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, May 14, 2006

Moses' Blessing: Bible Comment on Deuteronomy 33 with poem by G. A. Studdert-Kennedy, My Peace I Give Unto You

Daily Readings
Proverbs 15, Joshua 4, Deuteronomy 33, II Corinthians 10

Daily Text: Deuteronomy 33

Moses’ Blessing
Deuteronomy 33 begins (vs. 1-5) and ends (26-29) with two stanzas of an ancient Hebrew hymn. Enclosed between its stanzas Moses’ Blessing on the Twelve tribes falls, Joseph being the one with the greatest honor.

Verses 11 and 21 are apostrophe’s within the ‘Blessing’ poem, the first referring to Levi, and likely also to Simeon, who is not explicitly mentioned, in reference to their treacherous genocide of the men of Shechem in Genesis 34. In that regard this verse may be translated ‘Curse O YHWH his strength, but the work of his hands you shall accept favorably’ (498: 841, 850

My Peace I Give Unto You
G. A. Studdert-Kennedy


Blessed are the eyes that see
The things that you have seen,
Blessed are the feet that walk
The ways where you have been.

Blessed are the eyes that see
The Agony of God,
Blessed are the feet that tread
The paths His feet have trod.

Blessed are the souls that solve
The paradox of Pain,
And find the path that, piercing it,
Leads through to Peace again.

Collect for the Day
O God, whose grace and mercy flow like an endless river from your great being, help me now to place myself in the path of your rushing love and limitless compassion, that I may find my spirit renewed. Amen. [479:280]


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