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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Lent 5
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary – Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Isaiah 43:16-21

Thus says the LORD,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.


Reflection on Isaiah 43:16-21
by Nan Stokes

The lands surrounding the Sea of Galilee are lush and green, with rivers and waterfalls and shady, cool spots where one can sit to escape the heat. But a journey south from Jerusalem finds an and land and one wonders how it can sustain any life, even though the flocks of sheep and herds of goats find sustenance where nothing is evident. Here in this rocky, unforgiving desert, it is possible to find water when wells are drilled, and so the people are able to eat and drink and wash their clothes and water their livestock. The Lord has provided water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert – one more heavenly surprise! The Creator God has provided what is needed, where it is needed, and when it is needed, and this is a reminder to us to not be afraid. Once again we are told not to remember the former things, but to look for a new thing to "spring forth" (another creation image!) The psalmist, who has refreshed us on our Lenten way, says "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed."

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Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Lent 5:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Isaiah 43: 16-21
(this page)
Isaiah 43: 16-21
(this page)
Psalm 126
Psalm 126
New Testament Reading
Philippians 3: 8-14
Philippians 3: 4b-14
Luke 20:9-19
John 12:1-8


Nan Stokes (1929-2010) is a past co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006). She resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote these reflections in 1998. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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