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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of week 32 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Wis 6:2-11

Today we enter a part of the book which deals with Solomon and his quest for wisdom. As mentioned, the author, as a literary device (quite common in his day), presents his work as that of King Solomon, the son of David, who had died centuries previously.

Unlike the beginning of Monday’s reading where the author seemed to be addressing kings and rulers but was in fact speaking to his fellow-Jews in Alexandria, today the words are addressed to kings with warnings on how to fulfil their responsibilities. It is a warning that their power is not something to be taken for granted or sought for its own sake. He speaks to those “who govern great populations” and who are “taking pride in your hosts of subject nations”. It … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Josaphat of Polotsk

St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)

Josaphat Kuntsevich was born of a merchant family in the small town of Volodymyr (Vladimir) in the region of Volhynia (Vilna), then part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, in 1580 or 1584.

After a local education he was apprentic … Continue

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