First Reading: Wisdom 1,1-7
Beginning of the book of Wisdom – 1Love justice, you who rule the earth; have good feelings towards the Lord and seek him with simplicity of heart. 2He allows himself to be found by those who do not demand proof and manifests himself to those who trust in him. 3For perverse thoughts turn away from God; and his power, put to the test, confounds the foolish. 4Wisdom does not enter a soul that plots evil nor lives in a body subject to sin. 5The holy spirit, who teaches it, flees from cunning, turns away from foolish thoughts and withdraws when injustice comes. 6Indeed, wisdom is the spirit that loves men, but does not leave anyone who blasphemes with their own lips unpunished, for God is a witness to their thoughts, searches their hearts according to the truth and listens to their tongue; 7For the spirit of the Lord fills the whole earth, holds all things together, and knows everything that is said. - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 138(139)
Lead me on the path to life, O Lord!
1. Lord, you probe me and know me, / you know when I sit down or get up; / you penetrate my thoughts from afar, † you perceive when I lie down and when I walk, / my paths are all known to you. – R.
2. The word has not even reached my tongue / and already, Lord, you know it completely. / Behind and in front you surround me; / you laid your hand on me. / This truth is too wonderful, / it is so sublime, that I cannot understand it. – R.
3. Where will I hide myself from your spirit? / And where shall I flee from your face? / If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; / if I descend into the abyss, you are present. – R.
4. If the dawn lends me its wings, / so that I can fly and dwell at the end of the seas, / even there your hand will guide me / and hold my right hand firmly. – R.
Gospel: Luke 17,1-6
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
As stars in the world, shine, / preaching the Word of life! (Fl 2,15s) – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke – At that time, 1Jesus said to his disciples: “It is inevitable that scandals will happen. But woe to him who produces scandals! 2It would be better for him if a millstone were tied around his neck and thrown into the sea than for one of these little ones to be scandalized. 3Pay attention: if your brother sins, rebuke him. If he converts, forgive him. 4If he sins against you seven times in one day and comes to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord answered, “If you had faith, even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted from here and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” – Word of salvation.
Three important reminders from Jesus: avoid scandal; practice fraternal correction combined with forgiveness; live in faith. To scandalize is to set a bad example, making it difficult to practice justice and follow Jesus. For a good community experience, those who make mistakes must express regret and ask for forgiveness. If Jesus recommended forgiveness so much, it is because of the difficulty we have in forgiving, and because there is no progress in spiritual life without the attitude of forgiveness. The forgiveness we grant to those who offend us is the key to obtaining His liberating forgiveness from God. Finally, faith is a constant exercise. As we obtain, through faith, the graces we need, our faith grows stronger. It is a daily effort and a constant attitude of trust in God. Faith is a gift from God, but we need to cultivate it without ceasing.