First Reading: Wisdom 2.23-3.9
Reading from the book of Wisdom – 23God created man for immortality and made him in the image of his own nature; 24It was because of the devil's envy that death entered the world, and those who belong to him experience it. 3,1The lives of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no torment will touch them. 2In the eyes of fools they seem to have died; His departure from the world was considered a disgrace, 3and his departure from us a destruction; but they are at peace. 4In the eyes of men they appear to have been punished, but their hope is full of immortality; 5having suffered slight corrections, they will be filled with great blessings, because God put them to the test and found them worthy of himself. 6He tested them as gold is tested in fire and accepted them as burnt offerings; 7on the day of their judgment they will shine, running like sparks among the straw; 8They will judge the nations and rule over the peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever. 9Those who trust in him will understand the truth, and those who persevere in love will remain with him, because grace and mercy are for his elect. - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 33(34)
I will bless the Lord God at all times!
1. I will bless the Lord God at all times, / his praise will always be in my mouth. / My soul boasts in the Lord; / may the humble hear and rejoice! – R.
2. The Lord sets his eyes on the righteous, / and his ear is attentive to his call; / but he turns his face against the evil ones, / to erase their memory from the earth. – R.
3. The righteous cry out, and the kind Lord hears / and frees them from all distress. / He is close to the troubled heart / and comforts those with a broken spirit. – R.
Gospel: Luke 17,7-10
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Whoever truly loves me will keep my Word / and my Father will love him, and we will come to him (John 14:23). – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke – At that time, Jesus said: 7 “If any of you has an employee who works the land or takes care of animals, will you perhaps say to him, when he returns from the field: 'Come quickly to the table'? 8On the contrary, he will not say to the servant, 'Prepare dinner for me, gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; after that you will be able to eat and drink’? 9Will you thank the employee because he did what he was told? 10So you also, when you have done everything they commanded you, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; We did what we were supposed to do.'” – Word of salvation.
Jesus invites his disciples to give themselves entirely to the mission, without seeking benefits that are incompatible with the urgency of implementing the Kingdom of God. He is the model of the faithful servant: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mk 10:45). Generous and free must be the service we provide to the Kingdom of Jesus. Saint Paul told the religious leaders of Ephesus: “I served the Lord with all humility, with tears and in the midst of trials… I never stopped teaching you what could be useful to you” (Acts 20:19-20). The reward will come, because God is attentive to the smallest gesture of love. With humility and joy, let us do what belongs to us, according to the gifts we have received from God.
Grande bênção é aceitar Jesus e servi-lo, vivendo segundo seus ensinamentos, pois “a vida dos justos está nas mãos de Deus… e sua esperança é cheia de imortalidade”. Palavras de conforto na passagem deste mundo para a eternidade.
Primeira Leitura: Sabedoria 2,23-3,9