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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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Divine Care

Daily Readings
Psalms 77 + Joshua 19 + Amos 7 + Colossians 4:2-18

Quote of the Day
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

Daily Text: Joshua 19:49-51
49 When they had finished distributing the several territories of the land as inheritances, the Israelites gave an inheritance among them to Joshua son of Nun. 50By command of the LORD they gave him the town that he asked for, Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim; he rebuilt the town, and settled in it. 51These are the inheritances that the priest Eleazar and Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the families of the tribes of the Israelites distributed by lot at Shiloh before the LORD, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land.

Divine Care
The distribution of the land is complete. As a way of showing appreciation Joshua is given an inheritance also, one he has requested, a town in the midst of his tribe Ephraim in the hill country. Interesting that both Caleb and Joshua wanted land in the hill country.

In vs. 51 Eleazar is mentioned as having been part of the distribution, though he has gone unmentioned earlier in the distribution. Was he present all of the time, and simply not mentioned or has a later editor put him there for consistency’s sake? The important element here is that the distribution is complete. In peace this work is done and the tribes as aggregates of the whole people are blessed with the reception of land. The individuals, Joshua and Caleb, are blessed as well illustrating for the whole congregation for all time that even the individual who serves God wholeheartedly receives God’s blessing. While the community is primary, the individual is not forgotten.

He Cares
Kabir (India)
1450-1518

Why so impatient, my heart?
He who watches over birds, beasts and insects,
He who cared for you while you were yet unborn,
Think you he will not care for you now that you have come forth?
O my heart, how could you turn away from the smile of your Lord
And wander so far from him?
407:247

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