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September 26, 2008

Daily Readings for September 27, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 1:44 pm

1st Reading Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

If a man live many years and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days:which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity. Rejoice for therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgement. Remove any anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not: Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain: When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened: And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder’s voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf. And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way,  the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about the street. Before the siver cord be broken, and the golen fillet shink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern, And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit returns to God, who gave it.

Gospel according to St. Luke 9:43-45 (Ronald Knox Translation)

But Jesus checked the unclean spirit, and cured the boy, and gave him back to his father; so that all were amazed at this great evidence of God’s power. And while men were yet wondering at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, Remember this well. The Son of Man is soon to be betrayed into the hands of men. But they could not understand what he said; it was hidden from them, so that they could not perceive the meaning of it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying of his.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1007

Death is the end of earthly life. Our lives are measured by time, in the course oof which we change, grow old and , as with all living beings on earth, death seems like the normal end of life. That aspect of the death lends urgency to our lives: remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment:

Remember  also your Creator in the days of your youth,… before the dust returns to the earth  as it was, and the spirit returns to God, who gave it.

Notes on Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8 (Douay Rheims Challoner text)

Chap. 12 Ver. 2. Berfore the sun, &c. That is, before old age: the effects of which upon all the senses of faculities are described in the following verses, under a variety of figures

Notes on Luke 9:43-45 (Haydock BIble Commentary)

Ver. 45. They understood not this word. They understood well enough what was meant by being delivered into the hands of his enemies, and being put to death; but they could not comprehend how Jesus Christ, whom they knew to be the Messias, and the Son of God, and whom they believed to be immortal, and eternal, could suffer death, or affronts and outrages from men. These ideas seemed incompatible; they perceived in them some mystery, which they could not penetrate. (Calmet)

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