Logo of MEESC

Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Church in Minnesota

Coat of Arms of Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

Upcoming Activities:

Next Meeting:

We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

Annual Special Projects


Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Resolution on Creation Season

Resolution on Green Congregations



Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 24
Revised Common Lectionary (Semi-Continuous Track)


Psalm 119: 97-104:

Quomodo dilexi!

97 Oh, how I love your law! *

all the day long it is in my mind.

98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
and it is always with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
for your decrees are my study.

100 I am wiser than the elders, *
because I observe your commandments.

101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
that I may keep your word.

102 I do not shrink from your judgments, *
because you yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words to my taste! *
they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.

104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
therefore I hate every lying way.


Reflection on Psalm 119: 97-104
by the Rev Margaret W. Thomas

The psalmist speaks of judgment. Surely there are many observers who warn of impending loss of land sea and air quality. Wendell Berry, John Cobb, Bill McKibbon, Sallie Mc Fague and others continually speak to us of gaining the wisdom and courage we need in order to effect change. These writers and theologians urge us to recognize the dangers. The Rev. Sally Bingham is another activist who courageously points toward reclamation of the air. Honey Bees are scarce lately. What is killing them. Where will we have the sweet fruits of harvest?



Reflections on other Readings
[Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary]
for Year C, Proper 24

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture)
Genesis 32: 22-31
no reflection available
Genesis 32:8, 22-30
no reflection available
Psalm 119:97-104
this page
Psalm 121
no reflection available
Psalm 121
no reflection available
New Testament


The Rev Margaret W. Thomas, a retired Episcopal priest, resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2010.. Margaret and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Margaret W. Thomas or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.


This page last updated 2010-10-13.


This page maintained for the MEESC by Logo of IRIS Enterprises.

Please send any corrections to
the MEESC WebVerger or our Web Team