Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Environmental Stewardship Commission (MEESC) Lectionary Reflection Year C, Proper 19, Gospel

Luke 15:1-10 ".....Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (vs 7)

Reflection on Luke 15:1-10 by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

These lines from the parable told by Jesus tell us when one thing is lost, whether one sheep of the flock, or one coin of the savings, or one sinner who then comes to repentance, it is cause for great celebration. This speaks to the power of one one sheep, one coin, one person among so many. How often we discount the impact our good idea or our effort might have. What can one person do to change the steamrolling effects of global warming or pollution of the waters of the earth? Well, nothing is going to happen to make everyone, everywhere suddenly aware of the dangers of the course we are on. Rather, it will be one or a few at a time who respond to the message of one speaker, one writer, one prayer, one message from the Creator delivered to a listening heart. Don't ever discount the power of one!


Helen Hanten is a deacon and a member of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 2001. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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