Bible Reading (Wisdom 13:1-9)

(If they are capable of investigating the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?)

Naturally stupid are all men who have not known God

and who,

from the good things that are seen,

have not been able to

discover Him-who-is,

or, by studying the works,

have failed to recognise the Artificer.

Fire however,

or wind,

or the swift air,

the sphere of the stars,

impetuous weather,

heaven’s lamps,

are what they have held to be

the gods who govern the world.

If, charmed by their beauty,

they have taken things for gods,

let them know

how much the Lord of these excels them,

since the very Author of beauty

has created them.

And if they have been impressed

by their power and energy,

let them deduce from these

how much mightier is he that has formed them,

since through the grandeur and beauty

of the creatures we may,

by analogy,

contemplate their Author.

Small blame,

however,

attaches to these men,

for perhaps they only go astray

in their search for God

and their eagerness to find him;

living among his works,

they strive to comprehend them

and fall victim to appearances,

seeing so much beauty.

Even so, they are not to be excused:

if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge

to be able to investigate the world,

how have they been slow to find its Master?

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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