Readings for September 19, 2021

THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON 1:16-2:1, 12-22     Life as the Ungodly See It

The Wisdom of Solomon was written in the 1st Century BCE in Greek by an unknown author.
Wisdom has to do not with knowledge, but righteousness. One of the main lessons here is that
retribution and reward are not necessarily received in the present life but are to be realized in the
afterlife of the immortal soul. The inauguration of an “other-worldly” perspective hitherto lacking in
Judaism and, individual righteousness is requisite for the enjoyment of blessing in the after-life of
the soul.

But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined
away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company.
For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, “Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is
no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no one has been known to return from Hades.
“Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. He
professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a
reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike
that of others, and his ways are strange.
We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the
last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. Let us see if his words are true,
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will
help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of
his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will
be protected.” Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them,
and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of holiness, nor
discerned the prize for blameless souls;

Word of God, Word of Life.....Thanks be to God

PSALM 54

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Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
    Defend me with your might.
Listen to my prayer, O God.
    Pay attention to my plea.
For strangers are attacking me;
    violent people are trying to kill me.
    They care nothing for God.
But God is my helper.   
   The Lord keeps me alive!
May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them.   
   Do as you promised and put an end to them.
I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you;   
   I will praise your name, O Lord,
    for it is good.
For you have rescued me from my troubles
    and helped me to triumph over my enemies.


JAMES 3:13-4:3, 7-8a     True Wisdom Comes from God

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honourable life, doing good works
with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish
ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness
are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever
there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing
to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is
always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of
righteousness.
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war
within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what
others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t
have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it
because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. So humble
yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God
will come close to you.

Word of God, Word of Life.....Thanks be to God

GOSPEL             Jesus Again Predicts His Death/The Greatest in the Kingdom

The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the 9th chapter (vs. 30-37)
Glory to you, O God

Leaving that region, they travelled through Galilee. Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he was there,
for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of
Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later
he will rise from the dead.” They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were
afraid to ask him what he meant.
After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you
discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which
of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever
wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Anyone who
welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me
welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

The Gospel of our Lord.......Praise to you, O Christ.