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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Saint Joseph, Mary’s husband, who in humility "took the child with him."


Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Ecclesiastes 10,15-20

A fool finds hard work very tiring, he cannot even find his own way into town.

Woe to you, country with a lad for king, and where princes start feasting in the morning!

Happy the land whose king is nobly born, where princes eat at a respectable hour to keep themselves strong and not merely to revel!

Thanks to idleness, the roof-tree gives way, thanks to carelessness, the house lets in the rain.

We give parties to enjoy ourselves, wine makes us cheerful and money has an answer for everything.

Do not abuse the king, even in thought, do not abuse a rich man, even in your bedroom, for a bird of the air might carry the news, a winged messenger might repeat what you have said.

 

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Qohelet criticizes the stupidity of those responsible for the economy and politics of the country. He first of all says that the stupid (he may be referring to an egocentric and silly aristocrat), even though he busies himself, does not succeed in "going to the city," i.e., governing. But Qohelet denounces with a "woe" the political class that behaves like an incapable and arrogant child. He here recalls Isaiah’s verse: "I will make boys their princes, and babes shall rule over you" (3:4). While exclaiming: "Happy are you, O land, when your king is a nobleman" (v. 17). A "nobleman," if he is not stupid, is the best candidate to govern the land. But all should be attentive and vigilant since the "house" (the State) can go to ruin through the negligence and corruption of the one who governs. Here the author denounces the squandering of money for their diversion: "feasts are made for laughter" (v. 19). Also, he also condemns the bad habit, always widespread among bureaucrats, of speaking badly of their king (v. 20). Qohelet warns that it is conduct at least imprudent: there is always one who can report the words said (the repeats the topic of the bird who chatters, well-known in the literature of the time). The author wants to invite those who should manage public affairs to seek wisdom in political life, rejecting all incompetence and corruption. Qohelet, however, trusts that a governing class that works harder and is less corrupt can make a country happy, freeing it from the vulgarity, ineptitude and laziness of corrupt rulers.


03/19/2010
Memory of Jesus crucified


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Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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