Ordinary Time
Wednesday of the Twentieth Week

“One day the trees went out to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us...” (Judges 9:8.)

Saint Augustine of Hippo comments on this verse from the First Reading proclaimed at Mass today:

“And no one has been so illiterate as to think that similar Fables of Aesop, related for the same purpose, ought to be called lies. But also in the sacred writings such passages are found, as in the Book of Judges the trees look for a king to rule over them and speak to the olive and the fig and the vine and the bramble. Surely, all this is invented in order that we may reach the matter intended by means of a narrative [that is] fictitious, to be sure, but bearing a true and not a false signification.” (Against Lying, 13.)

O God,
Who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,
so that, loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen