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, July 05, 2006

Ancient Enmity: Bible Comment on Ezekiel 35 with poem by Joaquin Miller, In Men Whom Men Condemn

Daily Readings
Psalm 99, I Samuel 5, Ezekiel 35, John 14

Daily Text: Ezekiel 35

Ancient Enmity
Edom’s betrayal of Judah was so vicious that it was never forgotten. Survey Psalm 137:7 ff., to find an appreciation for this ancient enmity. It fed in both directions. But such enmity, such judgement, one of the other is condemned thoroughly by the LORD, in Ezekiel 35. There is a principle here: judge not that you be not judged. Romans 2 is very clear that this principle still obtains. In the very act of judging another, one becomes not only guilty, but somehow guilty of the identical sin in the eyes of God. Recognition of sin and condemnation of it in another are two different practices. Edom was open to the purview of God. One is reminded of the Collect for Purity (BCP 355), “Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid….” It is as if one’s thoughts and ‘hidden’ deeds are thrown up on a screen for all to see, but in reality it is the Holy One who does the seeing.

In Men Whom Men Condemn
Joaquin Miller


In men whom men condemn as ill
I find so much of goodness still,
In men whom men pronounce divine
I find so much of sin and blot,
I do not dare to draw a line
Between the two, where God has not.

Collect for the Day
Lord our God, ruler of the universe, you love what is right. Lead us in your righteousness, that we my live to praise you, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. [476:837:99 Psalm prayer]


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