Friday, 16 November 2007

Today's Readings

More of today's readings (Fri 16 Nov)

Luke 17: 26-37
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then the disciples said to him, “Where, Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.”

Wisdom 13: 1-9
But all men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know Him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the Workmaster; but deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world. Let them know how much better the Lord of these beautiful and delightful things is: for the first Author of beauty had created them. If men were astonished at the power and virtue of these things, let them understand how much mightier He is that made them. For by the greatness of the beauty and of the creature, the creator of them may be seen and known. But yet as to these they are less to be blamed. For they perhaps err, seeking God, and desirous to find him. For being conversant in his works they search him diligently, and believe their sight: because the things are beautiful that are seen. But then again they are not to be pardoned. For if they were able to know so much that they could aim at the world, how did they not sooner find out the Lord who created it?

P.S. This reminds me of something I read about the difference between cats and dogs:
Dog- This man feeds me, houses me and loves me: he must be God!
Cat- This man feeds me, houses me and loves me: I must be God!
Aren't we human beings the same? Either we put Nature above us or under our feet (i.e. treat Nature as a god or consider ourselves possessing godly authority over Nature)


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