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, January 01, 2006

Though your Sins are Like Scarlet

The Feast of the Holy Name

Daily Readings
Psalm 8 Exodus 34:1-8 Isaiah 1 Luke 2:15-21

Daily Text: Isaiah 1

Though your Sins are like Scarlet
If Isaiah’s prophecy begins in the year that King Uzziah died (Isaiah 6:1), then that may well have been 735 B.C., the year that Ahaz, son of Jotham, became king. Unlike his father and grandfather, Ahaz became known as an unfaithful king, an evil man. His was the actual reign that saw the prophecy of Isaiah. Like Jeremiah in chapter 44 in Egypt, the prophet queries why this people would be so masochistic as to live in rebellion against the Lord God and thereby receive punishment at his hand? Rebelliousness, however, starts out as the theme of Isaiah’s prophecy (vs. 2). Simply by grace Adonai preserves a righteous remnant in Jerusalem (vss. 8, 9).
Note three beautiful forerunner’s of Isaiah’s prophecy: 1) that Israel is considered a son by God, who is therefore his father, 2) survival is brought about by grace, and 3) participation by the remnant in God’s redemption requires a decision on their part. Amazing.

Beyond Knowledge
Alice Meynell

Into the rescued world newcomer,
The newly-dead stepped up, and cried,
“O what is that, sweeter than summer
Was to my heart before I died?
Sir (to an angel), what is yonder
More bright than the remembered skies,
A lovelier sight, a softer splendour
Than when the moon was wont to rise?
Surely no sinner wears such seeming
Even the Rescued World within?”
“O the success of His redeeming!
O child, it is a rescued sin!”

Collect for the Day
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. [BCP 213]


Blogger Norm said...

I am thrilled that this blog is back on line. I have missed it.

Regarding this verse,
rabbinic tradition states that Isaiah’s father Amoz was the brother of King Amaziah and therefore Isaiah is the 1st cousin to King Uzziah.

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