Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth,
and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth,
and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes:
and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment.
Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh.
For youth and pleasure are vain.
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come,
and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not:
Before the sun, and the light, and the moon,
and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:
When the keepers of the house shall tremble,
and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number,
and they that look through the holes shall be darkened:
And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder’s voice shall be low,
and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf.
And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way,
the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat,
and the caper tree shall be destroyed:
because man shall go into the house of his eternity,
and the mourners shall go round about in the street.
Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back,
and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern,
And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was,
and the spirit return to God, who gave it.
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.
Responsorial Psalm 89:3-6, 12-14 and 17 (Ps 90 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only
Turn not man away to be brought low: and thou hast said:
Be converted, O ye sons of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past.
And as a watch in the night,
Things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.
In the morning man shall grow up like grass;
in the morning he shall flourish and pass away:
in the evening he shall fall, grow dry, and wither.
Can number thy wrath? So make thy right hand known:
and men learned in heart, in wisdom.
Return, O Lord, how long?
and be entreated in favour of thy servants.
We are filled in the morning with thy mercy:
and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.
And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us:
and direct thou the works of our hands over us;
yea, the work of our hands do thou direct.
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 9:43b-45
Haydock New Testament
Verse numbering varies.
And all were astonished at the mighty power of God: But while they all wondered at all the things he did, he said to his disciples:
Lay you up in your hearts these words: for it shall come to pass, that the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
But they understood not this word, and it was hid from them, so that they perceived it not. And they were afraid to ask him concerning this word.
Haydock Commentary Ecclesiastes 11:9—12:8
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 9. Eyes. He speaks ironically, (C.) or exhorts to spiritual joy and moderation. S. Greg. Mor. xxiv.
- Ver. 10. Anger. All turbulent passions, and evil or carnal pleasures. S. Jer.
- ECCLESIASTES 12
- CHAPTER XII.
- Ver. 1. Not. Prevent old age, to procure a stock of virtues. H. — Solomon refutes the former sentiments of the wicked, which he had perhaps once entertained. C.
- Ver. 2. Before the sun, &c. That is, before old age: the effects of which upon all the senses and faculties are described in the following verses, under a variety of figures. Ch. — All are exhorted to live well, before death come to deprive them of their senses and all helps: and to continue in expectation of judgment, the signs of which are given, as Matt. xxiv. W. S. Jer. — Rain. One misery succeeds another, the understanding is darkened, and the senses become dull. C. — The Jews explain v. 2. 7. of the future distress of their nation under captivity. S. Jer. H.
- Ver. 3. House. The sides, (S. Jer.) or rather the arms. C. — Some understand prelates, or angels. Thaumat. — And the powers that are in heaven shall be moved. Mar. xiii. 25. H. — Men. The arms, (Chal.) or thighs, (Smith) or those who were formerly the most robust. — Number. The rest have been lost, and what remain are of little service for chewing meat. C. — Holes. Spectacles, (Geier) as if they had been already in use. C. — Heb. “windows.” H.
- Ver. 4. Doors. The lips, (C.) feet, (Chal.) nostrils, (Vat.) or the trachea and pulmonary arteries. — Bird. The cock-crowing; or at the least sound their slumbers are broken. — Deaf. Heb. “be low.” The ears cannot enjoy music, nor can the voice of the old people please. 2 K. xix. 25.
- Ver. 5. Way. They shall walk bent down, and afraid of rough ground. — Flourish. Their head shall become white, like the almond-flower. Jer. i. 11. — Fat. Sept. “heavy.” — Destroyed. The hair shall fall off. C. — Concupiscence shall be extinct. Vat. T. — Eternity. The body being consigned to the grave, and the soul to the region of spirits, to have no farther concern with the transactions of the world. H. Job vii. 9. — Street. This custom is often mentioned. Herod. ii. 85. Lu. vii. 32. — The women dance, having one (C.) or two old people disfigured in the midst of them, to recount the actions of the deceased. Brun.
- Ver. 6. Cord. The nerves. — Fillet. Veins, or the spermatic vessels, (C.) and the soul. S. Jer. — Cistern. When the bladder, &c. become disordered. Num. xxiv. 7. C.
- Ver. 7. It. Man is composed of two distinct parts; the destination of which we ought never to forget. Thus the objection of infidels (c. iii. 19.) is refuted. Plato and some of the ancients had the same idea of the soul’s spiritual nature; though some took it to be an aerial body. C.
- Ver. 8. Ecclesiastes. “The preacher.” W. — He returns to his first proposition, and having pushed the objection of free-thinkers as far as possible, shews us what we ought to believe and practise. He establishes the distinction of soul and body, the advantage of instruction, (v. 11.) without meddling with things too high, (v. 12.) the obligation of fearing God, (v. 13.) and future retribution. v. 14. This is the sum of all sound morality. C.
Haydock Commentary Luke 9:44-45
- Ver. 45. They understood not this word. They understood well enough what was meant by being delivered into the hands of his enemies, and being put to death; but they could not comprehend how Jesus Christ, whom they knew to be the Messias, and the Son of God, and whom they believed to be immortal, and eternal, could suffer death, or affronts and outrages from men. These ideas seemed incompatible; they perceived in them some mystery, which they could not penetrate. Calmet.