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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 29
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary (Gospel Theme Track)


Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
(vs 1)



Reflection on Psalm 46: 1
by Nan Stokes

In the first reading for today, Jeremiah uses the image of a shepherd: a dire prophetic voice to those who have scattered the Lord's sheep.  The Lord promises that he will gather the remnant of his flock from all the lands where they have been driven and bring them home again to their fold where they will know no fear and none will be missing.  The people who were listening to the prophet Jeremiah must have been comforted because they understood how a good shepherd would guard the sheep, and knew they could look forward to better days in the land.  But even this passage of scripture is hard, and the gospel lesson about events at the crucifixion is difficult, too.  On this day when we honor the King of Kings, it is wrenching to remember that the inscription on the cross said, "This is the King of the Jews."

Once again the psalm for the day is full of natural descriptions that are soothing to our eyes and ears:  "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High."  "Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he has done on earth."  The psalmist was overwhelmed by the tumults occurring in earth's natural disasters, but remembered that we are not to fear, even though the earth be moved.  As the people in those days listenend to Jeremiah, they also were aware that their God was with them and was a stronghold in the midst of the strife and turmoil they were experiencing.  These are words we must listen to in our own tumultuous times.



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Reflections on other Readings
[Standard (Episcopal) and Revised Common Lectionary]
for Year C, Proper 29

Revised Common Lectionary

Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 23:1-6
no reflection available
Jeremiah 23:1-6
no reflection available
Jeremiah 23:1-6
no reflection available
Canticle 4 or 16
no reflection available
Psalm 46
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Psalm 46
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New Testament Reading:
Colossians 1:11-20
no reflection available
Colossians 1:11-20
no reflection available
Luke 23: 35-43
or Luke 19:29-38


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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