EVANGELIUM SECUNDUM MATTHAEUM
1 Tunc simile erit regnum caelorum decem virginibus, quae accipientes lampades suas exierunt obviam sponso.
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LETTURA DEL GIORNO
READINGS OF THE DAY
First reading from the Book of Wisdom
Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;
Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,
for he shall find her sitting by his gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care;
because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,
and graciously appears to them in the ways,
and meets them with all solicitude.
The word of the God.
Psalm 62, 2. 3-4. 5-6. 7-8
Second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
THES 4:13-18 OR 4:13-14
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.
The word of the God.
Aleluya Mt 24, 42a. 44
R. Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
READING OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
SAINT OF THE DAY
The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith.
ST. ADEODATUS I, POPE
STS. CROWNED MARTYRS
Ultimately, Christians cannot create a statue of a pagan god. The decision not to carve a statue of Aesculapius cost Christian sculptors Claudius, Castorius, Symphorian, and Nicostratus their lives. They were condemned by Diocletian, placed in lead barrels, and drowned in the Danube.
PAROLE DU JOUR
LECTURE DU JOUR
Lecture du livre de la Sagesse
(Sg 6, 12-16)
La Sagesse est resplendissante,
elle ne se flétrit pas.
Elle se laisse aisément contempler
par ceux qui l’aiment,
elle se laisse trouver
par ceux qui la cherchent.
Elle devance leurs désirs
en se faisant connaître la première.
Celui qui la cherche dès l’aurore ne se fatiguera pas:
il la trouvera assise à sa porte.
Penser à elle est la perfection du discernement,
et celui qui veille à cause d’elle
sera bientôt délivré du souci.
Elle va et vient
à la recherche de ceux qui sont dignes d’elle ;
au détour des sentiers,
elle leur apparaît avec un visage souriant ;
dans chacune de leurs pensées,
elle vient à leur rencontre.
Parole de Dieu