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Episcopal Church in Minnesota

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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Last Epiphany
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Readings
Episcopal Standard Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary

Exodus 34: 29-35

<Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterwards all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.


Reflection on Exodus 34: 29-35
by the Rev Wanda Copeland

This lesson from Exodus is the culmination of a longer passage describing Moses' visit with God on Mt. Sinai. The writer tells us Moses' face 'shone' after their meeting (v. 29) and after subsequent meetings (v. 34-35). This Sunday we are to call to mind the power and majesty of our God and how we may be transfigured as a result of such a close encounter with our God.

From the greatest of our religious ancestors to the lowliest of servants, God can and does touch us all. As we close this season of Epiphany, may we be reminded that this season manifests our awareness that God shows God's self to all people – not just chosen ones. Look deeper into this passage in Exodus. God's commandments do not just pertain to the human family, but include provisions for animals as well.  God reminded Moses that all life belongs to the Mighty One, and that all life appropriately pays homage to God.

God radiates out to include all creation, exists within all creation and challenges us to open our eyes to recognize how we may be more inclusive and receptive to the world in which we live, move, and have our being. 


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To Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Last Epiphany

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal)
Revised Common
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Exodus 34: 29-35
(this page)
Exodus 34: 29-35
(this page)
Psalm 99
Psalm 36: 5-10
New Testament Lesson
1 Corinthians 12: 27–13: 13
Luke 5:1-11
Luke 9: 28-36 (37-43)

The Rev Wanda Copeland, Co-Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Commission (1997-2001), Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004), and Rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Horseheads, NY, was Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2001. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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