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, November 14, 2006

The Weight of Fire: II Esdras 4:1-5:20 with poem by Alfred Tennyson, Flower in the Crannied Wall

Daily Readings
Psalm 131, Nehemiah 9:1-37, II Esdras 4:1-5:20, Revelation 2

Daily Text: II Esdras 4:1-5:20

The Weight of Fire
In this section of the second vision, II Esdras 4:1-5:20, the archangel Uriel maintains that God’s ways are beyond comprehension. Ezra, holding up his side of the dialogue, cannot agree, for life is not worth living if one has the faculty of understanding without the information to make that faculty whole. Clever are the stratagems offered by the author, e.g., tell me the weight of fire, giving his theological understanding in the words of Uriel, and perhaps the tension of human struggle in the questions of Ezra [cf. 540:180].

Flower in the Crannied Wall
Alfred Tennyson
1809-1892

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
407:54

Collect for the Day
God of earthquake, wind, and fire, may we know you also in the voice of silence. Teach us the way of quiet, that we may find our peace in your presence, in the pattern of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

[476:889:131 Psalm prayer]

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