SATURDAY: Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The need to exercise prudence has tremendous importance for all who hope for salvation in Christ Jesus. Youthful zeal is inexcusable in following the promptings of their heart to do evil. Discretion leads to long-term happiness but recklessness regrets and distress.
Sirach cautions the youth: life is short; youthfulness is a phase; enjoy themselves but be conscious of the consequences of their actions and choices since everyone must grow old, die, and must give an account of their stewardship to God. Even Christ in his youthfulness was conscious of his Passion and death and lived only to do God's will.
Lord, keep me always conscious of death, dissolution and judgment.