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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Thursday, August 11, 2005

The King Apparent

Daily Readings
The Wisdom of Solomon 18 + II Samuel 13:38-14:33 + I Chronicles 4 + John 20

Quote of the Day
Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!” And God granted what he asked. I Chronicles 4:10

Daily Text: II Samuel 13:38-14:33

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

The King Apparent
Did Joab know David and his experience well enough to re-create a Nathan? It would seem so. For love of David, Joab wanted Absalom at home. Under some circumstances it might be thought that he was warming up to a possible king apparent, but that must be a theory discarded by virtue of the fact that he ignored him, and had nothing to do with him once he brought him back to Jerusalem.

But king apparent Absalom was, not least in his own mind. The description of his beauty and his directness set us up for that eventuality. Only the fact that God, no matter how hidden, continues to direct Israel will prevent this from happening. Again, David, has failed to bring to justice a son who commits a heinous act. Besides, the uncorrected fault will show itself again. Yes, it is his son, but no one is to walk free of justice. The welfare of the people of Israel demands that regardless of the father’s sentiment. YHWH is committed to David and in spite of David’s faults he will bring to the throne the one best prepared to carry on David’s work—nee, God’s work. It is only in the work of Jesus the Christ that forgiveness can come seemingly in mercy without justice. Ah, but the justice was suffered by Jesus! That we must not forget. Therein lies the mystery.

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

The Rabbi’s Song
Rudyard Kipling
II Samuel 14: 14

If thought can reach to Heaven,
On Heaven let it dwell,
For fear thy Thought be given
Like power to reach Hell.
For fear the desolation
And darkness of thy mind
Perplex an habitation
Which thou hast left behind.

Let nothing linger after—
No whimpering ghost remain,
In wall, or beam, or rafter,
Of any hate or pain.
Cleanse and call home thy spirit,
Deny her leave to cast,
On aught thy heirs inherit,
The shadow of her past.

For think, in all thy sadness,
What road our griefs may take;
Whose brain reflect our madness,
Or whom our terrors shake:
For think, lest any languish
By cause of thy distress—
The arrows of our anguish
Fly farther than we guess.

Our lives, our tears, as water,
Are spilled upon the ground;
God giveth no man quarter,
Yet God a means hath found,
Though Faith and Hope have vanished,
And even Love grows dim—
A means whereby His banished
Be not expelled from Him!

(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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