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

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lifting the Veil

Daily Readings
Psalm 9 Genesis 10 Isaiah 10:33-11:16 Acts 9

Daily Text: Isaiah 10:33-11:16

Lifting the Veil
There is a progression here: judgement on Judah, Messianic renewal, Israel’s restoration. If we see the three prophecies all relating to Israel and Judah, they fit in with the Isaianic pattern of prophetic words. Judgement, renewal and restoration brings the people of God back into right relationship. The magnitude of the judgement and the radical nature of the renewal simply lend themselves to an unnaturally large vision of the promised future. Historical and psychological perspective is lost and theologically grounded hope soars, lifting the veil, as it were, on the future.

John Oxenham

Lord, give me faith!—to live from day to day,
With tranquil heart to do my simple part,
And, with my hand in thine, just go Thy way.

Lord, give me faith!—to trust, if not to know;
With quiet mind in all things Thee to find,
And, child-like, go where Thou wouldst have me go.

Lord, give me faith!—to leave it all to Thee,
The future is Thy gift, I would not lift
The veil Thy love has hung ‘twixt it and me.

Collect for the Day
Give us insight, Lord our God, to understand Your ways, and consecrate our hearts to revere You.

From our sins redeem us with forgiveness; from pain and sorrow keep us far.

Bestow upon us Your earth’s abundance, and gather our exiles from earth’s four corners.

To those who stray, briing correction; upon the lawless, place Your hand.

Let the righteous rejoice in the bulding of Your city and the flowering of Your redemption.

Blessed is the Lord, who hearkens to prayer.
[Gates of Prayer: The New Union Prayer Book 471:584, litany for Tish’a Be-av and Yom Hasho-ah]


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