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Lectionary Poetry – 18th Sunday After Pentecost ( Year B )

Lectionary Poetry

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week.
 
 

*** Narrative Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

A Little East of Jordan
Emily Dickinson

A little East of Jordan,
Evangelists record,
A Gymnast and an Angel
Did wrestle long and hard —

Till morning touching mountain —
And Jacob, waxing strong,
The Angel begged permission
To Breakfast — to return —

Not so, said cunning Jacob!
“I will not let thee go
Except thou bless me” — Stranger!
The which acceded to —

Light swung the silver fleeces
“Peniel” Hills beyond,
And the bewildered Gymnast
Found he had worsted God!

*** This poem is in the public domain, 
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Jacob: Ballade
Madeleine L’Engle

SNIPPET:

Mortal and angel wrestle through the night,
Jacob struggling, wildly wondering why
An angel should choose man for this strange fight.

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