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Year C, Epiphany 6 Revised Common Lectionary New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ--whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Paul tells the congregation at Corinth, "If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." It might have been the temptation of those congregants to seek the riches of God's good mercy at that time and place on their earthly pilgrimage. It might be our temptation also.

This is written just after an American election cycle in which hopes are high for new beginnings. Promises made are fresh in the memories of voters and officials both. We are focused on the here and now, on the immediate needs of our circle, and our neighbors. But, we must focus on needs for the present, and the future. We have to weigh the effects of our actions through decades and centuries, not just weeks and months.

In his book Global Warming: the complete briefing, Sir John Houghton says, "Because of the long timescales that are involved in the development of new energy infrastructure and in the response of the climate to emissions of gases like carbon dioxide, there is an urgency to being these actions now."

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To Reflections on other RCL and Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Readings for Year C, Epiphany 6:

Old Testament Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1
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New Testament 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

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Gospel Luke 6:17-26
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The Rev Wanda Copeland was the second chair of MEESC (1997-2001), Chair (2001-2004) and Co-Chair (since 2006) of the Episcopal Ecological Network. She resided in Ramsey, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2007. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to the Rev Wanda Copeland or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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