Gospel Lk 12:54-59Jesus said to the crowds,“When you see a cloud rising in the westyou say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the southyou say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.You hypocrites!You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;why do you not know how to interpret the present time?“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,make an effort to settle the matter on the way;otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,and the judge hand you over to the constable,and the constable throw you into prison.I say to you, you will not be releaseduntil you have paid the last penny.”- - -Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States
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?
Gospel LK 11:42-46The Lord said:“Woe to you Pharisees!You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb,but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.These you should have done, without overlooking the others.Woe to you Pharisees!You love the seat of honor in synagoguesand greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you!You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply,“Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law!You impose on people burdens hard to carry,but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:49-53.Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."Christ Pantokrator, St. Catherine Holy Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:13-15.Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."After he placed his hands on them, he went away.Carl Heinrich Bloch. 19th C. Museum of Natural History, Copenhagen.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:3-12.Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?"He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."(His) disciples said to him, "If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry."...
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18:21-35.19:1.Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?"Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the [debt.At|mysp.ac/3aLQ5] that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.'Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, 'Pay back what you owe.'...
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:24-26.Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me."Duomo di Cefalù, 12th century mosaics in the North Wall of the Choir. Sicily.