September 27

Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Antiphon (mantra) repeat quietly:

Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, O God. Lead me in the way of integrity.

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you nations,
rich and poor alike.
Listen, all you who dwell in this world!

My lips will speak words of wisdom,
for my heart is full of insight.
I seek to understand the truth
and unfold the mystery
to the sound of the harp.

When surrounded by malice,
by those who trust in their strength,
why should I be afraid?

No one can buy life without end
or avoid coming to the grave;
the cost would be far too great.

Both the foolish and the wise will perish,
and their wealth is left to others.
Though they were well known in the land,
their graves are their homes forever.

Despite their riches, they lack wisdom,
for all share the common lot of death.

This is the lot of those who trust in themselves,
of those who trust in their wealth and riches.
Like sheep they are driven to the grave,
while the just are exalted.

When the godless grow rich,
when their glory increases,
do not be disturbed.
They take nothing with them when they die.

They satisfied themselves while they lived
and were praised for their success.
They will join all who preceded them
where the darkness lasts forever.

God will rescue me from all evil,
save me from the grip of death's power,
and receive me into glory.

Pray the Prayer of Jesus (Our Father)

Translation © 1998 Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Inc.