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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 5 Revised Common Lectionary New Testament Lesson

Galatians 1:11-24

I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's brother. In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; they only heard it said, "The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy." And they glorified God because of me.

Reflection on Galatians 1:11-24 by Bert Whitcombe

In The Letter to the Galatians, Paul is relating the power that he has received through a revelation from The Christ, a truth that exceeds the vision of us humans. The source of this understanding is neither from us nor is it created in our minds but through the Creator.

In his introduction he describes his journey both in spirit and in his travels as he shared his vision revealed through Jesus, with the communities he encountered. He traveled throughout the lands, to Arabia, and to Damascus, to Syria and Cilicia. He visited friends and their communities and in doing so he walked upon the Earth, this most wonderful blessing from The Creator, and saw the multitude of expressions of the peoples of the places he visited, their cultures and how their livelihoods were expressed in the patterns daily lives.

And in this he saw the truth of the Revelation, that we are all the children of God, that the words of Jesus, Love One Another, live together, share your gifts with each other, these truths are universal and unbending, though the place, the language, the customs, the foods that are eaten, which are all driven by the natural manifestations of Earth, our home, be different, we are All children of God.

As we travel, in our 'modern' times, on this very same Earth, with the very same Revelation offered to us, we also can look out on the places and people we encounter, and see the beautiful array of lifestyle, and topology and know that we are All called to respect, commitment and Love with one another.

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To Reflections on other RCL Readings for Year C, Proper 5:

Reflections available at the active links Semi-Continuous Track Gospel Theme Track
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Lesson: 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) 1 Kings 17:17-24
Psalm Psalm 146 Psalm 30
New Testament Lesson
Galatians 1:11-24 (this page)
Luke 7:11-17

To Reflections on other Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Readings for Year C, Proper 5:

Old Testament 1 Kings 17:17-24
no reflection available
Psalm 30 or 30:1-6,12-13
no reflection available

New Testament Galatians 1:11-24

this page
Gospel Luke 7:11-17
no reflection available

Bert Whitcombe, "itinerant preacher for the environment" and part of the founding members of MEESC, resided in Fergus Falls, MN, when he originally wrote this reflection in 2007. Bert and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Bert Whitcombe 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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