Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Beauty of Holiness

Daily Readings Psalm 49+Exodus 36:2-38+Leviticus 16+Matthew 5

Verse for the Day
“…God will ransom my life; he will snatch me from the grasp of death. Psalm 49:15

Lectio Divina Exodus 36:2-7
2Moses then called Bezalel and Oholiab and every skillful one to whom the the LORD had given skill, everyone whose heart was stirred to come to do the work; 3and they received from Moses all the freewill offerings that the Israelites had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, 4so that all the artisans who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task being performed, 5and said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do.’ 6So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp: ‘No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.’ So the people were restrained from bringing; 7for what they had already brought was more than enough to do all the work.

The Beauty of Holiness
This is a beautiful story. These people begin bringing their own valued belongings to dedicate to the building of the Tabernacle. It is obvious that feeling forgiven for the golden calf, they are once more confident in Moses’ leadership, and their commitment to the One God. Not only did they bring their gold freely, but every other precious thing. They continued every morning bringing these offerings until the workmen protested and Moses’ had to order them to stop giving. Such a problem! When following God becomes wholehearted, then giving becomes natural. It is one of the marks of the committed. The gifts become more than valuables.

Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
by John S. B. Monsell

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim;
Gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him,--the Lord is His name.

Low at His feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
High on His heart He will bear it for thee,
Comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
These are the offerings we lay on His shrine;
These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
He will accept in the Name all divine.
407:350

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