1 Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations.10 And there are some who have no memorial, who have perished as though they had not lived; they have become as though they had not been born, and so have their children after them.
11 But these were men of mercy, whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten;
12 their prosperity will remain with their descendants, and their inheritance to their children’s children.13 Their descendants stand by the covenants; their children also, for their sake.14 Their posterity will continue for ever, and their glory will not be blotted out.15 Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations.
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'”
20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.”21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
THE PROPHET SIRACH recall the forgotten righteous men of mercy—who sacrificed their lives for the sake of God’s kingdom. Sirac implore his generation to revere and pay homage to these saints whose work of love have paved the way for the current generation, who still benefit from the selfless giving of these fallen souls.
THE GOSPEL READING: A young man temporally interrupted our Lord as He was about to embark on a new mission, hoping to win Christs praise. Christ questioned the pandering motives of the young man who figured that his lavish accolade would endear him to Christ.
Whilst it is not uncommon for believers to ‘raise the roof’ with praise and worship songs to supposedly affirm and give expression to our faith, it is for all tends and purposes not an expression that suppose we are; good, have pure hearts and being virtuous spiritual believers. When digging below the surface we are bound to discover that we are not what we purport to be, neither does it testify that we live and hold to the biblical commandments of Christ which include our need to rid ourselves from appeasing our temporal needs, whereas we are called to offer our lives in service of others unto death.
It’s worth reflecting upon the words of Saint Ignatius, a first century bishop, who was condemmened to the wild beasts for preaching the gospel. “On hearing the roar of the lions—in the Colosseum—he cried out:- “I am a kernel of wheat for Christ. I must be ground by the teeth of the beasts to be found bread (of Christ) wholy pure.”
LET US PRAY:Psalms 24:1-6
1 A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein;2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
Commentary. 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.