Today’s readings are meaningful to the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. These readings are for today’s Catholic Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. However, I think that the poetry of these passages from the Bible can be meditative for anyone thinking about that day, whether you are or are not religious. They may be comforting in reminding us of our membership in global citizenry, a sentiment that so easily slips through our fingers when we raise our fists in anger and pain.
Reading 1: Sirach 27:30 – 28:7
Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner higs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the Lord’s vengeance, for He remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High’s covenant and overlook faults.
Reading 2: Romans 14:7 – 9
Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ dies and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Today, I will pray for the Lord to bless those who have suffered from the tragedies of September 11, 2001, and for those who continue to suffer today.