Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 22nd Sunday After Pentecost (Year A)


Each week we carefully curate a collection of  poems that resonate with the lectionary readings for that week (Narrative Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary).
 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

The Everlasting Gospel (Excerpt)
William Blake


He says with most consummate art
“Follow Me, I am meek and lowly of heart,
As that is the only way to escape
The miser’s net and the glutton’s trap.”
What can be done with such desperate fools
Who follow after the heathen schools?
I was standing by when Jesus died;
What I call’d humility, they call’d pride.
He who loves his enemies betrays his friends.
This surely is not what Jesus intends;
But the sneaking pride of heroic schools,
And the Scribes’ and Pharisees’ virtuous rules;
For He acts with honest, triumphant pride,
And this is the cause that Jesus dies.



 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

The Good News
Thich Nhat Hanh

SNIPPET:

The good news
they do not print.
The good news
we do print.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.

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