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 12, 2005


Daily Readings
Proverbs 19 + Joshua 2 + Deuteronomy 31 + Romans 13

Quote of the Day
…the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; Romans 13 :12

Daily Text: Joshua 2:1-4, 22-24

Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went, and entered the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and spent the night there. 2The king of Jericho was told, "Some Israelites have come here tonight to search out the land." 3Then the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come only to search out the whole land." 4But the woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said, "True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from.
22 They departed and went into the hill country and stayed there three days, until the pursuers returned. The pursuers had searched all along the way and found nothing. 23Then the two men came down again from the hill country. They crossed over, came to Joshua son of Nun, and told him all that had happened to them. 24They said to Joshua, "Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands; moreover all the inhabitants of the land melt in fear before us."

The last time we heard about spies Joshua was one of them. On that occasion only Joshua and Caleb were positive about Israel’s chances to take the land. Now these two men report that the inhabitants ‘melt in fear’ in the face of the Israelite threat. This report confirms the word of God to Joshua that he is to proceed with the invasion. That is not to say that the natives will lay down their arms, but God has promised victory.

How true that is for God’s people in all times. Our ‘land to be conquered’ is the making of disciples and Jesus promises “I am with you always, to the end of the age” [Matthew 28:46].

Right Must Win
from “On the Field”
Frederick William Faber

O it is hard to work for God,
To rise and take His part
Upon this battle-field of earth,
And not sometimes lose heart!

He hides Himself so wondrously,
As though there were not God;
He is least seen when all the powers
Of ill are most abroad.

Or He deserts us at the hour
The fight is all but lost;
And seems to leave us to ourselves
Just when we need Him most.

Ill masters good, good seems to change
To ill with greatest ease;
And, worst of all, the good with good
Is at cross purposes.

It is not so, but so it looks,
And we lose courage then;
And doubts will come if God hath kept
His promises to men.

Workman of God! oh, lose not heart,
But learn what God is like,
And in the darkest battle-field,
Thou shalt know where to strike.

Thrice blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when He
Is most invisible.

Blest too is he who can divine
Where real right doth lie,
And dares to take the side that seems
Wrong to man’s blindfold eye.

Muse on His justice, downcast soul,
Muse, and take better heart;
Back with thine angel to the field,
And bravely do thy part.

For right is right, since God is God,
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter would be sin.


Blogger Norm said...

In Jewish tradition, the prostitute Rahab marries Joshua and her descendants included Jeremiah and Baruch. Matthew 1:5, however, makes her the wife of Boaz’s father Salmon and an ancestress of David and Jesus.

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