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

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Reassembling Boundaries

Daily Readings
Jonah 2:2-9 + II Kings 14 + II Chronicles 25 + Jeremiah 47

Quote of the Day
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the LORD!” Jonah 2:9

Daily Text: II Kings 14

Reassembling Boundaries
Jeroboam II began his reign in Samaria in 786 B.C. The son of Joash of Israel, he ruled 41 years, longer than any other king of Israel if you count the eight years that he was co-regent with his father. II King’s has a very terse record of his accomplishments and though they were considerable, our predominant impression is that he was another of Israel’s sinful royals. The terseness probably has to do with the Deuteronomist’s bias against Israel and toward Judah. However, Jeroboam was used of God to reassemble the boundaries that matched those of David and Solomon from central Syria in the north, beyond but including Damascus, the capital of Aram, to the Dead Sea in the south. Jonah, and his whale of a reputation, supported Jeroboam’s military adventures in contrast to both the Deuteronomist’s opinion and the prophecies of Amos, who was prophesying at the same time as Jonah. Amos in 6:14 inadvertently confirms Jeroboam’s triumphs as he castigates his arrogance and predicts his downfall. There is this conflict for YHWH between carrying out the covenant he has concluded with Jacob and his progeny, and holding the people accountable for their sins. In Jeroboam’s time he does both reinforcing the statement recorded in 13:23 with the words in 14:26,27: “For the LORD saw that the distress of Israel was very bitter; there was no one left, bond or free, and no one to help Israel. But the LORD had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Joash.”

The Home of Love
Judah Halevi

Ever since You were the home of love for me,
my love has lived where You have lived.
Because of You, I have delighted in the wrath of my enemies;
let them be, let them torment the one whom You tormented.
It was from You that they learned their wrath, and I love them,
for they hound the wounded one whom You struck down.
Ever since You despised me, I have despised myself,
for I will not honour what You despise.
So be it, until Your anger has passed,
and again You will redeem Your own possession,
which You once redeemed.


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