February 20, 2017

Sirarch 1: 1- 10

1:1 All wisdom is from the Lord God, and has always been with him, and is before all time.
1:2 Who has numbered the sand of the sea, and the drops of the rain, and the days of the world? Who has measured the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the depth of the abyss?
1:3 Who has examined the wisdom of God, which precedes all things?
1:4 Wisdom was created before all things, and the understanding of prudence is before all time.
1:5 The Word of God on high is the source of wisdom, whose steps are eternal commandments.
1:6 To whom has the root of wisdom been revealed, and who has recognized her astuteness?
1:7 To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed and made manifest? And who has understood the multiplicity of her steps?
1:8 The most high omnipotent Creator is One, and he is the mighty King, and he is exceedingly to be feared, sitting upon his throne, and he is the sovereign God.
1:9 He created wisdom through the Holy Spirit, and he saw her, and numbered her, and measured her.
1:10 And he poured her over all his works, and over all flesh, to the extent of his favor, and he has offered her to those who love him.

Mark 9 : 14- 29

9:14 And soon all the people, seeing Jesus, were astonished and struck with fear, and hurrying to him, they greeted him.
9:15 And he questioned them, “What are you arguing about among yourselves?”
9:16 And one from the crowd responded by saying: “Teacher, I have brought to you my son, who has a mute spirit.
9:17 And whenever it takes hold of him, it throws him down, and he foams and gnashes with his teeth, and he becomes unconscious. And I asked your disciples to cast him out, and they could not.”
9:18 And answering them, he said: “O unbelieving generation, how long must I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring him to me.”
9:19 And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediately the spirit disturbed him. And having been thrown to the ground, he rolled around foaming.
9:20 And he questioned his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” But he said: “From infancy.
9:21 And often it casts him into fire or into water, in order to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, help us and take pity on us.”
9:22 But Jesus said to him, “If you are able to believe: all things are possible to one who believes.”
9:23 And immediately the father of the boy, crying out with tears, said: “I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief.”
9:24 And when Jesus saw the crowd rushing together, he admonished the unclean spirit, saying to him, “Deaf and mute spirit, I command you, leave him; and do not enter into him anymore.”
9:25 And crying out, and convulsing him greatly, he departed from him. And he became like one who is dead, so much so that many said, “He is dead.”
9:26 But Jesus, taking him by the hand, lifted him up. And he arose.
9:27 And when he had entered into the house, his disciples questioned him privately, “Why were we unable to cast him out?”
9:28 And he said to them, “This kind is able to be expelled by nothing other than prayer and fasting.”
9:29 And setting out from there, they passed through Galilee. And he intended that no one know about it.