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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 28 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary (Gospel Theme Track) Psalm (Note this Psalm is also read on other occasions)

Psalm 98

"Let the rivers clap their hands, and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord, when he comes to judge the earth." (vs 9)

Reflection on Psalm 98: 9 by Nan Stokes

The lectionary texts for today are full of awful things that will happen to many of us when the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. It is a comfort to know that we will be given words and wisdom so we can testify before our opponents and not a hair of our heads will perish. But the words of the psalm today are what we want to hear, read, mark and inwardly digest, as the collect reads. The psalm is overflowing with wonderful reminders of how all of Creation sings praises to the Creator. Imagine the rivers clapping their hands! And the hills ringing out with joy! That is the way we want to greet the Lord with joy and singing and shouting. We can imagine the psalmist sitting by a stream and feeling the heart leap at the realization that God is everywhere. How can we not worship him? It would certainly help if we had a harp or a trumpet, but if even the sea is encouraged to make a noise, we can shout with our joy on that day when he shall judge the world. Maybe that is the wisdom we will be given.

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Reflections on other Readings [Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary] for Year C, Proper 28

Psalm 98 is also read on the following occasions:

  • All Years: Christmas Day III
  • Year B: Easter 3
  • Year C (RCL): Proper 27

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Malachi 4:1-2a
no reflection available
Malachi 3:13 - 4:2a, 5-6
no reflection available
Canticle 9
no reflection available
Psalm 98
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Psalm 98
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New Testament Reading:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
no reflection available
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
no reflection available

Nan Stokes was an active member of St. Edward's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1998. Nan and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Nan Stokes or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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