Tuesday, November 27, 2012
An aged, somber Solomon is traditionally thought to have written the Book of Ecclesiastes. Though modern scholarship shows that this is not the case, yet we can muse that long years of wisdom, and many years of not-so-wise behaviors—could beget ponderous sayings from a pessimistic spirit that perhaps pervaded the soul of this ancient king in the evening of his life. Flowing beneath the somber, sober tones, there is detachment from worldly concerns that sends a sweet flow of serenity into your soul.
It is the end of the church year and the end of the solar year as well, for autumn is the end of what has begun in spring. Jewish people read Ecclesiastes in its entirety as part of their autumn harvest holiday, the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot.
I suggest you take each of the four chapters at different times of the day, perhaps morning, afternoon, evening and before retiring. The passages are especially suited to the end of the day, as a symbol of the end of life.
The Reading for Today
This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” In this season we read Proverbs 22&mash;23; 2 Kings
and Ecclesiastes 5—8