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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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bible Comment on Ezekiel 45 with poem by Edwin Markham, Breathless Awe: Holy, Municipal and Royal Districting

Daily Readings
Wisdom of Solomon 6, I Samuel 15:1-33, Ezekiel 45, Romans 3

Daily Text: Ezekiel 45

Holy, Municipal and Royal Districting
There is a new division of land being made in Ezekiel 45 to support the new temple and the kingdom in the post-exilic period. These are considered ample to support both the temple staff and the royal household and its prerogatives. Interestingly, the royal house receives lands that stretch on both sides of the Holy and Municipal districts from the Jordan River westward to the Mediterranean Sea. The royal lands were not to displace the tribes, but were rather for protection in law and in economics for the common person. Justice was to reign. Fair balances and measures were to become the signature of the king. Radical this must have seemed at the time.

Breathless Awe
Edwin Markham


“Two things,” said Kant, “fill me with breathless awe:
The starry heaven and the moral law!”
But I know a thing more awful and obscure—
The long, long patience of the plundered poor.

Collect for the Day
Strengthen us, O God, to relieve the oppressed, to hear the groans of poor prisoners, to reform the abuses of all professions; that many be made not poor to make a few rich; for Jesus Christ's sake. Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658 [489:153:August 17]


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