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 22, 2005

He Has Not Forgotten

Daily Readings
Proverbs 29 + Joshua 12 + Nahum 3 + Philippians 1

Quote of the Day
Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
they will give delight to your heart. Proverbs 29:17

Daily Text: Joshua 12:1, 6,7

He Has Not Forgotten
Simply lists, two of them, of the kings and cities conquered by Moses and Joshua. The lists are ancient, probably more ancient than the story they tell. They reflect both battles won and battles to be won, for some of these areas were given as inheritance to tribes and clans that then needed to go on to claim them. Overall, they bespeak the fulfillment of God’s promise to Moses and Israel for a new land. Dry and matter of fact they may be, but for the Deuteronomist who is compiling this record they speak volumes of the faithfulness of the God of Israel.

They also in a backhand sort of way honor the peoples of the conquered lands, for these lists go back to the beginnings of history and the peoples, through their rulers, are named and thus remembered, transitory though they may be. How many peoples and nations have vanished without a trace in the historical record? The archaeological record may be complete, but so much of it is unread, and even read may say little of the names of the people who created it. All are essentially forgotten in a human sense. Our God is a God of all peoples, Adon Olam, Lord of the whole world. He has not forgotten.

Adon Olam
D. A. de Sola

Lord over all! whose power the sceptre swayed,
Ere first Creation’s wondrous form was framed,
When by His will divine all things were made;
Then King Almighty was His name proclaimed!

When all shall cease—the universe be o’er,
In awful greatness He alone will reign,
Who was, who is, and who will evermore
In glory most refulgent still remain.

Sole God! unequalled, and beyond compare,
Without division or associate;
Without commencing date or final year,
Omnipotent He reigns in awful state.

To Him, no like, no equal e’er can be;
He, without change or substitute remains,
Without divisibleness or adjunct, He
In highest might and power supremely reigns.

He is my God! my living Savior He!
My sheltering Rock in sad misfortune’s hour!
My standard, refuge, portion, still shall be,
My lot’s Disposer when I seek His power.

Into His hands my spirit I consign
Whilst wrapped in sleep, that I again may wake:
And with my soul, my body I resign;
The Lord with me,--no fears my soul can shake.
403:390

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