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, September 07, 2006

Behaving Wisely: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 11 with poem by Omar Khayyam, Worldly Wisdom

Daily Readings
Psalm 122, I Kings 13, II Chronicles 11, Jeremiah 12

Daily Text: II Chronicles 11

Behaving Wisely
Rehoboam has a change of heart and behavior won in the hard way through losing most of his kingdom. He began behaving wisely:
• he formed an army to retrieve his kingdom
• he listened to the word of LORD when God said not to attack his kindred
• he fortified many cities in Judah for the defense of Judah
• he welcomed the priests and Levites from all over Israel
• like David he selected an able son to succeed him
• he distributed his sons throughout his territory among the fortified cities and gave them enough provisions and wives to keep them happy
By so doing he ‘became’ his father’s son; he was teachable. And as a result he became an established and formidable monarch. Unfortunately, neither his wisdom or his strength was to last very long.

Worldly Wisdom
from The Rubáiyát
Omar Khayyám
tr. by Edward Fitzgerald

Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and saint, and heard great argument
About it and about; but evermore
Came out by the same door as in I went.

With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow’
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d—
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”

Into this Universe, and ?Why not knowing
Nor Whence, like Water willy-nilly flowing;
And out of it, as Wind along the Waste,
I know not Whither, willy-nilly blowing.

Up from Earth’s Centre through the Seventh Gate
I rose, and on the Throne of Saturn sate,
And many a Knot unravel’d by the Road;
But not the Master-knot of Human Fate.

There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see;
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was—and then no more of Thee and Me.

Collect for the Day
Lord Jesus, give us the peace of the new Jerusalem. Bring all nations into your kingdom to share your gifts, that they may render thanks to you without end and may come to your eternal city, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

[476:883:122 Psalm prayer]


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