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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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Child of Abraham?

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:120, 121 + I Kings 9 + I Chronicles 27 + Jeremiah 22

Quote of the Day
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. Psalm 121:7

Daily Text: I Kings 9

Child of Abraham?
That Solomon was in the line of leaders that extended from Moses through Joshua, Samuel and David is confirmed in this passage by the repeated visitation he has from the LORD. Here he has a second vision or dream like the one at Gibeon, and in it the LORD confirms his presence with him as successor to David’s line. The confirmation is conditional, however, as it always is, conditional on his faithful obedience to the commands of God. This is always the heart of God’s way, that one walks with integrity of heart and uprightness before God and man.

This is not confirmation of the Jewish idea of being a child of Abraham and therefore always acceptable. Neither is it confirmation of the currently popular heresy of baptismal regeneration in some branches of the Christian church. The response of God to lip service without a committed life behind it is to find oneself and one’s people cut-off, and find that even the house of the LORD will become anathema (vs. 7). To be the chosen of God is bear great benefit and great responsibility. The one goes with the other. They cannot be separated. To be a child of Abraham is like being a child of God, but there is no simple ritual act that brings all of that together. It requires a life of dedication, integrity and holiness.

‘The Divine Image’
William Blake

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
All pray in their distress;
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.

For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
Is God, our Father dear,
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
Is man, His child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face,
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man, of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
There God is dwelling too.
407:430

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