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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Thursday, April 20, 2006

What is Required of You?: Bible Comment on Deuteronomy 10 with poem by Clinton Scollard, Petition

Daily Readings
Psalm 106:1-18, Numbers 16, Deuteronomy 10, Matthew 15

Daily Text: Deuteronomy 10

What is Required of You?

What is required of you? Reverence, awe, the fear of God. Deuteronomy 10 not only is a major source for the second giving of the Ten Words or Commandments, it is also a source for the great words of Micah 6:1-8—“to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”. But here it is summed up in the words “only to fear the LORD your God”. The summary is then extended to the details: serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, and keep the commandments. Part of that is to love the stranger and do so not only because you were once a stranger in Egypt, but because your LORD God loves the stranger. That is, your moral imperatives reside in God and as one created in His image you live them out as part of your reverence of this awesome God.

Clinton Scollard

I, for long days a stranger
To all high thoughts austere,
Lord, smite my soul with Danger
Touch thou my heart with Fear!

Out of dull sloth upraise me;
Be my worth fully weighed;
Adjudge me and appraise me
With some keen tempered blade.

Lest in an hour of trial
I fail, I faint, I flee,
In blank shame faced denial
Of both mankind and Thee.

Collect for the Day
I will lift up my hands unto thee, O my God!
So shall I praise thee.
As the flower breaketh from the bud
And from the blind earth riseth fast
The stem, and pusheth from the root
The eager shoot—upwards and upwards—
So shall I praise thee, Lord of light,
With lifted hands.

Deep planted is the soul—alone
It dwelleth in a secret place
And sleepeth until the spring;
Then it hungereth and thirsteth,
And thou art rain and sunsine
And the voice of birds at dawn.
So will I praise thee, Lord,
With lifted hands.
[By Amy K. Blank 477:242:34]


Anonymous Judith Levine said...

Amy Kirchberger Blank was my husband's grandmother and an incredibly wonderful woman. I very much appreciate you keeping her memory alive by including her poetry on your site. Blessings, Judith Levine

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