Gospel Theme Track

Wisdom of Solomon 1: 16 – 2: 1, 12-22

The ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death;
considering him a friend, they pined away
and made a covenant with him,
because they are fit to belong to his company.
For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,
"Short and sorrowful is our life,
and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end,
and no one has been known to return from Hades.

"Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.
We are considered by him as something base,
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father.
Let us see if his words are true,
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
for if the righteous man is God's child, he will help him,
and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
Let us test him with insult and torture,
so that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
for, according to what he says, he will be protected."

Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they did not know the secret purposes of God,
nor hoped for the wages of holiness,
nor discerned the prize for blameless souls.


Reflection on Wisdom of Solomon 1: 16 – 2: 1, 12-22
by the Rev Tom Harries

Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law,

This is the approach used more and more by those who want to prevent us from taking any meaningful steps toward mitigating climate change. Since they cannot argue from the science which clearly indicates the reality of global warming, they resort to all manner of attacks on the people who attempt to bring this inconvenient reality to the attention of society

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 20

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Wisdom 1: 16 2: 1 (6-11) 12-22
(this page)
Proverbs 31: 10-31
Wisdom of Solomon 1: 16 2: 1, 12-22 (this page) or
Jeremiah 11:18-20
New Testament Reading:
James 3: 16 4:6


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. Tom and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev 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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