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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Monday, August 28, 2006

Newly Made Man: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 1 with poem by George Santayana, O World

Daily Readings
Psalm 119:49-64, I Kings 3, II Chronicles 1, Jeremiah 2

Daily Text: II Chronicles 1

Newly Made Man
Solomon is portrayed as capable and one who makes good choices from the very beginning. No young and inexperienced man this suggests the Chronicler in II Chronicles 1. He has his priorities straight. First, worship at Gibeon where the Tent of Meeting is. It won’t be there long, for he is to build the temple. Second, he is visited by God at night. The Chronicler mentions no dream; this seems to be a direct visitation. The dream report comes from Kings. During this visitation, Solomon asks for wisdom, something he appears to have already. God is pleased. Third, the transition of power from David to Solomon is seamless, no dissension everyone, including his brothers swear fealty. The leadership is pleased. Finally, to round out this portrait of the newly made man, the Chronicler sizes up not just his wealth, but his ingenuity in creating it. Everyone seems pleased.

O World
George Santayana

O world, thou choosest not the better part!
It is not wisdom to be only wise,
And on the inward vision close the eyes;
But it is wisdom to believe the heart.
Columbus found a world, and had no chart
Save one that faith deciphered in the skies;
To trust the soul’s invincible surmise
Was all his science and his only art.
Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pine
That lights the pathway but one step ahead
Across a void of mystery and dread.
Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine
By which alone the mortal heart is led
Unto the thinking of the thought divine.

Collect for the Day
I pray that the God our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation as I come to know him, so that, with the eyes of my heart enlightened, I may know what is the hope to which he has called me, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for those who believe.

[489:47:February 17 based on Ephesians 1:17-19]


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