First Reading: 1 Timothy 6:2-12
Reading of the first letter from Saint Paul to Timothy – Dearly beloved, 2teach and recommend these things. 3Whoever teaches strange doctrines and disagrees with the salutary words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrine consistent with godliness 4is obsessed with pride, an ignorant person who morbidly delights in questions and discussions of words. This is where envy, strife, insults, suspicions and strife arise from men with corrupted minds and deprived of the truth, who make piety a subject of profit. 6Without a doubt, a great source of profit is piety, but when accompanied by a spirit of detachment. 7For we brought nothing into the world, nor can we take anything away. 8Having food and clothing, let us be satisfied. 9Those who desire to get rich fall into temptation and traps, into many foolish and pernicious desires that plunge men into perdition and ruin, 10because the root of all evil is the greed for money. Because they allowed themselves to be carried away by it, many went astray from the faith and tormented themselves with many sufferings. 11You who are a man of God, flee from perverse things; seek righteousness, godliness, faith, love, firmness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith, win eternal life, to which you were called and by which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses. - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 48(49)
Happy are the humble in spirit, / because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
1. Why fear bad and unhappy days, / when the malice of the wicked surrounds me? / Why fear those who trust in riches / and boast in the abundance of their possessions? – R.
2. No one can escape his death for money / not even God can pay his ransom. / Exemption from death itself is priceless; / there is no wealth that can acquire it, / nor give man a life without limits / and guarantee him an immortal existence. – R.
3. Do not worry when a man becomes rich / and increases the opulence of his house; / because, when he dies, he will take nothing with him, / nor will his prestige be able to accompany him. – R.
4. He congratulated himself while he was alive: / “Everyone applauds you, it’s okay, this is life!” / But he goes to his parents, / who will never see the light again! – R.
Gospel: Luke 8,1-3
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, / for you revealed the mysteries of your Kingdom / to the little ones, hiding them from the doctors! (Mt 11,25) – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke – At that time, 1Jesus walked through cities and towns, preaching and announcing the Good News of the Kingdom of God. The twelve went with him; 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and illnesses: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna, wife of Chuza, a high official of Herod; Susana and several other women who helped Jesus and the disciples with the goods they had. – Word of salvation.
This passage shows us, in part, how the public life of Jesus and his apostles was organized. Jesus is not a solitary preacher. In addition to the Twelve who accompany him, some women also take part in the apostolic proclamation of the Christian message. The evangelical tradition has preserved the names of some of them (Joana, Suzana) and their performance in important moments (Maria Magdalene, in the resurrection of Jesus). The early Church, like Jesus, opened significant space for women's action in communities. Women do not have a passive role in the mystery of salvation, and today they are called to new apostolic responsibilities, as demonstrated by the Second Vatican Council.