First Saturday, Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
October 6, 2018
1Then Job answered the LORD: 2“I know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of thine can be thwarted. 3`Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 5I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee; 6therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” 12And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 13He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14And he called the name of the first Jemi’mah; and the name of the second Kezi’ah; and the name of the third Ker’en-hap’puch. 15And in all the land there were no women so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers. 16And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations. 17And Job died, an old man, and full of days.
66Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in thy commandments. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes. 75I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that in faithfulness thou hast afflicted me. 91By thy appointment they stand this day; for all things are thy servants. 125I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies! 130The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”18And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. 20Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 21In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. 22All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”23Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!24For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Reflection for the day:“In the knowledge of God thou shalt find the fire of divine charity.” -St. Catherine of Siena