First Reading: Wisdom 13:1-9
Reading from the book of Wisdom – 1All men who ignore God are foolish by nature, those who, starting from visible goods, were not able to know Him who is; nor, by considering the works, did they recognize the Artificer. 2They took for gods, for rulers of the world, fire and wind, the fleeting air, the turning of the stars, the rushing water, the lights of the day. 3If, enchanted by their beauty, they took these creatures for gods, recognize how much their Lord is above them, for it was the author of beauty who created them. 4If you marveled at their power and activity, conclude from this how much more powerful is the one who formed them: 5in fact, starting from the greatness and beauty of the creatures, one can come to see, by analogy, the one who created them. 6However, these deserve less rebuke: perhaps they went astray looking for God and wanting to find him. 7In fact, living among his works, they begin to look for him, but they allow themselves to be seduced by his appearance, because what you see is beautiful! 8Even so, not even these can be forgiven, 9because, if they reached such vast knowledge, to the point of investigating the universe, how come they did not find their Lord more easily? - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 18A(19)
The heavens proclaim the glory of the Lord!
1. The heavens proclaim the glory of the Lord, / and the firmament, the work of his hands; / day to day transmits this message, / night to night publishes this news. – R.
2. They are not speeches or phrases or words, / nor are they voices that can be heard; / his sound resonates and spreads throughout the earth, / his voice reaches the ends of the universe. – R.
Gospel: Luke 17,26-37
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Lift up your heads and look, / for your redemption approaches! (Lc 21,28) – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke – At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: 26 “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 27They ate, drank, married and were given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and killed them all. 28It will happen as in the days of Lot: they ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built. 29But on the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and sulfur from the sky and killed everyone. 30The same will happen on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31On that day, whoever is on the roof must not go down to collect the goods that are in his house. And whoever is in the fields must not turn back. 32Remember Lot's wife. 33Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, and whoever loses it will keep it. 34I tell you, that night, two will be in one bed: one will be taken and the other will be left. 35Two women will be grinding together: one will be taken and the other will be left. 36Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other will be left.” 37The disciples asked, “Lord, where will this happen?” Jesus replied, “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Word of salvation.
Through two comparisons, Jesus invites his disciples to always be prepared to encounter God. Those who live busy only with their personal projects, without worrying about the practice of justice and fraternity, will be surprised like the contemporaries of Noah and Lot. The arrival of the Son of Man will be as improvised as lightning. There will be no time for last minute changes; whoever did righteousness will be saved. The separation between the just and the unjust will affect the most intimate relationships, such as marriage (bed) and work (women grinding together). Where will the trial take place? Wherever the person is. Each person will see the truth of themselves before the mirror that is Jesus, because in Him all of God's plan for humanity was manifested. Salvation is built day by day.
Vinde, benditos de meu Pai, diz o Senhor: eu estava doente e me visitastes. Em verdade vos digo, tudo o que fizestes ao menor dos meus irmãos, foi a mim que o fizestes
Primeira Leitura: Sabedoria 13,1-9