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Sept. 19th - Proverbs

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordSeptember 19, 2022

Today’s readings are Proverbs 3: 27-34; Psalm 15 and Lk. 8:16-18

Our 1st readings for today and tomorrow are taken from the Book of Proverbs. This book is a collection of sayings, with its primary purpose to teach wisdom.  It is directed both to the young and inexperienced but also to those who desire advanced training in wisdom.

The wisdom covered in this book covers a wide field of human and divine activity, ranging from matters that are purely secular to the most lofty and holy religious truths, such as God’s omniscience, power, providence, goodness, and strength. 

The teaching of this book finds its foundation on the principle outlined in 1:7, that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”.

Jesus and the Apostles often expressly quoted from this book – for example John 7: 38, Romans 12: 20 and James 4:6) or repeated their teaching (for example, compare Lk. 10:14 to Proverbs 25:7).

This is a book that must be taken in very slowly, by “sipping it” a few verses at a time like one would sip a fine single malt scotch whisky. It is a book to be treasured. 

P.S. dear reader, I will be away on vacation until the morning of Sept. 30th  - take care and bless you until we meet again.  Peace and prayers for you!