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Environmental Stewardship Commission

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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 19
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary

Gospel Lesson

Luke 15:1-10

".....Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance."  (vs 7)


Reflection on Luke 15: 7
by the Rev Dcn Helen B. 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!


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Reflections on other Readings
[Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary]
for Year C, Proper 19

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 4: 1-12, 22-28
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Exodus 32: 7-14
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Exodus 32: 1, 7-14
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Psalm 14
Psalm 51: 1-11
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Psalm 51
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New Testament Reading:
1 Timothy 1: 12-17
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1 Timothy 1: 12-17
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Luke 15: 1-10
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Luke 15: 1-10
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The Rev Helen B. Hanten, was a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's By-The-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2001.  Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to the Rev Helen B. Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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