Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-9
1 For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his works;2 but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air, or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water, of the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.
3 If through delight in the beauty of these things men assumed them to be gods, let them know how much better than these is their Lord, for the author of beauty created them.
4 And if men were amazed at their power and working, let them perceive from them how much more powerful is he who formed them.5 For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.6 Yet these men are little to be blamed, for perhaps they go astray while seeking God and desiring to find him.
7 For as they live among his works they keep searching, and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful.8 Yet again, not even they are to be excused;9 for if they had the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?
26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man.
27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise as it was in the days of Lot–they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all–
30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.31 On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.33 Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.35 There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left.” 36 * Other ancient authorities add: “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left”37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”
BOOK OF SOLOMON: The author bemoans mans fascination and study of the universe, commonly referred to as astronomy and astrology such that they are ignorant of the one who created the heavens and the earth. Instead of marveling at the beauty of the author of creation man has instead become agnostic, shrewd and irreligious!
The author have some sympathy with mans quest to make sense of; beauty, ethereal terrestrial matters and posits that man is in fact searching for God who is the creator of all things visible and invisible!
THE GOSPEL READING: Jesus builds on the topic of the coming of the kingdom of heaven and reflect on the faith of Noah. Christ equates mans materialistic sinful desires, atractions and lusts of this temporal world with the obedience of Noah and his family who heeded God’s message wherethrough they were gifted with a new abode.
Properly understood, Jesus’ refers to the apocalypse applying metaphoric imagery (vv 34,35) to alert His hearers to be awake and ready when He comes again. We are put on notice to not go astray;faithfully follow the path of obedience and be prepared to even suffer and sacrifice our temporal life in order to please God.Virtues instead of vices; sound judgement instead of shrewdness about terrestrial ‘intelligence’, shall gain us entry into God’s heavenly kingdom.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 19:2-5
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
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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