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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Proper 23
Revised Common Lectionary
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Reflections on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2: 8-15; Luke 17:11-19
by the Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten

‘Exile’ can be expanded to include many situations. Some examples are: separation from God, sudden loss of resources, sudden loss of health or abilities, apathy of caring for self, others or the environment.

The lepers who were healed in Luke’s Gospel had been separated from society for a long time. Now they were healed, free to enter a whole new life style without enforced isolation. Only one among them , the one who returned to thank Jesus for his healing, appears to be blooming in the new environment!

In the lesson from 2 Timothy we are admonished to seek mature righteousness and not be distracted by inane discussions. (Note: a particularly good version of this paragraph is found in the biblical translation The Message, page 451.)

The message of God through Jeremiah is to get going. God is still with us as God was in any former place. Apathy for one’s surroundings, or for the whole earth and the environment is exilic in nature. Environmentalists must not give up hope or think their efforts toward a sustainable future don’t matter, especially in the light of disasters that go on too long. Oil in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico has changed lives, and for some, hope is hard to maintain. In such cases it is especially important to do what needs to be done, and to stay the course, supporting the workers trying to contain the damage, both to wildlife and to people whose homes and businesses have been affected. Idle inane discussion doesn’t bring change. Hopefulness and careful planning are more necessary than ever.


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Reflections on other Readings
[Revised Common Lectionary]
for Year C, Proper 23

Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-6
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New Testament
2 Timothy 2: 8-15
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Luke 17:11-19
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The Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten was Deacon Emeritus at St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2010. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Dcn Helen B. Hanten, or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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

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