Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9
When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth.For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging:Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road,and a grassy plain out of the mighty flood.Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by your hand,after they beheld stupendous wonders.For they ranged about like horses,and bounded about like lambs,praising you, O Lord! their deliverer.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.Sing to him, sing his praise,proclaim all his wondrous deeds.Glory in his holy name;rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.Then he struck every first born throughout their land,the first fruits of all their manhood.And he led them forth laden with silver and gold,with not a weakling among their tribes.R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.For he remembered his holy wordto his servant Abraham.And he led forth his people with joy;with shouts of joy, his chosen ones.R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done!or:R. Alleluia.
Alleluia See 2 Thes 2:14
R. Alleluia, alleluia.God has called us through the Gospel,to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 18:1-8Jesus told his disciples a parableabout the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain townwho neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering meI shall deliver a just decision for herlest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen oneswho call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
Posted: November 18, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;for the original source of beauty fashioned them.Or if they were struck by their might and energy,let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.For from the greatness and the beauty of created thingstheir original author, by analogy, is seen.But yet, for these the blame is less;For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,though they seek God and wish to find him.For they search busily among his works,but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.But again, not even these are pardonable.For if they so far succeeded in knowledgethat they could speculate about the world,how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5ab
R. (2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.The heavens declare the glory of God,and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.Day pours out the word to day,and night to night imparts knowledge.R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.Not a word nor a discoursewhose voice is not heard;Through all the earth their voice resounds,and to the ends of the world, their message.R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Alleluia Lk 21:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.Stand erect and raise your headsbecause your redemption is at hand.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 17:26-37Jesus said to his disciples:"As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;they were eating and drinking,marrying and giving in marriage up to the daythat Noah entered the ark,and the flood came and destroyed them all.Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:they were eating, drinking, buying,selling, planting, building;on the day when Lot left Sodom,fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.On that day, someone who is on the housetopand whose belongings are in the housemust not go down to get them,and likewise one in the fieldmust not return to what was left behind.Remember the wife of Lot.Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,but whoever loses it will save it.I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;one will be taken, the other left.And there will be two women grinding meal together;one will be taken, the other left." They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?"He said to them, "Where the body is,there also the vultures will gather."
Posted: November 17, 2017, 9:30 am
Reading 1 Wis 7:22b–8:1
In Wisdom is a spiritintelligent, holy, unique,Manifold, subtle, agile,clear, unstained, certain,Not baneful, loving the good, keen,unhampered, beneficent, kindly,Firm, secure, tranquil,all-powerful, all-seeing,And pervading all spirits,though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.For she is an aura of the might of Godand a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.For she is the refulgence of eternal light,the spotless mirror of the power of God,the image of his goodness.And she, who is one, can do all things,and renews everything while herself perduring;And passing into holy souls from age to age,she produces friends of God and prophets.For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.For she is fairer than the sunand surpasses every constellation of the stars.Compared to light, she takes precedence;for that, indeed, night supplants,but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightilyand governs all things well.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175
R. (89a) Your word is for ever, O Lord.Your word, O LORD, endures forever;it is firm as the heavens.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.Through all generations your truth endures;you have established the earth, and it stands firm.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.According to your ordinances they still stand firm:all things serve you.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.The revelation of your words sheds light,giving understanding to the simple.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.Let your countenance shine upon your servant,and teach me your statutes.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.Let my soul live to praise you,and may your ordinances help me.R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Alleluia Jn 15:5
R. Alleluia, alleluia.I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 17:20-25Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,Jesus said in reply,"The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.'For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you."Then he said to his disciples,"The days will come when you will long to seeone of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.There will be those who will say to you,'Look, there he is,' or 'Look, here he is.'Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.For just as lightning flashesand lights up the sky from one side to the other,so will the Son of Man be in his day.But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation."
Posted: November 16, 2017, 9:30 am
Readings courtesy of USCCB