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Minnesota Episcopal
Environmental
Stewardship
Commission (MEESC)

Episcopal Church in Minnesota
 
Shield of Episcopal Church

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Lectionary Reflections

Year A,
Trinity Sunday

Year B,
Proper 22

Year C,
Trinity Sunday

Holy Name

 

Thursday
in Easter Week

Psalm

Psalm 8

1 O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world! 
2 Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens. 
3 You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger. 
4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses, 
5 What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?
6 You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;
7 You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet: 
8 All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field, 
9 The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10 O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world! 

 

Reflection on Psalm 8
by the Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten

This psalm is written in praise and thanksgiving for the creation, and the writer expresses wonder that the Creator has made human life "but little lower than the angels, adorned with glory and honor" in the scheme of things. What a great honor, and what a responsibility to be the stewards of all God has created! Saving diversity of life on the planet is not just a good idea, or a responsibility to our children and grandchildren it is a theological and spiritual issue. We hold God's great, fragile gift in our own hands.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 22:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Genesis 2:18-24
Job 1:1; 2: 1-10
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm
Psalm 8 (this page) or
Psalm 128
Psalm 26
Psalm 8
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
Hebrews 2: (1-8) 9-18
Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12
Gospel
Mark 10:2-9
Mark 10: 2-16

To Reflections on other Readings for Year A, Trinity Sunday:

Reflections available at the active links
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Psalm
Psalm 8 (this page) or
Canticle 2 or Canticle 13
New Testament Reading:
Gospel
General Reflection on all readings for this Sunday

To Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Trinity Sunday:

Reflections available at the active links
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm
Psalm 8 (this page) or
Canticle 2 or Canticle 13
New Testament Reading:
Romans 5:1-5
Gospel

To Reflections on other Readings for Feast of the Holy Name:

Reflections available at the active links
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Numbers 6: 22-17
Psalm
Psalm 8
(this page)
New Testament Reading:
Galatians 4: 4-7 or Philippians 2: 9-13
Gospel
Luke 2:15-21

 

The Rev Dcn Helen B. 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 the Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten or any member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:


MEESC
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Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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