Thursday, 4 September 2008

My Thoughts on the Bible Readings of the Day

St. Paul wrote (in today's reading from Corinthians) that the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God. What does this mean? It means that ultimately all the sciences and the philosophies and the knowledge we accumulate in this world doesn't matter if such does not come from God. For God is the creator of the world; how can one know of the world more than Him? Besides, we humans are easily fooled into rationalizing anything from the greatest good to the worst evil imaginable. Think about it. Even Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible, ended up sinning against God. And this is the man whose wisdom came from God! IMHO Solomon's wisdom caused him to depend on it more than on God. He stopped asking God what His will is and tried to figure it out on his own. He ended up depressed and worshipping the gods of his many wives. So shall we if we don't depend on God. How do we do so? By obeying His laws (God will not ask us to do something against His ten commandments and laws of love). By spending time listening to God. By going to Mass often. By praying to Him regularly.

Memorial of Saint Rose of Viterbo

According to Wikipedia, this saint is:

- born in 1235 at Viterbo, Italy
- remarkable for holiness and for her miraculous powers from her earliest years
- lived the life of a recluse, devoting herself to penances from a young age
- enrolled in the Third Order of Francis of Assisi and preached penance to Viterbo - was so successful that she and parents were expelled from Viterbo in January 1250
- returned to her hometown with the restoration of the papal power in Viterbo
- wished to enter the monastery of St. Mary of the Roses, but was refused because of her poverty
- died on March 6, 1252 in her father's house, canonized in 1457

Bible Reading for this day (4 Sep, Thu - 22nd Week)

1 Corinthians 3: 18-23
Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Luke 5: 1-11
Now1 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing around him to hear the word of God. He saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For Peter and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” So when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.