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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 25
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-19

See, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 Rather, your iniquities have been barriers
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue mutters wickedness.
4 No one brings suit justly,
no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
conceiving mischief and begetting iniquity.

9 Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us;
we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope like the blind along a wall,
groping like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among the vigorous* as though we were dead.
11 We all growl like bears;
like doves we moan mournfully.
We wait for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions before you are many,
and our sins testify against us.
Our transgressions indeed are with us,
and we know our iniquities:

13 transgressing, and denying the Lord,
and turning away from following our God,
talking oppression and revolt,
conceiving lying words and uttering them from the heart.
14 Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
and uprightness cannot enter.
15 Truth is lacking,
and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.


The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one,
and was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm brought him victory,
and his righteousness upheld him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so will he repay;
wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render requital.
19 So those in the west shall fear the name of the Lord,
and those in the east, his glory;
for he will come like a pent-up stream
that the wind of the Lord drives on.

 

Reflection on Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-19
by the Nan Stokes

we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;
     and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
(vs. 10)

In this reading from Isaiah, the prophet is describing a community's total failure because their transgressions before the Lord were many, and even though they cried for justice, it was turned back, and righteousness was at a distance.  The season of Pentecost is long and gives us ample time to consider and meditate on our distance from righteousness.  Isaiah's  images are so graphic: "We grope like the blind along a wall", "We stumble at noon as in the twilight".  But do we "growl like bears" and "moan mournfully like doves"?  Chances are we don't feel a sense of urgency about "getting right with God", especially when all the everyday activities keep demanding our time and attention.  It's easy to turn away from the prophet's description and to think that prophets themselves are "out of date" and "out of touch" with what's going on at the present time, but there is much to be learned and to ponder as we read about the Lord's displeasure with the human condition.  We are called to repentance and to wait for justice and salvation during Pentecost and for all our days.

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 25:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Lectionary
 
Semi-Continuous Track
Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 59: (1-4) 9-1
(this page)
Jeremiah 31: 7-9
Psalm
Psalm 34: 1-8 (19-22)
Psalm 126
New Testament Reading:
Hebrews 5:12 - 6:1, 9-12
Hebrews 7: 23-28
Gospel
Mark 10: 46-52
Mark 10: 46-52

Nan Stokes (1929-2010) was an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1998. From 2001 to 2005, Nan was also Co-Chair of MEESC. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.

   

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Environmental Stewardship Commission 
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Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection
Year B, Proper 25, Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

Isaiah 59: (1-4) 9-19:
we wait for light, and lo! there is darkness;
     and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
(vs. 10)

Reflection:
by Nan Stokes

In this reading from Isaiah, the prophet is describing a community's total failure because their transgressions before the Lord were many, and even though they cried for justice, it was turned back, and righteousness was at a distance.  The season of Pentecost is long and gives us ample time to consider and meditate on our distance from righteousness.  Isaiah's  images are so graphic: "We grope like the blind along a wall", "We stumble at noon as in the twilight".  But do we "growl like bears" and "moan mournfully like doves"?  Chances are we don't feel a sense of urgency about "getting right with God", especially when all the everyday activities keep demanding our time and attention.  It's easy to turn away from the prophet's description and to think that prophets themselves are "out of date" and "out of touch" with what's going on at the present time, but there is much to be learned and to ponder as we read about the Lord's displeasure with the human condition.  We are called to repentance and to wait for justice and salvation during Pentecost and for all our days. 

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Nan Stokes is  an active member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, and is since 2001 the Co-Chair for MEESC. She originally wrote this reflection in 1998. She and we welcome your comments.Please address your comments or additional reflections to Nan Stokes or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
 
MEESC
c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.


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