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

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Settling the Score

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:41-56 + I Kings 2 + I Chronicles 20 + Jeremiah 15

Quote of the Day
Therefore thus says the LORD: If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you, not you who will tun to them. Jeremiah 15:19

Daily Text: I Kings 2

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

Settling the Score
“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” These were not the words of David as he was ‘about to go the way of all the earth.’ Rather his last recorded words to Solomon were personal. ‘Be strong, be courageous.’ Serve the LORD; deal loyally with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and bring the gray heads of Joab and Shimei down with blood to Sheol!

Fortunately, for David and for us, these are not the things we remember of him. We remember the soaring phrases of the psalms. His music is his legacy. Before the time of the prophets and the messiah, this man of God somehow kept his knowledge of God and his knowledge of humankind in separate compartments, so separate that to move from one to the other today is to guarantee discomfort, contradiction and confusion.

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

The Harp the Monarch Minstrel Swept
George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

The harp the monarch minstrel swept,
The king of men, the loved of Heaven,
Which music hallowed while she wept
O’er tones her heart of hearts had given,
Redoubled be her tears, its chords are riven!
It softened men of iron mould,
It gave them virtues not their own;
No ear so dull, no soul so cold,
That felt not, fired not to the tone,
Till David’s lyre grew mightier than his throne!
It told the triumphs of our king,
It wafted glory to our God;
It made our gladdened valleys ring,
The cedars bow, the mountains nod;
Its sound aspired to heaven and there abode!
Since then, though heard on earth no more,
Devotion and her daughter Love
Still bid the bursting spirit soar
To sounds that seem as from above,
In dreams that day’s broad light can not remove.

(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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