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Year C, Proper 25 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary (Gospel Theme Track) Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson

Jeremiah 14: (1-6) 7-10, 19-22

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought: Judah mourns and her gates languish; they lie in gloom on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem goes up. Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns, they find no water, they return with their vessels empty. They are ashamed and dismayed and cover their heads, because the ground is cracked. Because there has been no rain on the land the farmers are dismayed; they cover their heads. Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn because there is no grass. The wild asses stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail because there is no herbage. Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name's sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you. O hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler turning aside for the night?

Why should you be like someone confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot give help? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us! Thus says the LORD concerning this people: Truly they have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them, now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. Have you completely rejected Judah? Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, the iniquity of our ancestors, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Can any idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not you, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for it is you who do all this.

Reflection on Jeremiah 14: (1-6) 7-10, 19-22 by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

What a picture of desolation the prophet paints in his description of the drought! Servants come to cisterns and find no water for human use. The ground is cracked from dryness and farmers are dismayed. The deer cannot feed themselves or nurse their fawns and the wild asses die from lack of vegetation.

What a valuable resource we have in clean water! Water makes the difference between dry barren desolation where crops and vegetation fail and wild animals starve, and the green lush pastures where green plants grow to provide food to sustain all life. What a gift is the rain that washes the earth and feeds the streams and lakes! How critical it is that we exercise care in protecting streams, lakes and oceans from pollution!

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Reflections on other Readings [Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary] for Year C, Proper 25

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson:
Joel 2: 23-32
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Sirach 35: 12-17 no reflection available or Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-22
Jeremiah 14: (1-6) 7-10, 19-22
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Psalm 84:1-6
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Psalm 84
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New Testament Lesson:
2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18
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2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18
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Luke 18: 9-14
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Luke 18: 9-14
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Helen Hanten is a deacon and was an active member of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1998. 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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