Wisdom says that God rebukes offenders little by little and reminds them of their sins so that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in Him. May God, in his power, fulfil all our desires for goodness and complete all that we have been doing through faith; especially when we stray.
R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.2nd Reading:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2Gospel:
God is not the God of the dead, "but of the living, for to Him all are alive." Our faith however, disintegrates when subjected to scepticism and doubt. St Paul counsels, "May our Lord comfort and strengthen you in everything good that you do or say. May the Lord turn your hearts to the love of God and fortitude of Christ."
2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14Psalm:
R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.2nd Reading:
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5Gospel:
The ability to speak a word of wisdom which we do not prepare beforehand, that Jesus himself will give us, and that leaves our adversaries powerless to resist, is an irrefutable sign of the authority and majesty of Christ... It is the wisdom of the Word incarnate that cuts a swathe through the wicked. But for those who fear God's name, "the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing rays."
R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.2nd Reading:
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12Gospel:
The Gospel according to St Luke presents, as in a great painting, the Kingship of Jesus at the moment of his crucifixion... On the Cross, Jesus is exalted to the very 'height' of the God who is Love. It is there that he can be 'known'... Jesus from the throne of the Cross welcomes every human being with infinite mercy.
2 Samuel 5:1-3Psalm:
R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.2nd Reading: