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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: The senseless have vain and false hopes, and dreams give wings to fools. As one who catches at a shadow and pursues the wind, so is anyone who believes in dreams. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 34:1-2 (NRSV) – October 31, 2014) The shadows tonight will be full of dreams moving from house to house, door to door, seeking handouts of candy or toys or whatever with a cry of “Trick or Treat!” We …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Luke’s Gospel: Jesus said, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Luke 12:1 (NRSV) – October 30, 2014) I often wonder what (if any) thought went into the construction of various lectionaries, particularly the Daily Office lectionary of the Episcopal Church. Are the sometimes strange, sometimes enlightening, often puzzling juxtapositions of texts planned or simply fortuitous? Today Jesus uses yeast as a metaphor for what he considers …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Slander has shaken many, and scattered them from nation to nation; it has destroyed strong cities, and overturned the houses of the great. Slander has driven virtuous women from their homes, and deprived them of the fruit of their toil. Those who pay heed to slander will not find rest, nor will they settle down in peace. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 28:14-16 (NRSV) – October 29, 2014) In law school I learned that …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. * * * “I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 24:1 & 12 (NRSV) – October 28, 2014) According to Ben Sira, personified Wisdom is rooted in Jerusalem; at the command of the Creator, she has take up residence in Zion among the Chosen People. These days …

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Fear Not – From the Daily Office – October 27, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Be brave, it will not make you burst! (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 19:10 (NRSV) – October 27, 2014) Ben Sira’s admonition is set in context in a discussion of gossip, but in the United States today it could also apply to the silly, ignorant, unthinking panic that has attended the arrival of the ebola virus in our country. Today’s morning headlines include news of …

 

Elements of Choice – From the Daily Office – October 25, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose. Before each person are life and death, and whichever one chooses will be given. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 15:16-17 (NRSV) – October 25, 2014) Fire and water. Life and death. Which is which? Initially, I thought fire was the death symbol, destructive and dangerous, and water, life-giving water, the emblem of life. But last night I watched …

 

Shut Up! – From the Daily Office – October 24, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not find fault before you investigate; examine first, and then criticize. Do not answer before you listen, and do not interrupt when another is speaking. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 11:7-8 (NRSV) – October 24, 2014) I should have taken a course on the Deutero-Canon when I was in seminary! Really! I’m just astounded at the amount of really good advice there is in this one book, The Wisdom of Jesus, Son of …

 

Toleration – From the Daily Office – October 23, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not get angry with your neighbor for every injury, and do not resort to acts of insolence. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 10:6 (NRSV) – October 23, 2014) Today is the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, also called James the Just, also known as the brother of our Lord. He is revered as the advocate of tolerance for Gentile converts (see Acts 15:12-19). Of note is the apparent fact that he was …

 

Alms? – From the Daily Office – October 22, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Do not grow weary when you pray; do not neglect to give alms. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 7:10 (NRSV) – October 22, 2014) “Do not neglect to give alms.” Alms: “charitable donations of money or goods to the poor or needy” says the dictionary with an etymological note saying it comes from an old Greek word, eleemosyne, meaning “pity, mercy.” The fancy plates of wood or brass or silver passed down the rows …

 

Friendship – From the Daily Office – October 21, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not trust them hastily. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 6:7 (NRSV) – October 21, 2014) My wife and I don’t like to admit it, but as we each have started our seventh decade on this planet we best do so . . . we have each made really bad decisions about trusting people we believed to be friends. We’ve had confidences betrayed; we’ve lost …