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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Friday, August 26, 2005

The Succession

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:17-40 + I Kings 1 + I Chronicles 19 + Jeremiah 14

Quote of the Day
Your decrees are my delight, they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

Daily Text: I Kings 1

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

The Succession
Picture perfect David is not, at this late stage in his life. However, in some sense success is his. Note the root of the word ‘succession,’ someone to follow after, someone to continue your name. Although many of those who have served him have departed, there are enough strong souls loyal to him to enable him to determine who will succeed him. As is often the case, the race goes to the one willing to grasp at the golden ring, and having grasped to win all. This is as true for Adonijah as it is for Nathan and Bathsheba. Adonijah was also willing to gamble all, but risks are always real and he lost it all, while Solomon won the prize.

At war here are the images of success that were projected strongly in David’s own day, as in our own. Triumph or the wisdom gained in the fear of the LORD. In the end there is David the king, warmed by the most beautiful lass in the land and there is the son of David, alone on the cross.

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

Provide, Provide
Robert Frost

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,

The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.

Die early and avoid the fate
Or if predestined to die late
Make up your mind to die in state.

Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be, occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone.

Some have relied on what they knew,
Others on simply being true.
What worked for them might work for you.

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard
Or keeps the end from being hard.

Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!
395:227

(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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