Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
3 and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.
4 For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.
5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;6 like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.7 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8 They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them for ever.9 Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me;
39 and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day.40 For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
THE BOOK OF SOLOMON posits that the soul of those who lived righteous lives, shall not be subject to torture because they applied self control during trying times. The trails that the righteous souls endured tempered them to the extent that they were able to so to speak absorb all forms of bodily pain without turning against God. The author describe the journey of the elect who by grace and mercy have been chosen, shall govern over the people whilst God watches over them.
THE GOSPEL READING: Jesus commits to gift those who come to him with the same virtues that the Father has bestowed on Him. Furthermore His promise is predicated on the understanding that everyone who “sees the Son and believes in Him” shall have eternal life. Correctly understood, this teaching of Christ points to the Holy Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass, the occasion when Christs elevated body was broken on the cross for all to see and adore! This was the seminal moment when the centurion and his fellow soldiers were filled with awe when they recognized that Christ is Truly the Son of God! Mt 27:54
God watches over those of us who recognize and assent to Jesus’ presence when the priest elevate His body and blood. We are called to live saintly lives despite our trails and difficulties so that we may also be gifted with His grace and mercy upon His return.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 23:1-6
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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