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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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tithes and Offerings: Malachi 2:17-3:15 with poem by Henry C. Spear, Calling For God

Daily Readings
Isaiah 65, I Maccabees 15, Malachi 2:17-3:15, Luke 23

Daily Text: Malachi 2:2:17-3:15

Tithes and Offerings
The message of the prophet comes out in startling clarity in Malachi 2:17-3:15. You have continually turned aside from my ways. The appropriate response is to return to my ways. How can you do that? By bringing the full tithe and offerings into my house, for you have been robbing me by withholding them. And if you will bring them to my storehouse, I will bless you with more than you could wish for, so much so that the nations will call you the land of delight. This seems to be much more than a promise of agricultural plenty, but also of spiritual bounty. We can take note or we can continue withholding! It is a very practical response. It probably doesn’t matter where we begin our full commitment, as long as we begin it somewhere. In time growing integrity will lead to full commitment in every area of our life. Doing so in the economic arena is probably the simplest and easiest area of all to turn over to God.

Calling For God
Henry C. Spear
Where is the God of Justice? Malachi 2:17

God made the world both beautiful and good.
Then turned it over to His children fair,
A place to work and play in brotherhood,
To love and grow and blessings vast to share.
But what a mess man has made of God’s gift!
How selfishness and hate have marred the plan!
The human race bewilderedly adrift,
The image of the God all blurred in man.
Why doesn’t God assert His sovereign rights?
And make His subjects live as He desires?
His plan is seen as Jesus Christ invites
Devotion to the service love inspires.
God came to earth through Jesus Christ that is true,
He’ll only come again through me and you.
377:763

Collect for the Day
Helper of the helpless, comfort of the afflicted may your servants who stand in the midst of evil find strength in the knowledge of your presence, and praise you for the wonders of your love; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

[476:742:Psalm 31 Psalm prayer]

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