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.

Location: Amherst, Virginia, United States

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Divine Fidelity and Human Failure

Daily Readings
Psalm 74 + Joshua 16 + Amos 4 + Colossians 1

Quote of the Day
For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind, reveals his thoughts to mortals, makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!

Daily Text: Joshua 16:4, 8b-10
4The Josephites--Manasseh and Ephraim--received their inheritance. 8Such is the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites by their families, 9together with the towns that were set apart for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites, all those towns with their villages. 10They did not, however, drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer: so the Canaanites have lived within Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.

Divine Fidelity and Human Failure
The Josephites are the sons of Joseph who were taken by Jacob for his own [Genesis 48] and together fulfill Jacob’s promise to Joseph that he will be doubly represented among the twelve. They take the place of the Levites who do not inherit. Ephraim inherits first, as the one blessed by Jacob over his older brother. These little consistencies do not seem to ever escape the biblical writers. Politics, inheritance, boundaries, and precedence are all cited to show the faithfulness of God in carrying out his promise to these people and then in vs. 10 the failure of the people to carry out their promise to God is flashed on to the screen of biblical memory. The exiles are never left in doubt as to why they are where they are. Christians need also be reminded that grace is no excuse for infidelity.

Palm Sunday and Monday
Edwin McNeill Poteat

They pluck their palm branches and hail Him as King,
Early on Sunday;
They spread out their garments; hosannas they sing,
Early on Sunday.

But where is the noise of their hurrying feet,
The crown they would offer, the sceptre, the seat?
Their King wanders hungry, forgot in the street,
Early on Monday.


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