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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 21
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary


Luke 16:19-31

He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house — for I have five brothers — that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (vs 27-31)’ 



Reflection on Luke 16: 27-31
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

We have long had prophets to tell us what the long term consequences of our overuse and abuse of the resources of Planet Earth will be. A group headed by Lester Brown of Earth Watch did computer modeling of the "state of the earth" from the late seventies, and found that, even using all possible variations of factors such as food production, use of energy, habitat destruction and air and water pollution, no way could earth continue to sustain the growing population of humans more than a few more generations. Each year there has been an update on each factor and on the total projection.

"But," says the rich man, "if someone goes to them from the dead, they will listen to them."

Will they? Would we? Like looking at the dead canary from the coal mine as an indicator organism? Do we listen to the messages of the endangered species? Do we look at evidence of extinct species? Do they speak to us from the dead? Do we slow down long enough to ask if this is in accord to God's plan?



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Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
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Amos 6:1a, 4-7
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Amos 6: 1-7
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Psalm 146
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New Testament Reading:
1 Timothy 6: 6-19
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1 Timothy 6:11-19
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Luke 16: 19-31
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Luke 16: 19-31
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Helen Hanten was a deacon and a member 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 Helen Hanten or  any MEESC member, or or mail them to:

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

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