Lectionary Haiku 2 April 2022

Rescue through suffering and sacrifice is a universal theme that finds a particularly focused emphasis in the Hebrew and Christian traditions. The single word “Passover” evokes strong sacred memory in both traditions.

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Psalm 126

Well may they declare
The goodness of God to us
We know the high cost.

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Exodus 12:21-27

A young lamb suffers
For the safety of your young
And your survival.

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John 11:45-57

A man lamb suffers
And we wonder at myst’ry
He is God lamb too.

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Lectionary Haiku 1 April 2022

Today’s texts, following the Psalm, arise from contexts of raw living that have their parallels today, the survival of a people when their country is occupied – and adjusting to the task of maintaining community when sickness and prison chains bind us.

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Psalm 126

It happened before
God restored life to fullness
‘Twill happen again.

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Isaiah 43:8-15

History repeats
When right is on your side and
I am in your midst

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Philippians 2:25-3:1

A prison letter
offers strength against all odds
via Paul and envoy.

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Lectionary Haiku 31 March 2022

When one has been through the storm and come out the other side, one might sing a Psalm of reorientation. Such are today’s texts.

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Psalm 126

Restore us O God
As we lick our fest’ring wounds
receiving your balm.

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Isaiah 43:1-7

Pass through the waters
Walk through the hot fires unscorched
For I am with you.

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Philippians 2:19-24

Faithful companion
Envoy of love, hope and faith
Receive him full well.

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Lectionary Haiku 30 March 2022

When the foolish turn to God’s ways they discover an economy of abundance for the sake of Shalom, fulfilment for all (not the pale aberration of today’s prosperity doctrines).

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Psalm 53

Gladness enters in
And blessing is well restored
When God is welcomed.

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2 Kings 4:1-7

The good oil is poured
Blessing that never runs out
Feeds widow and kin.

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Luke 9:10-17

Five loaves and two fish
Gathered and shared with blessing
Can feed multitudes.

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Lectionary Haiku 29 March 2022

No wonder the Psalmist mocks the fools who say there is no God. God’s economy requires Jubilee balance which does not make unbridled profit a priority. It is measured not by hierarchy, but by mutual service epitomised in Revelation’s heavenly vision.

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Psalm 53

When all’s said and done
It’s easier to deny God
than to go His way.

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Leviticus 25:1-19

When Jubilee calls
I yield up my hard-won rights
And we are each free.

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Revelation 19:9-10

In perfected bliss
There is neither low nor high
We serve each other

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Lectionary Haiku 28 March 2022

The Psalm is almost, but not quite imprecatory, perhaps because it is a choir piece intended for worship and it’s hard to curse and worship simultaneously! Leviticus lays out the ground rules for some festivals. Revelation affords us a peek into heaven.

Psalm 53

Divine head must shake
As foolish men run hither
Whisp’ring their nonsense

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Leviticus 23:26-41

Commemorate well
Your seasons of fast and feast.
Recall our stories.

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Revelation 19:1-8

A vision splendid
Pulls trials into focus
And all shall be well.

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Lectionary Haiku 27 March 2022

Third Sunday in Lent

Against all our striving, it is possible to live from a place of renewal. This theme runs through all of today’s texts, culminating in the Bible’s favourite story – the restoration of the Prodigal Son.

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Joshua 5:9-12

Gilgal they called it
Captive shame is rolled away
A new phase begins!

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Psalm 32

Today’s weight lifting,
Despair of soul grows lighter.
Joy is possible

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2 Corinthians 5:16-21

A new creation
The old is gone, the new come
Clear, fragrant and light

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Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

When the Father ran
To welcome a wayward child
did he disgrace Self?

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Lectionary Haiku 26 March 2022

Recovery from lostness through remorse, distraction or dumb chance runs through today’s texts. There is always a finder!

Psalm 32

Lost in my remorse
I know where I might be found
I turn to my God

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Exodus 32:7-14

My precious gold calf
Distracts from holy calling
Yet his love persists

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Luke 15:1-10

Dumb passive lostness
Evokes much loving action
And finding is joy

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Lectionary Haiku 25 March 2022

The drive for reconciliation appears in both today’s Psalm and Paul’s appeal to the Christians in Corinth. Joshua points to the cairns of the Jordan crossing as occasions for retelling the story to coming generations.

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Psalm 32

I come to myself
When I cease to hide my ways
And am known by You.

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Joshua 4:14-24

Pile of river stones
Tells a tale of a crossing
By which we are known

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2 Corinthians 5:6-15

Love of Christ urges us
Towards reconciling all
May His way compel

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Lectionary Haiku 24 March 2022

The joy of a restored and previously strained relationship is the Psalm that sets the tone for today. A solemn rite underlines Israel’s taking possession of a sacred promise while the Apostle Paul speaks of the “weight of glory” that awaits the faithful.

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Psalm 32

I declare myself
To come clean is to be cleansed
Restored to my God

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Joshua 4:1-13

Like the old Red Sea
The Jordan parts and we cross
We build cairns of stone

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2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5

Groaning is our way
Anticipating glory
The Spirit will lead

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