First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13:19-20:30-31
Reading from the book of Proverbs – 10A strong woman, who will find her? She is worth much more than the jewelry. 11Her husband trusts her completely and will not lack resources. 12She gives him nothing but joy and no sorrow all the days of her life. 13She looks for wool and linen, and she works with skill with her hands. 19He stretches out his hand to the distaff, and his fingers hold the spindle. 20Open your hands to the needy and extend your hands to the poor. 30Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; The woman who fears the Lord deserves praise. 31Proclaim the success of her hands, and in the square praise her works! - Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: 127(128)
Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!
1. Happy are you if you fear the Lord / and walk his paths! / From the work of your hands you will live, / you will be happy, everything will be fine! – R.
2. Your wife is a very fruitful vine / in the heart of your home; / your children are olive shoots / around your table. – R.
3. Every man / who fears the Lord will be blessed. / The Lord bless you from Zion / every day of your life. – R.
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Reading of Saint Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians – 1As for time and hour, my brothers, there is no reason to write to you. 2You yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When people say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction will come, like labor pains on a pregnant woman. And they won't be able to escape. 4But you, my brothers, are not in darkness, so that this day overtakes you like a thief. 5You are all children of light and children of the day. We are not of the night or darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep like others, but let us be vigilant and sober. - Word of the Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 25,14-30 or 14-15,19-21
[The short form is in brackets.]
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Abide in me, and I will abide in you, says the Lord; / whoever remains in me bears much fruit (John 15:4s). – R.
Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew – [At that time, Jesus told his disciples this parable: 14“A man was going to travel abroad. He called his servants and handed over his goods to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to the third one; to each according to his ability. Then he traveled.] 16The employee who had received five talents immediately went out, worked with them and made another five talents. 17In the same way, he who had received two gained two others. 18But the one who had received only one went out, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. [19After a long time, the boss came back and went to settle accounts with his employees. 20The employee who had received five talents gave him five more, saying, ‘Lord, you gave me five talents. Here are five more that I profited from’. 21The master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! As you were faithful in administering so little, I will trust you with much more. Come and share my joy!’] 22The one who had received two talents also arrived and said, ‘Lord, you gave me two talents. Here are two more that I profited from’. 23The master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! As you were faithful in administering so little, I will trust you with much more. Come and share my joy!’ 24Finally, he who had received a talent arrived and said, ‘Lord, I know that you are a severe man, for you reap where you did not sow and reap where you did not sow. 25So I was afraid and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what belongs to you’. 26The master answered him, 'You wicked and lazy servant! Did you know that I reap where I did not sow and reap where I did not sow? 27Then you should have deposited my money in the bank, so that when I returned, I would receive what belongs to me with interest.' 28Then the boss ordered: ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten! 29For to everyone who has more will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30As for this useless servant, throw him out into the darkness. Then there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!'” – Word of salvation.
Jesus uses the field of economics to explain the mystery of the Kingdom of God. While in this world, Christians need to produce the fruits of righteousness, according to the capabilities they have received. Upon returning, at any time and at the end of time, the boss (Jesus) demands an account from the administration. Each talent corresponds to a huge amount. The first two servants make their talents (their gifts) multiply. The prize is living with the boss (God). The third servant, on the other hand, misused the talent. He defended himself, blaming the boss's demands, who described him as a “bad and lazy servant”, and punished him with harsh words.
Meus pensamentos são de paz e não de aflição, diz o Senhor. Vós me invocareis e hei de escutar-vos, e vos trarei de vosso cativeiro, de onde estiverdes