Sunday, October 2, 2022
363. Proper 15 (Series A)
O Israël, would that You joined yourself unto Christ,
Who came unto His own and by you was reviled;
And so, by your rejection, Jesus was sacrificed,
Yea, all mankind is reconciled.
Would that in you was found her faith, whose prayer persisted,
Demanding mercy of the Lord of Israël,
And she a Canaanite, unfit to be assisted!
Yet Christ's rebuke she answered well.
Thank God, the dogs that gather at the Master's table
Are not denied the scraps His children throw aside!
From stones to raise up Abram's heirs You, Lord, are able,
Yet for all nations will provide.
Forbid, O Christ, that we despise the host You gather
From highways, hedges, far-off lands and foreign tribes,
The poor and maimed and lame and blind, unto Your Father,
And to the joys Your word describes!
Let us not count ourselves above such humble strangers,
Who share alike Your sacraments, Your house of prayer;
But join them, sheltered in Your love through all life's dangers
Till in Your risen life we share.