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Monday, 24 September 2012

Readings Tuesday 25th September

Trinity 16
Tuesday of the 25th Week of the Year

Lancelot Andrewes, bishop 1626
Sergei of Radonezh, monk, 1392

Additional commemorations:
Paul Rabaut, 1794

Daily Eucharistic Lectionary
These notes assume that the Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is used alongside the two year additional Office lectionary (for the Office of Readings) to provide three readings a day for use at Eucharist and Office.

Short text for the day:

To do righteousness and justice
   is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Daily Reflections from Creighton University for today here.
Liturgy Alive prayers and readings here.

First Reading
Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13

Proverbs 21:1-13
21The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
   he turns it wherever he will.
2 All deeds are right in the sight of the doer,
   but the Lord weighs the heart.
3 To do righteousness and justice
   is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
   the lamp of the wicked—are sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
   but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
   is a fleeting vapour and a snare of death.
[7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
   because they refuse to do what is just.
8 The way of the guilty is crooked,
   but the conduct of the pure is right.
9 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
   than in a house shared with a contentious wife.
10 The souls of the wicked desire evil;
   their neighbours find no mercy in their eyes.
11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser;
   when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.
12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
   he casts the wicked down to ruin.]
13 If you close your ear to the cry of the poor,
   you will cry out and not be heard.

Psalm 119:1-8

Luke 8:19-21
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. 20And he was told, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ 21But he said to them, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.’

Additional Office Lectionary

Tobit 3:7-17

7 On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media, it also happened that Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, was reproached by one of her father’s maids. 8For she had been married to seven husbands, and the wicked demon Asmodeus had killed each of them before they had been with her as is customary for wives. So the maid said to her, ‘You are the one who kills your husbands! See, you have already been married to seven husbands and have not borne the name of a single one of them. 9Why do you beat us? Because your husbands are dead? Go with them! May we never see a son or daughter of yours!’
10 On that day she was grieved in spirit and wept. When she had gone up to her father’s upper room, she intended to hang herself. But she thought it over and said, ‘Never shall they reproach my father, saying to him, “You had only one beloved daughter but she hanged herself because of her distress.” And I shall bring my father in his old age down in sorrow to Hades. It is better for me not to hang myself, but to pray the Lord that I may die and not listen to these reproaches any more.’ 11At that same time, with hands outstretched towards the window, she prayed and said,
‘Blessed are you, merciful God!
   Blessed is your name for ever;
   let all your works praise you for ever.
12 And now, Lord, I turn my face to you,
   and raise my eyes towards you.
13 Command that I be released from the earth
   and not listen to such reproaches any more.
14 You know, O Master, that I am innocent
   of any defilement with a man,
15 and that I have not disgraced my name
   or the name of my father in the land of my exile.
I am my father’s only child;
   he has no other child to be his heir;
and he has no close relative or other kindred
   for whom I should keep myself as wife.
Already seven husbands of mine have died.
   Why should I still live?
But if it is not pleasing to you, O Lord, to take my life,
   hear me in my disgrace.’
16 At that very moment, the prayers of both of them were heard in the glorious presence of God. 17So Raphael was sent to heal both of them: Tobit, by removing the white films from his eyes, so that he might see God’s light with his eyes; and Sarah daughter of Raguel, by giving her in marriage to Tobias son of Tobit, and by setting her free from the wicked demon Asmodeus. For Tobias was entitled to have her before all others who had desired to marry her. At the same time that Tobit returned from the courtyard into his house, Sarah daughter of Raguel came down from her upper room.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Readings will be removed each week.

Non Scriptural Reading

 In prayer you must not repeat meaningless words, nor ask for what is unimportant, nor pray for earthly things, nor come to your prayers in an angry mood or a state of mental confusion. But you cannot achieve the peace of mind which prayer requires without purity; nor when you pray can you obtain remission of your sins unless you have wholeheartedly forgiven whoever asks forgiveness from you for some offence.
I can think of many things that will help you when you pray correctly or try to do so to the best of your ability. The most helpful of all is to pray with intensity, and by means of that same intensity imagine yourselves to be in the presence of God, speaking directly to him as if he were there in person observing you.
For when we recall an object to mind it sometimes happens that certain other impressions linked with that object in memory reappear with it in our recollection corrupting our thoughts. In the same way we must believe that the remembrance of God’s pres­ence is beneficial to us. God perceives the inmost emotions of the soul; and the soul composes itself to please him who examines our hearts and searches our thoughts as if he were really there watch­ing over us, coming to every mind. For even if you received no further help after preparing your minds for prayer, you must realise you obtain no ordinary result from having so devoutly composed yourselves during your time of prayer. And if this happens often, those who devote themselves to unceasing prayer know by experience how many sins it preserves them from, and how many good deeds it leads them towards.
For they know how the memory and recollection of a good and wise man can rouse our admiration and often hinder our impulse to evil. Then how much greater is the help we receive from the memory of God the Father of all, joined with our prayers to him; for we believe ourselves to be in his presence, speaking to God who is there in person and hears us.
Origen, De Oratione, 8-11 (PG 11:442-448); Word in Season VIII.

On occasion comments on the readings may refer to some of these:
Celebrating the Saints, Celebrating the Seasons: ed. Robert Attwell, Canterbury Press
Celebrating Sundays: ed.Stephen Holmes, Canterbury Press
Breen: Reflections on the Readings for Every Day of the Church's Year, Patrick J. Breen O.Carm., Columba Press, 2011
Faley: Reflections on the Weekday lectionary Readings, Roland J. Faley, Paulist Press 2010
Fernandez: In Conversation With God: Meditations for each day of the year, Francis Fernandez, Scepter 2010 (8 vols)
Johnson: Benedictine Daily Prayer, ed. Maxwell E. Johnson, the Columba Press, 2005
King: The New Testament: A Fresh Translation, Nicholas King, Kevin Mayhew 2003
Magnificat, monthly publication with daily readings, a short form of Morning and Evening Prayer and meditations on art and culture and a daily reading from outside Scripture; subscriptions available here.
Marivoet: Liturgy Alive: Models of Celebration Weekdays; Redemptorist/Claretian 2003Rotelle: Augustine on the Sunday Gospel, Hohn E. Rotelle OSA, Augustinian Press 1998
The Additional Office Lectionary The two year cycle for the Office of Readings designed to accompany the Daily Eucharistic Lectionary; printed in the back of the CTS New Catholic Bible; RSV text readings available here.
Patristic Lectionary
From Pluscarden Abbey, edited by Fr Stephen Mark Holmes, based on A Word in Season, Augustinian Press; available here, and in the Lectionary folder of Company of Voices Resources.

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