Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Religion of peace

Joel 3 9-10

From the Matins reading in the (real) Breviary.

Calling the children of Israel to a holy war:

Proclaim ye this among the nations: prepare war, rouse up the strong: let them come, let all the men of war come up.

Cut your ploughshares into swords, and your spades into spears. Let the weak say: I am strong.


BillyHW said...

I was lied to by a bunch of hippies in Catholic school.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Every. Freakin. Day.

DP said...

Just read that in the "Anglican" [sic] Breviary on the bus home from work yesterday.

I was struck by that, too--being a reversal of Isaiah 2:4. The thing is, it's directed to the gentiles, not Israel, so it hit me as being a little more ambiguous--why is the Almighty stirring up the Gentiles to a holy war?

Anonymous said...

God is basically saying Bring it On. Put 'em up, you nations. Show Me your best. and I will cause all your strong ones to fall down" [Joel 3:12]. and I will sit to judge (declare the truth to, and rule) all the nations round about.

And then.. Advent :. v. 18 : the mountains shall drop down sweetness and the hills will flow with milk.