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Today’s Readings – Saturday of Week 25 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8

Today we come to the end of our selections from this book. Even in translation one can see the poetry of the passage. Again it can be read in a very pessimistic way or with a sense of realism.

The reading deals with the inevitability of old age and what it brings.

In Jewish tradition, going back to the book of Deuteronomy, long life was seen as a reward promised by God and the greatest blessing given to those who had led good lives. However, for Qoheleth, old age is not happiness but the fear of death, regrets for one’s younger days, the slowing-down of life, and a painful slowing down “before the dust returns to the earth".

So he begins by urging the young to enjoy their lives while they still have the energy an … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Friday of Week 25 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Today we have a well-known passage which has even become the lyrics of a popular song sung by numerous recording artists since the early 1960s.

It is part of a longer passage whose overall theme is death, the inevitable end of every … Continue

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