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

Monday, January 16, 2006

Utterly Stricken

Daily Readings
Psalm 14 Genesis 15 Isaiah 16 Acts 14

Daily Text: Isaiah 16

Utterly Stricken
Moab pleads for Judean asylum and is refused, refused with contempt. Even though Moab promises to become a Judean client state, a tent in Judah’s camp, Judah remembers only Moab’s recent pride, arrogance, and insolence, therefore she is left to wail impotently. Her former export wealth, based on her grain and fruit, is no longer available and being economically bereft the fugitive has nothing to trade for protection.

Sons of Failure
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

There is a close companionship of pain,
There is a clinging brotherhood of woe,
That children of success may never know,
That darlings of the world may never gain.

There lies in misery a subtle tie
Only the brokenhearted understand;
Look feeds on look, hand waits for trembling hand,
Unnoticed of the careless passer-by.

And they, the sons of Failure, sit around,
And in Life’s antechamber sleep and wait,
As day melts into night. It grows too late:
No bed or board on earth for them is found.

Sometimes the doorstep is at midnight crossed,
Follows a muffled movement on the stair:
Jesus, the Son of Heaven, enters there
And takes the lowliest seat among the lost.

Collect for the Day
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [BCP, 816, #6, For our Enemies]


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