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Follow @FatherEricF From the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach: The leader of his brothers and the pride of his people was the high priest, Simon son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house, and in his time fortified the temple. When he put on his glorious robe and clothed himself in perfect splendor, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the court of the sanctuary glorious. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Eccesiasticus 50:1,11 …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach: Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations. The Lord apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and made a name for themselves by their valor; those who gave counsel because they were intelligent; those who spoke in prophetic oracles; those who led the people by their counsels and by their knowledge of …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Apocalypse of John of Patmos: The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Revelation 16:10-11 (NRSV) – November 5, 2014) The Republicans won control of the Senate. Facebook and other social media this …

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness. It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 43:11-12 (NRSV) – November 4, 2014) Today in the US is the midterm election. I live in a decidedly “red” state with very little chance than any state office or congress seat currently held …

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Divisive Prayer – From the Daily Office – November 3, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Luke’s Gospel: Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Luke 12:51-52 (NRSV) – November 3, 2014) This isn’t what we want or expect to hear from “the Prince of Peace,” but here it is! Jesus is not going to …

 

Stewardship Smiles – From the Daily Office – November 1, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands. With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 35:10-12 (NRSV) – November 1, 2014) It’s about to come to an end, the annual appeal to church members everywhere to …

 

Dreams of Samhain – From the Daily Office – October 31, 2014

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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 …

 

Metaphors – From the Daily Office – October 30, 2014

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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 …

 

A Third Tongue – From the Daily Office – October 29, 2014

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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 …

 

Roots of Wisdom – From the Daily Office – October 28, 2012

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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 …