Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 2nd Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Lectionary Poetry Trinity Sunday

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:
Gen. 17:1-7,15-16

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Abraham
John Henry Newman

The better portion didst thou choose, GreaTheart,
Thy God’s first choice, and pledge of Gentile grace!
Faith’s truest type, he with unruffled face
Bore the world’s smile, and bade her slaves depart;
Whether, a trader, with no trader’s art,
He buys in Canaan his last resting-place, —
Or freely yields rich Siddim’s ample space, —
Or braves the rescue, and the battle’s smart,
Yet scorns the heathen gifts of those he saved.
O happy in their soul’s high solitude,
Who commune thus with God, and not with earth!
Amid the scoffings of the wealth-enslaved,
A ready prey, as though in absent mood
They calmly move, nor reck the unmanner’d mirth.

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

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Abraham: With Laughter
Madeleine L’Engle

Snippet:

Unlike the other gods
you are not satisfied with holocausts
and the sweet smell of smoke.

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