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September 24, 2008

Daily Readings for September 25, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 11:02 am

1st Reading Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity: What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever. The sun riseth, and goeth down, and returneth to his place: and there rising againg. Maketh his round by the south, and turneth again to the north: the spirit goeth forward surveying all places round about, and returneth to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the see doth not overflow: unto the place from whence the rivers come, they return, to flow again. All things are hard: man cannot explain them by word. They is not filled with seeing, neither is the ear filled with hearing. What is that hath been? the same thing that shall be done. Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before the ages that were before us. This no rememberence of former things: nor inded of those things which hereafter are to come, shall there be any rememberence with tehem that shall be in the latter end.

Gospel According to St. Luke 9:7-9(Ronald Knox Translation)

And Herod, who was prince in that quarter, heard of all his doings, and did not know what to think, some telling him that John had risen from the dead, and some that Elias had appeared, and some that one of the old prophets had returned to life. John, said Herod, I beheaded; who can this be, of whom I hear such reports? And he was eager to see him.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 998

Who will rise? All the dead will rise, “those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgement.”

Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:2-11(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 2. Vanities. Most vain and despicable, (Calmet) and frustrating the expectations of men. (Menochius) — St. Augustine reads vanitantium, and infers that this vanity of sublunary things is an effect of man’s sin. Yet he afterwards discovered that he had read incorrectly. (Retractions i. 7.)

Ver. 3. Labour. People fight for a mere point; for such is the earth compared with the universe. (Seneca, q. Nat.) Hoc est punctum, &c., Matthew xvi. 26.

Ver. 4. Ever. Its substance remains, though the form be changed. (Calmet) — At the end of time, it will be purified to continue for ever. (Worthington)

Ver. 5. Place daily. Its annual motion is then mentioned. (Calmet)

Ver. 6. Spirit. The sun, (St. Jerome) which is like the soul of the world, and which some have falsely asserted to be animated; or rather (Calmet) the wind is meant, as one rises in different parts of the world when another falls. (Pliny, [Natural History?] ii. 27.) (Menochius)

Ver. 7. Again. The sea furnishes vapours, &c. Homer (Iliad Greek: Ph.) expresses himself in the same manner.

Ver. 8. Hearing. In all sciences there are many difficulties. If a man had arrived at perfect knowledge, his researches would cease.

Ver. 10. New. Such vicissitudes have occurred before, though we must not infer that the world is eternal; or that there have been many others before this, as Origen would suppose. (Prin. iii. 5., &c.) (Calmet) — Men’s souls, which are created daily, are nevertheless of the same sort as Adam’s was; and creatures proceed from others of the same species, which have been from the beginning. (St. Thomas Aquinas p. 1. q. 73.) (Worthington) — Natural and moral things continue much the same. (Menochius)

Ver. 11. Things. Otherwise we should read of similar events to those which we behold. The same cause naturally produces the same effect.

Notes for Luke 9:7-9(Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 8. Risen from the dead. Herod was perplexed and in suspense about the report, that it was John [the Baptist] that was risen from the dead. … From this it appears, that some of the Jews, and Herod himself, believed in some kind of metempsychosis, or transmigration of souls. Josephus says, (Antiquities lib. xviii, chap. 2.) that the Pharisees believed the soul to be immortal; and after death, to depart to some subterraneous places, where they received the recompense of good, or evil, according to their actions. There the souls of the wicked remain for ever, without the power of departing thence. The souls of the good sometimes returned, and entered other bodies. Herod probably thought that the soul of John the Baptist was united to that of Christ, in the same body, and was thence enabled to perform new and more extraordinary functions. Such were the reveries of some of the Rabbins; who, as St. Jerome remarks, abused the passages of the gospel we are now explaining, in support of this Pythagorean doctrine. Most of the Jews believed the true doctrine of the resurrection, viz. that of the body; which must one day be renewed to life by the same soul which now animates it: and this is the doctrine of faith and of the Church, which she teaches you from both the Old and New Testament, instead of that transmigration of souls, which has no foundation or appearance of truth. It is probable that this error was widely diffused among the Jews, in our Saviour’s time. It was a doctrine suited to the taste of the Orientals. Some think they can see traces of it in the history of Elias. That prophet being taken away, and the Jews seeing Eliseus perform the same miracles, said, that the spirit of Elias had rested on him. (Calmet)


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