First Reading: Wisdom 6:1-11
Reading from the book of Wisdom – 1Listen, O kings, and understand. Instruct yourselves, rulers of the ends of the earth! 2Pay attention, you who rule the crowds and are proud of the number of your subjects. 3For power has been given to you by the Lord, and sovereignty by the Most High. It is he who will examine your works and probe your intentions; 4although you were at the service of his kingdom, you did not judge righteously, nor did you observe the law, nor did you act according to the will of God. 5Therefore he will suddenly fall upon you in a terrible way, because a merciless judgment will be passed on the powerful. 6The small may be forgiven in mercy, but the mighty will be examined with power. 7The Lord of all will not retreat before anyone nor will he be impressed by greatness, because he made the small and the great, and his providence is the same for all; 8but for the powerful, the judgment will be severe. 9My words are directed to you rulers, so that you may learn wisdom and not stumble. 10Those who faithfully observe holy things will be justified; and those who learn them will find their defense. 11Therefore, desire my words ardently, love them, and you will be instructed. - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 81(82)
Arise, O Lord, judge the earth!
1. Give justice to the defenseless and the orphans, / absolve the poor and the humble! / Free the oppressed, the unfortunate, / from the hands of the oppressors, pluck them!” – R.
2. I said: “O judges, you are gods, / you are all children of the most high God! / And yet, like men you will die, / you will fall like any of the mighty ones!” – R.
Gospel: Luke 17,11-19
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ the Lord (1 Thess 5:18). – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke – 11It happened that, walking towards Jerusalem, Jesus was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was about to enter a village, ten lepers met him. They stopped at a distance 13and shouted: “Jesus, master, have mercy on us!” 14When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, present yourselves to the priests.” As they walked, it came to pass that they were healed. 15One of them, when he realized that he was healed, returned, glorifying God with a loud voice; 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet with his face on the ground and thanked him. And this was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked him, “Were not ten healed? And the other nine, where are they? 18Was there no one who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Get up and go! Your faith saved you.” – Word of salvation.
The severity of the disease (leprosy) magnifies the gesture of the therapist (Jesus) and highlights the lack of gratitude on the part of the majority of the recipients. Considered contagious, leprosy kept its carriers away from human contact. Now, the ten lepers remain at a distance and ask for the compassion of Jesus, who demands an act of faith from them: without yet being cured, they present themselves to the priests; These will prove the veracity of the cure. On the way, the ten find themselves purified of the disease, but only one returns “glorifying God”, and he does so “with a loud voice”, so that everyone can share in his joy and become aware of God's power. He was a Samaritan. He prostrates himself, confirming his faith in Jesus. And the other nine? They fail to hear from the Master’s lips the crowning of healing: “Get up and go! His faith saved him.”
Rezemos em favor dos que lideram as multidões, para que procedam com sabedoria e compaixão, segundo a vontade de Deus e o exemplo de Jesus.
Primeira Leitura: Sabedoria 6,1-11