TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18

A reading from the book of Wisdom.

Which of us, indeed, can know the intentions of God?
Who can grasp the will of God?

The reasonings of mortals are unsure
and our intentions unstable;
for a perishable body presses down the soul,
and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind.

It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,
laborious to know what lies within our reach;
who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?

As for your intention, who could have learned it,
had you not granted Wisdom,
and sent your holy spirit from above?

Thus, the paths of those on earth have been straightened,
and humanity has been taught what pleases you
and saved, by Wisdom.

The Word of God recorded in the book of Wisdom.

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Alternate Psalm: Psalm 90 from Christine Robinson’s “Psalms for a New World”

We have come out of the Earth
and to the Earth we return
Our lives are but a flash in the light of Eternity.
We are like beautiful flowers which live only a day.
We might live 70 years—more if our strength holds.
So much work and hardship!
How quickly the time passes.

Teach us then, to value our days
to treat each one as a sacred trust.
Fill our hearts with wisdom.
and a love for our lives.
In spite of all the grief and suffering
May we be always glad of this precious gift
And hallow the good in each day.