Missing The Point

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr
Readings: Wis 13:1-9; PS 19:2-3, 4-5ab; Lk 17:26-37
Notes:

  • As it was in the days of Noah – they didn’t listen to Noah but continued with daily life: eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.
  • As it was in the days of Lot – they didn’t listen to Lot but continued with commerce: eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building (note, no sex talk).

But on The Day of the Son of Man it was even more so (Resurrection).

People will divide according to their own ideas, even between marriages, even between friends, and even between children.

We are so accustomed to applying our own overlays to sacred scripture we sometimes think questionable things and do some rather questionable things.

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-josaphat

First reading
The wisdom writer today wonders aloud:

How is it that if you study nature and the cosmos you do not wonder as to the creator of the same?
We might quip: He sees the trees but no the forest?

For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?

Responsorial Psalm
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.

Alleluia Verse
Stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to his disciples:

  • As it was in the days of Noah
  • As it was in the days of Lot

Both Prophets speak of a need for self reflection and change.

Some will.
Some will not.

All suffer the consequences.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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