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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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Blessing: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 8:1-16 with poem by Friedrich Rueckert, Solomon and the Sower

Daily Readings
Psalm 120, I Kings 11, II Chronicles 8:1-16, Jeremiah 10

Daily Text: I Chronicles 8:1-16

The Blessing
For the Chronicler Solomon’s completion of the temple was the act of his reign, par excellence. Out of that achievement, a signal work of obedience, flowed all of his significance. Since the Chronicler obviously follows Kings, his departures from Kings take on important significance. Here, it is clear, that his emphasis on Solomon’s obedience is meant to highlight not Solomon, but God’s faithfulness. It is about God, not Solomon, so even though every one knows about Solomon’s failures, as well, only his achievements are crucial for it those achievements that reflect God’s faithfulness. He builds the temple and follows all of David’s instructions concerning an operational liturgy and the result is blessing—the ability to rule his entire life the United Kingdom, the ability to build whatever and wherever he wishes having the wherewithal and the respect of foreign kings (and Queens) to assist his efforts. II Chronicles 8:16 sums all of this up: “Thus all the work of Solomon was accomplished from the day the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid until the house of the LORD was finished completely.”

Solomon and the Sower
Friedrich Rueckert
translated by Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham

In open field King Solomon
Beneath the sky sets up his throne;
He sees a sower walking, sowing,
On every side the seed-corn throwing.

What doest thou there?” exclaimed the king;
“The ground here can no harvest bring,
Break off from such unwise beginning;
Thou’lt get no crop that’s worth the winning.”

The sower hears; his arm he sinks,
And doubtful he stands still, and thinks;
Then goes he forward, strong and steady,
For the wise king this answer ready:--

“I’ve nothing else but this one field;
I’ve watched it, labored it, and tilled.
What further use of pausing, guessing?
The corn from me,--from God the blessing.”

Collect for the Day
Eternal Source of truth and peace, guard your people from the folly of rash and slanderous speech, that the words of our mouth may not cause hurt and rejection, but rather healing and unity; through Christ our Lord.



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