Reflections on the Lectionary

Reflections on the Lectionary

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Reflections for

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; (1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136;) Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Jul 27, 2014
Poetry

Intercession

When I wake in the night and think
of what I might have said in class that day,
I wonder why my life consists

of inarticulate occasions.
No timely word, only belated ones.
Every hour a first draft, and then another.

It makes me want to announce, “Listen!
Listen to what I do not say. Listen
to what it is you cannot say yourselves.”

There are sighs and groans,
           just sighs and groans.
Interpret them, dear ones, as you may.

Books

What Shall We Say? by Thomas G. Long

Pat Robertson had a ready explanation for the Haiti earthquake—he said that it was an expression of divine wrath at a centuries-old pact with the devil. Robertson's explanation may offend many of us, but attempts at offering a theodicy have a long pedigree.

 

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