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SUN OF MY SOUL

September 23


SUN OF MY SOUL
John Keble, 1792–1866
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You. (Psalm 84:11, 12)
Jesus taught that we can learn much from the lilies of the field. How do they grow? By struggling and seeking to display their beauty? No, they simply open themselves to the existing sun, and in their sun-centeredness, they grow and become objects of beauty for all to enjoy. Indeed the sun is one of the most important factors in nature’s growth.
We too need sun for our souls—the warmth of God’s love and presence in our lives. We were created for this in order to be complete persons. It was St. Augustine who realized this truth centuries ago: “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
John Keble, a professor of poetry at Oxford University for 10 years and later an Anglican mi…

Catholic Lectionary

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | MEMORIAL
SAINT PIO OF PIETRELCINA, PRIEST
YEARS 1 & 2


From Friday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading Haggai 2:1–9
Response Psalm 43:5
Psalm Psalm 43:1–4
Gospel Acclamation Mark 10:45
Gospel Luke 9:18–22


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

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 20, FRIDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 88
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 91, 92
Old Testament 2 Kings 9:17–37
New Testament 1 Corinthians 7:1–9
Gospel Matthew 6:7–15


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