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Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Lectionary Reflection Year C, Proper 12, New Testament

Colossians 2: 6-15 As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

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Reflection on Colossians 2: 6-15 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Summer storms in the past few years have meant the end of life for many trees in Minnesota. Those which are close to water, and those which get most of their water through sprinkling are among the hardest hit. Trees which have a deep root system, formed out of years of adversity and drought are among the most secure. They survive because they have had to struggle before. They reach deeply and boldly for that which gives them nourishment. Trees seek out the good soil in order to stretch ever higher in their growth. Maturity and development is not just a uni-directional happening. Trees must be filled with that which strengthens them before they can stretch out into the world. Trees have much to teach us how to live.

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Wanda Copeland is the rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN. Wanda was the second co-chair of the Commission (1996-2001) and Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004)She originally wrote this reflection in 1998. She and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda, our Webverger or any other MEESC member, or mail them to:
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