Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Proverbs 21,1-6.10-13

Like flowing water is a king's heart in Yahweh's hand; he directs it wherever he pleases. All actions are straight in the doer's own eyes, but it is Yahweh who weighs hearts. To do what is upright and just is more pleasing to Yahweh than sacrifice. Haughty eye, proud heart, lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin. The hardworking is thoughtful, and all is gain; too much haste, and all that comes of it is want. To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue: such is the idle fantasy of those who look for death. The soul of the wicked is intent on evil, to such a person no neighbour can ever do right. When a cynic is punished, simpletons grow wiser, but someone of understanding acquires knowledge by instruction. The Upright One watches the house of the wicked; he hurls the wicked to destruction. Whoever refuses to listen to the cry of the weak, will in turn plead and not be heard.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If the believer wants to the wisdom of the heart, he or she must humbly learn each day how to identify what is righteous in God's eyes and practice it in life: it is the sense of the small collection of proverbs that today the liturgy proposes to our attention. Since the beginning the sacred author warns that it is the Lord who guides the believers' heart: "The king's heart - as an example each believer - is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will." The text echoes the work of the farmer who, in order to get water to all parts of the field, directs the water channels from time to time so that none will be lacking and the harvest will be abundant. Such is the work of the Lord. And the initiative should be left to him. The sacred author is well aware of the temptation to pride and self-sufficiency: "All deeds are right in the eyes of the doer." In truth, this is not so, for it is the Lord who determines whether the paths lead to life or death: "But the Lord weighs the heart." The wise person is therefore the one who tries to read the events of this world with the very eyes of God, letting himself or herself be enlightened by the Word of God on which he or she must nourish every day. The sacred author recalls the primacy of attention to the poorest. Their cry never leaves God's heart indifferent. Believers must learn from God the importance of favouring the poor, knowing that their own relationship with God depends on it. The sacred author affirms, "If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard."