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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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Zevach Shelamin--Sacrifice of Well-Being: Bible Commentary on Leviticus 3 with poem by John Quincy Adams, Send Forth, O God, Thy Light and Truth

Daily Readings
Job 31, Exodus 20:8-11, Leviticus 3, I Corinthians 9

Daily Text: Leviticus 3

Zevach Shelamin—Sacrifice of Well-Being
Festive is a good word, a good one to describe this sacrifice. This sacrifice institutes/institutionalizes gratitude and the thankful heart. There is provided a sacramental way to express one’s gratitude to a good God and to do so formally with one’s family and fellows. It also connects the sacrifice of well-being to the word ‘Shalom’ which sits at the heart of the sacrifice of well-being, Zevach Shelamin [185:765].

Send Forth, O God, Thy Light and Truth
John Quincy Adams
1767-1848

Send forth, O God, Thy light and truth,
And let them lead me still,
Undaunted, in the paths of right,
Up to Thy holy hill:
Then toThy altar will I spring,
And in my God rejoice;
And praise shall tune the trembling string,
And gratitude my voice.

O why, my soul, art thou cast down?
Within me why distressed?
Thy hopes the God of grace shall crown;
He yet shall make thee blessed:
To Him, my never-failing Friend,
I bow, and kiss the rod;
To Him shall thanks and praise ascend,
My Saviour and my God.
407:346

Collect for the Day
O God, great and wonderful,
who has created the heavens,
dwelling in the light and beauty thereof;
who has made the earth,
revealing thyself in every flower that opens;
let not mine eyes be blind to thee,
neither let mine heart be dead,
but teach me to praise thee,
even as the lark which offereth her song at daybreak
475:20:4 St. Isidore of Seville (560-636).

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