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, May 25, 2006

The Marching Masses: Bible Comment on II Maccabees 10 with poem by Samuel Hanagid, War

Daily Readings
Proverbs 25, Joshua 15, II Maccabees 10, Ephesians 3

Daily Text: II Maccabees 10

The Marching Masses
Purification, at last. Purification of the Holy City, of the Holy Temple, of the Holy Place. After two years of desecration, once again the incense, the lamps, the shew bread, and the fire for sacrifice. In II Maccabees 10 Judas Maccabeus was victorious, but the war was not over, and with the advent of Antiochus Eupator the generals marshalled their armies and came on. Gorgias and his mercenaries, the Idumeans, the traitors of Judas’ own forces, Timothy, Chaereas, and Apollophanes, these were the ones in the forefront of the marching masses. .

Samuel Hanagid

War is at first like a beautiful girl with whom all men long to play,
but in the end like a repulsive hag whose suitors all weep and ache.

Collect for the Day
To you, Creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, I pray:
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and
violence among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will
suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice when I beg you to instill into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship.
Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always
respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice, and grant unto the world your everlasting peace.
[489:226:December 15 Pope John Paul II]


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