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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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Righteous Anger

Daily Readings
Ecclesiastes 5 + Judges 14 + Tobit 3 + Mark 4

Quote of the Day
When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it. Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5

Daily Text: Judges 14:5-6, 14, 18-20
5Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah. When he came to the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion roared at him. 6The spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. 14He said to them, "Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet." But for three days they could not explain the riddle. 18The men of the town said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle." 19Then the spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He killed thirty men of the town, took their spoil, and gave the festal garments to those who had explained the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father's house. 20And Samson's wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.


Lectio What one word or phrase from the Daily Text leaps out at you? ‘Comment’ below.

Righteous Anger
Weak the mighty man no doubt was. Full of the grace of God and mostly empty of His wisdom. Innocent, trusting, impetuous, he was vulnerable in all human emotions. Here was a man, not defined by coldness, distance, intelligence, and independence, but by passion, sensitivity, a sense of wonder, God’s touch. Full of fun and pranks, he could pose a riddle to get the best of those around him. Betrayed by wife and guest, father-in-law and friend, his outrage knew no bounds. Aroused he was danger defined. “In hot anger he went back to his father’s house” [verse 19c].

Meditatio What would you add to this commentary on the Daily Text? ‘Comment’ below.

Angry Samson
Robert Graves

Are they blind, the lords of Gaza
In their strong towers,
Who declare Samson pillow-smothered
And stripped of his powers?

O stolid Philistines
Stare now in amaze
At my foxes running in your cornfields
With their tails ablaze,

At swung jaw-bone, at bees swarming
In the stark lion’s hide,
At these, the gates of well-walled Gaza
A-clank to my stride.
395:185

(Alternative poem? Include under ‘comment’ below.)

Oratio Conspire to respond with an act of kindness for someone you encounter today. Make it loving, low key and low risk. Hold a door, clean a car, give a flower, notice the unnoticed, make Christ’s love real. Write your experience below under ‘Comment.’

Contemplatio Enjoy what God is doing through you.

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