First Reading: Eccl. 9:1-17
1 For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are
in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by
anything they see
before them. 2 All things come
alike to all:
One event happens
to the righteous and the wicked;
To the good,[a]
the clean, and the unclean;
To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice.
As is the good, so is
He who takes an oath as he
who fears an oath.
3 This is
an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens
to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is
in their hearts while they live, and after that they go
to the dead. 4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten.
6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.
7 Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works.
8 Let your garments always be white,
And let your head lack no oil.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is
your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it
with your might; for there is
no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is
not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
12 For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are
snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.
Wisdom Superior to Folly
13 This wisdom I have also seen under the sun, and it seemed
great to me: 14 There was
a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares[b]
around it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that same poor man.
16 Then I said:
“ Wisdom is
better than strength.
Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is
And his words are not heard.
17 Words of the wise, spoken
quietly, should be
Rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Footnotes:
Ecclesiastes 9:2 Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read good and bad
Ecclesiastes 9:14 Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read bulwarks.
Second Reading: John 9:24-41
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” 30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
True Vision and True Blindness
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”[a]
36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him. 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” 40 Then some
of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.Footnotes:
John 9:35 NU-Text reads Son of Man.