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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Friday, September 29, 2006

Seasons of Joy: Bible Comment on Zechariah 8 with poem by Thomas Curtis Clark, Zechariah, The Prophet Of The Restoration

The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Daily Readings
Psalm 103, Genesis 28:10-17, Zechariah 8, Revelation 12:7-12

Daily Text: Zechariah 8

Seasons of Joy
Zechariah 8 continues the theme of the prophet’s final essay in what is sometimes called I Zechariah. The LORD’s jealousy brought wrath on the people and the land, but such jealousy is obviously borne in love and the love continues until now He is ready to do a new thing. He is ready to return to Judah and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. The population will again become large with elders sitting in public places and children playing unrestricted in the streets. The present remnant, that people listening to Zechariah, should strengthen their hands for the work of rebuilding. Once wages were unavailable, security was negligible and the people’s unity was limited, but no more. Peace shall be sown, agriculture shall flourish, the people’s possessions shall increase. Judah may once have been a curse in the mouth of the nations, but it shall now become a blessing in the experience of the same nations. In the same way that I visited wrath on your ancestors, I will visit good on you, says the LORD.

To answer your question, Bethel, about the fast of the fifth month, let me say, says the LORD, that the fasts of that month as well as those of the fourth, seventh and tenth months shall all be seasons of joy, cheerful festivals for the house of Judah, and you are to embrace loyally both truth and peace. It will be your experience that people will come from all over the world to go with you to worship the LORD. Ten men for every one of you will come. You will again become the center of life in my world.

Zechariah, The Prophet Of The Restoration
Thomas Curtis Clark

I will return to Zion, saith the Lord;
And I will dwell in Jerusalem,
Which shall be called “The faithful city.”
And her mountain, “The holy mountain”;
And her people, and the people of Judah,
Shall be my people, and I their God.

Thus spake Jehovah,
Who had been indignant over Zion
And had been aroused towrath over her.

Exult, greatly, O Zion!
Lo, your king comes to you,
Humble and riding upon an ass;
And his domination shall be from sea to sea.

Thus spake Jehovah,
Who remembered no more
His enmity toward Jerusalem.

And it shall come to pass that the nations
Which warred against Jerusalem
Shall go up to her mountain
To worship the King, the Lord of hosts;
And all shall say, “Holy to the Lord.”

Thus spake Jehovah,
Who had forgotten his wrath
And had restored his people
To Jerusalem and to Judah.
377:682

Collect for the Day
Eternal God,
you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order
the ministries of angels and mortals.
Grant that as your holy angels stand before you in heaven,
so at your command
they may help and defend us here on earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

[476:424:Saint Michael and All Angels]

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