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.

Location: Amherst, Virginia, United States

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Book of Remembrance: Malachi 3:16-4:6 with poem by George Herbert, Easter Wings

Daily Readings
Isaiah 66, I Maccabees 16, Malachi 3:16-4:6, Luke 24

Daily Text: Malachi 3:16-4:6

Book of Remembrance
The difference between the revering ones and the wicked ones is in their service to the LORD, not in their intrinsic goodness. However, the outcomes are going to be as different as their patterns of relationship and service to the name of the holy one. When the prophet speaks God’s message in Malachi 3:16-4:6, those that revere the name of the LORD respond immediately and note is taken in the presence of God with the formation of a Book of Remembrance. The ‘wicked’ evidently ignore the message. They will not be able to ignore judgment day, however. How true that will be for each of us.

Easter Wings
George Herbert

Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
Though foolishly he lost the same,
Decaying more and more,
Till he became
Most poor:
With thee
O let me rise
As larks, harmoniously
And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

My tender age in sorrow did begin:
And still with sicknesses and shame
Thou didst so punish sin,
That I became
Most thin.
With thee
Le me combine,
And feel this day thy victory:
For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.

Collect for the Day
Helper and Defender of Israel, rescue the peoples of the world from destructive anger, and set us free to love and serve each other in the peace of Christ our Lord.

[476:884:Psalm 124 Psalm prayer]


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