Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Psalm 36

Today is the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Readings are here.

The first reading is from Sirach, one of my favorite books.  This is not the whole reading, but good to remember.
Remember thy last things, and let enmity cease: For corruption and death hang over in his commandments. Remember the fear of God, and be not angry with thy neighbour. Remember the covenant of the most High, and overlook the ignorance of thy neighbour. (Sir 28:6-9)
We also have the parable of the ungrateful jerk, which I think probably has a more official title, but that's what I go with.  I think it might also apply to more than one parable, but for this week it works.

Psalm 36

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise. (Psa 36:1-12)

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