Friday, November 16, 2007

Wisdom Be Attentive!

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The Divine Liturgy most frequently used today in the Orthodox Church is called the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. It follows the traditions of the city of Constantinople, where St. John Chrysostom (+407 A.D.) served as Patriarch.


"We have seen the true light,
we have received the heavenly Spirit,
we have found the true faith,
we adore the undivided Holy Trinity,
Who has saved us!"

O Mary, Seat of Wisdom,
Pray for us who have recourse to you!

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Today's First Reading at Mass from the Book of Wisdom
was a real eyeopener. My heart was pierced
by the power and newness of the author's words.

The Book of Wisdom
Chapter 13

1 For all men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;

2 But either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water, or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.

3 Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for the original source of beauty fashioned them.

4 Or if they were struck by their might and energy, let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
5 For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.

6 But yet, for these the blame is less; For they indeed have gone astray perhaps, though they seek God and wish to find him.

7 For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.

8 But again, not even these are pardonable.

9 For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its LORD?

After reading this my thoughts returned to E=mc2.

It really does seem that there is nothing new under the Son.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for: Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas; St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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