‘At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in he place which he shall choose, thou shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law.’
‘At the end of every seven years.’ Religion knows something which no one else do. There is a need to bring healing to ‘history’ itself. During a seven year-period a lot of wounds, sin, and failure can accumulate. If unrevised, the direction of history can easily turn - by the gravity of sin - to fatal directions. Leonard Bernstein’s First Symphony ‘Jeremiah’, powerfully speaks of this heavy burden carried by history. Actually, this burden is carried by our hearts. The second movement of the symphony, ‘Profanation’ powerfully expresses, in the language of music, the wounding weight of this unremoved burden.
‘At the end of every seven years thou shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.’ Let us respect this rhythm of healing. As a community, as a culture, let us relearn this divine wisdom and medicine, which is so vital. The last movement of ‘Jeremiah’, Lamentation speaks with utmost beauty about this desire in us to fine tune ourselves to the healing rhythm offered by God; ‘at the end of every seven years’. The ending of the movement is like a calm see, history breathing calmly, welcoming the long-awaited arrival of the healing Law.
Musical illustration: Leonard Bernstein, Symphony No. 1. 'Jeremiah', lamentation at 14 mins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zueKARho6s8
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..