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ASK YE WHAT GREAT THING I KNOW

September 19


ASK YE WHAT GREAT THING I KNOW
Johann C. Schwedler, 1672–1730
Translated by Benjamin H. Kennedy, 1804–1889
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
A question that many struggle with today is “What is the real purpose of living?” Or, “What is the ultimate reality or joy in life?” The testimony of the author of the book of Ecclesiastes would no doubt echo the frustrations of many in contemporary society—“All is vanity, empty and meaningless.”
The author of this hymn text, Johann Schwedler, a prominent German minister and hymn writer of his era, discovered quite a different answer for his life—“Jesus Christ, the Crucified”—the consoler, reviver, healer, and final rewarder. For the apostle Paul, all of life also revolved around a personal relationship with Jesus Christ—“For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:2l).
C. S. Lewis has written: “Either Jesus Christ was what He claimed or He was a liar and we sh…

Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME
THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR 1

First Reading Haggai 1:1–8
Response Psalm 149:4a
Psalm Psalm 149:1b–6a, 9b
Gospel Acclamation John 14:6
Gospel Luke 9:7–9


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

Catholic Lectionary

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 | ORDINARY TIME
MONDAY OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR 1

First Reading Ezra 1:1–6
Response Psalm 126:3
Psalm Psalm 126:1b–6
Gospel Acclamation Matthew 5:16
Gospel Luke 8:16–18


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20, MONDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 80
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 77 (79)
Old Testament 2 Kings 5:1–19
New Testament 1 Corinthians 4:8–21
Gospel Matthew 5:21–26


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).