This week, something a little different from the modern composer John Rutter. Honestly, his passion is centuries old a cappella polyphony, but his music compositions are popular. This one grows on you even if the swords into ploughshares sentiment is one that needs to be balanced by reality. The text is under the video.
I see a distant land: it shines so clear. Sometimes it seems so far, sometimes so near. Come, join together, take the dusty road; Help one another: share the heavy load. The journey may be long: no end in sight: There may be hills to climb, or giants to fight: But if you’ll take my hand, We’ll walk together toward the land of freedom, freedom, freedom.
I hear a distant song: it fills the air. I hear it, deep and strong, rise up in prayer: ‘O Lord, we are many; help us to be one. Heal our divisions: let thy will be done.’ I know the time will come when war must cease: A time of truth and love, a time of peace. The people cry, ‘How long? Till all our world can join the song of freedom, freedom.
I touch a distant hand and feel its glow, The hand I hoped was there: at last I know. Swords into ploughshares: can it all be true? Friends out of strangers: start with me and you. I see another time, another place Where we can all be one, one human race. The walls will melt away, We’ll come together on the day of freedom, freedom, freedom.
And now for the nitty gritty of the Q Tree 5 minute, stand up, Tuesday morning meeting version of the Daily Thread.
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This is not from today’s readings (we’re in the middle of the recitation of Acts of the Apostles), but where my Bible opened on Monday when I picked a random spot.
Isaiah, Chapter 27
In that day the Lord with his hard, and great, and strong sword shall visit leviathan the bar serpent, and leviathan the crooked serpent, and shall slay the whale that is in the sea.  In that day there shall be singing to the vineyard of pure wine.  I am the Lord that keep it, I will suddenly give it drink: lest any hurt come to it, I keep it night and day.  There is no indignation in me: who shall make me a thorn and a brier in battle: shall march against it, shall I set it on fire together?  Or rather shall it take hold of my strength, shall it make peace with me, shall it make peace with me?
 When they shall rush in unto Jacob, Israel shall blossom and bud, and they shall fill the face of the world with seed.  Hath he struck him according to the stroke of him that struck him? or is he slain, as he killed them that were slain by him?  In measure against measure, when it shall be cast off, thou shalt judge it. He hath meditated with his severe spirit in the day of heat.  Therefore upon this shall the iniquity of the house of Jacob be forgiven: and this is all the fruit, that the sin thereof should be taken away, when he shall have made all the stones of the altar, as burnt stones broken in pieces, the groves and temples shall not stand.  For the strong city shall be desolate, the beautiful city shall be forsaken, and shall be left as a wilderness: there the calf shall feed, and there shall he lie down, and shall consume its branches.
 Its harvest shall be destroyed with drought, women shall come and teach it: for it is not a wise people, therefore he that made it, shall not have mercy on it: and he that formed it, shall not spare it.  And it shall come to pass, that in that day the Lord will strike from the channel of the river even to the torrent of Egypt, and you shall be gathered together one by one, O ye children of Israel.  And it shall come to pass, that in that day a noise shall be made with a great trumpet, and they that were lost, shall come from the land of the Assyrians, and they that were outcasts in the land of Egypt, and they shall adore the Lord in the holy mount in Jerusalem.
As always, prayers for the fight against that which seeks to enslave us are welcome. Via con Dios.