Friday, November 8, 2019

Pope Francis tells Prison Pastoral Workers "We are certain that the works that Divine Mercy inspires in each of you..."


Sala Clementina
Friday, November 8, 2019

Dear Cardinal, dear brothers and sisters,

I cordially greet all of you who are participating in this Meeting on Human Integral Development and Catholic Penitentiary Pastoral Care. When I commissioned the Department for Human Development Service Integrate to make the Church's concern for people in particular situations of suffering manifest, I wanted to take into account the reality of so many detained brothers and sisters. However, it is not a task assigned only to the Dicastery, but it is the whole Church in fidelity to the mission received from Christ to be called to work permanently the mercy of God on behalf of the most vulnerable and defenseless in whom Jesus himself is present (see Mt 25 , 40). We will be judged on this.

As I have already pointed out on other occasions, the prison situation continues to be a reflection of our social reality and a consequence of our selfishness and indifference summarized in a culture of waste (see Speech in the visit to the Social Rehabilitation Center of Ciudad Juárez, 17 February 2016). Many times society, through legalistic and inhuman decisions, justified by an alleged search for good and security, seeks in the isolation and detention of those who act against social norms, the ultimate solution to the problems of community life. This justifies the fact that large amounts of public resources are allocated to suppress offenders instead of truly seeking to promote the integral development of people that reduces the circumstances that favor the execution of illicit actions.

It is easier to repress than to educate and I would say that it is even more convenient. To deny the injustice present in society is easier and to create these spaces to enclose transgressors in oblivion that offer equal opportunities for development to all citizens. It is a form of waste, polite waste, in quotation marks.

Furthermore, places of detention often fail to promote reintegration processes, no doubt because they do not have sufficient resources to deal with the social, psychological and family problems experienced by prisoners, and also because of frequent overpopulation of prisons that turns them into real places of depersonalization. On the contrary, a true social reintegration begins guaranteeing opportunities for development, education, decent work, access to health, as well as generating public spaces for civic participation.

Today, in a special way, our societies are called to overcome the stigma of those who have made a mistake because, instead of offering the help and adequate resources to live a dignified life, we have become accustomed to discarding rather than considering efforts that the person performs to reciprocate the love of God in his life. Many times, having left prison, the person must confront a world that is foreign to her, and that furthermore does not recognize her as trustworthy, even going so far as to exclude her from the possibility of working to obtain a decent livelihood. By preventing people from regaining their full dignity, they remain exposed again to the dangers that accompany the lack of development opportunities, in the midst of violence and insecurity.

As Christian communities we must ask ourselves a question. If these brothers and sisters have already served their sentence for the evil committed, why does a new social punishment arise on their shoulders with rejection and indifference? On many occasions, this social aversion is one more reason to expose them to fall into the same mistakes.

Brothers, in this meeting you have already shared some of the many initiatives with which the local Churches pastorally accompany the prisoners, those who have finished the detention and the families of many of them. With the inspiration of God, every ecclesial community takes on its own path to make present the Father's mercy to all these brothers and to make a permanent call resound so that every man and every society tries to act firmly and decisively in favor of the peace and justice.

We are certain that the works that Divine Mercy inspires in each of you and in the many members of the Church dedicated to this service are truly effective. The love of God that sustains and encourages you in serving the weakest, strengthens and increases this ministry of hope that you carry out every day among the prisoners. I pray for every person who, from generous silence, serves these brothers, recognizing the Lord in them. I congratulate all the initiatives with which, not without difficulty, the families of prisoners are also assisted pastorally and accompany each other in this period of great trial, so that the Lord may bless everyone.

I would like to conclude with two images, two images that can help. One cannot speak of a debt settlement with the company in a windowless prison. There is no human pain without a horizon. No one can change life unless he sees a horizon. And many times we are used to blind the eyes of our inmates. Bring this image of the windows and the horizon with you, and make sure that in your countries prisons, prisons, always have windows and horizon, even a life sentence, which for me is questionable, even a life sentence should have a horizon.

The second image is an image that I saw several times when in Buenos Aires I went by bus to some parish in the area of ​​Villa Devoto and passed in front of the prison. The line of people who went to visit the prisoners. Above all the image of the mothers, the mothers of the prisoners, all saw them, because they were in line an hour before entering and then they were subjected to security checks, very often humiliating. Those women weren't ashamed that everyone saw them. My son is there, and we didn't hide their faces for his son. May the Church learn motherhood from those women and learn the gestures of motherhood that we must have towards these brothers and sisters who are being held. The window and the mother in line are the two images I leave you.

With the witness and service you render, keep fidelity to Jesus Christ alive. That at the end of our lives we can hear the voice of Christ calling us saying: "Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world ... whenever you have done these things to only one of you have done these little brothers of mine to me "(Mt 25: 34.40). May our Lord of Mercy accompany you, your families and all those who serve the prisoners.

L'Osservatore Romano, ed. daily, Anno CLIX, n.255, 9/11/2019

Saint November 8 : St. Elizabeth of the Trinity a Carmelite who “wanted to give her life and to return a little of His great love.”

+St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
Elizabeth Catez was born in 1880 in Avor, France.  Her father was an army captain and died when she was seven.  She had a younger sister, Guite, and they were very close to each other and their mother.  At the age of seven, Elizabeth told a friend of the family, Canon Angles, that she would be a religious.  She was a precocious child with a flashing temper until she made her First Communion.  From that time on she was noticeably calm in temperament.  She was an accomplished pianist.  Her family was middle class, and they enjoyed parties and other social activities. 
From the time of her First Communion in 1891, she “wanted to give her life and to return a little of His great love.”  At the age of thirteen she bound herself to Jesus was a vow of virginity.  Elizabeth’s heart had been captured, and now she could think only of Him.  On her twenty-first birthday she had her mother’s blessing at last to enter the Carmel in Dijon, close to her home.  Elizabeth expresses in her letters a deep joy at being in Carmel.  Everything led her to her “Three,” the Trinity.  She offered herself unconditionally to “Him”; He accepted. 
Elizabeth became ill shortly after entering Carmel and suffered for five years from a stomach ailment, now thought to have been Addison’s disease.  Her suffering was intense both spiritually and physically; this caused her love for Jesus to increase, and also her desire to offer these sufferings to Him. 
In her writings Elizabeth refers often to the words of Saint Paul.  She speaks of her vocation: “To be a bride, a bride of Carmel,” means to have the flaming heart of Elijah, the transpierced heart of Teresa, to be His “true bride,” because she was ”zealous for His honor.”  St. Elizabeth of the Trinity had true depth of prayer, was a mystic, a great lover of Jesus, and a real friend to her sisters in Carmel and her family.  She referred to herself as Laudem Gloriae, Praise of Glory.  She died November 9, 1906.  Her last words were:  “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!” Her canonization took place in Rome on October 16, 2016.
“O my God, Trinity whom I adore, let me entirely forget myself that I may abide in you, still and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity; let nothing disturb my peace nor separate me from you, O my unchanging God, but that each moment may take me further into the depths of your mystery ! Pacify my soul! Make it your heaven, your beloved home and place of your repose; let me never leave you there alone, but may I be ever attentive, ever alert in my faith, ever adoring and all given up to your creative action. 
O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, would that I might be for you a spouse of your heart! I would anoint you with glory, I would love you - even unto death! Yet I sense my frailty and ask you to adorn me with yourself; identify my soul with all the movements of your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute yourself in me that my life may become but a reflection of your life. Come into me as Adorer, Redeemer and Savior. 
O Eternal Word, Word of my God, would that I might spend my life listening to you, would that I might be fully receptive to learn all from you; in all darkness, all loneliness, all weakness, may I ever keep my eyes fixed on you and abide under your great light; O my Beloved Star, fascinate me so that I may never be able to leave your radiance.
O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, descend into my soul and make all in me as an incarnation of the Word, that I may be to him a super-added humanity wherein he renews his mystery; and you O Father, bestow yourself and bend down to your little creature, seeing in her only your beloved Son in whom you are well pleased.
O my `Three', my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in whom I lose myself, I give myself to you as a prey to be consumed; enclose yourself in me that I may be absorbed in you so as to contemplate in your light the abyss of your Splendor!”
(excerpt from Drink of the Stream: Prayers of Carmelites compiled by Penny Hickey)

#BreakingNews 17 people Killed by IS in Tajikistan on the Border checkpoint on their Constitution Day - Please Pray

Seventeen die in Islamic State attack on border checkpoint
Both security officials and attackers die in the incident as IS fighters tried to enter from Afghanistan. Today is Tajikistan’s Constitution Day. The country has been marked by bitter social conflicts. At least 1,000 young people are said to have joined the fight in Syria and Iraq.

Dushanbe (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Islamic State (IS) fighters attacked this morning a checkpoint in Tajikistan, on the border with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) has announced.

A policeman and a border guard were killed in the incident along with 15 attackers. Four other fighters, who had fled the scene, were eventually captured.

The attack began around 3.30 am (local time) at a post about 60 kilometres southwest of the capital, in the Rudaki district. No one has yet claimed responsibility.

The NSC’s Central Border Guard Directorate said that on Sunday, attackers entered Qabodiyon district in Tajikistan’s Khatlon region from the Qalai-e Zal district in Afghanistan's Kunduz Province.

Some experts believe the attack was meant to scuttle a recent agreement signed by Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to settle a border dispute. It took place on Tajikistan’s Constitution Day whilst Tajikistani President Emomali Rakhmon was on an official visit to Europe (Paris, Bern, Prague).

Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is a poor country of nine million people, 97 per cent Muslim, that became independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

With a mostly mountainous terrain, its economy is principally based on aluminium production, cotton and the remittances of Tajik workers abroad.

Since it gained independence in 1991, the country has been marked by bitter conflicts. Tens of thousands of people died in five years of civil war (1992-1997) between rebel groups (some Islamic oriented) and the government.

In Tajikistan as in all other former Soviet republics in Central Asia, Islamic extremism has developed among the young in recent years.

According to the government, at least a thousand Tajikistanis have left the country to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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Pope Francis says to Salvation Army “Holiness transcends denominational boundaries”. The holiness that shows itself in concrete actions of goodness..." Full Text

Clementine Hall
Friday, 8 November 2019

General Peddle,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am happy to have this opportunity to renew to you and to all the members and volunteers of the Salvation Army my grateful appreciation for the witness you give to the primacy of discipleship and service to the poor. This makes you an evident and credible sign of evangelical love, in obedience to the Lord’s commandment: “Love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples” (Jn 13:34).
As I have mentioned on several occasions – and again just now, when we spoke – it was by encountering members of the Salvation Army that I received, many years ago, from my grandmother, my first lesson in ecumenism – I was four years old!. Their example of humble service to the least of our brothers and sisters spoke louder than any words. I am reminded, General, of the insight expressed by your predecessor when we met five years ago: “Holiness transcends denominational boundaries”. The holiness that shows itself in concrete actions of goodness, solidarity and healing speaks to the heart and testifies to the authenticity of our discipleship. On this basis, Catholics and Salvationists can increasingly assist one another and cooperate in a spirit of mutual respect and in a life of holiness as well.
Such a common witness is like the leaven that in Jesus’s parable, a woman took and mixed with flour until the whole mass of dough began to rise (cf. Lk 13:21). The gratuitous love that inspires acts of service to those in need is not only a leaven; it also has the fragrance of freshly baked bread. It attracts and convinces. Young people in particular need to breathe in that fragrance, since in many cases it is absent from their daily experience. In a world where selfishness and divisions abound, the noble fragrance of genuine self-giving love can offer a much-needed antidote and open minds and hearts to the transcendent meaning of our existence.
As the Bishop of Rome, of this Diocese, I would like to thank the Salvation Army for all that you do in this city for the homeless and the marginalized, of whom there are so many in Rome. I am also aware of your significant involvement in the fight against human trafficking and other modern forms of slavery. May God bless your efforts.

Thank you once more for your visit. Let us remember one another in our prayers, and continue to work to spread God’s love through acts of service and solidarity.
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Bishops and United Nations call for End of Violence in Bolivia after over 300 are left injured

AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Set aside sectoral interests: Bishops and UN representative call for an end to violence
Friday, 8 November 2019
Santa Cruz (Agenzia Fides) - The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Mgr. Sergio Gualberti, and the Archbishop of Cochabamba, Oscar Omar Aparicio, together with their Auxiliaries, have invited to establish a sincere dialogue between political, civil and citizen protagonists, as the only way to authentic peace. To do this, sectoral interests should be set aside. The Archbishop of Santa Cruz, who had recently returned home from the Synod of Bishops held in Rome, said this yesterday evening in a meeting with media operators.
Mgr. Sergio Gualberti, according to information sent to Fides, expressed concern and uncertainty about the unpredictable consequences that the political crisis can bring to Bolivia. In these days in which the general strike continues, three people have died, two in Montero and the third in Cochabamba, in addition to numerous injuries in clashes between supporters of MAS (the party of President Morales) and the population who protest.
"My solidarity with the victims and fraternal closeness to their relatives", said Mgr. Gualberti, who asked the authorities to listen to the cry of the people from all corners of the country, and to recognize the great sacrifice of the people who are on strike, especially those who believe in democracy.
Communication of the electoral result by the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), with the victory of outgoing president Morales (see Fides, 4/11/2019), followed by days of strong protests and violent clashes that caused 3 deaths. According to agency information, there were new clashes in La Paz last night that left many wounded, both protesters and policemen.
The United Nations Organization in Bolivia has published a note that "strongly condemns the death of a third victim of intolerance and violence that continues in the country, as well as of the more than 300 people injured so far, according to data from the Office of Ombudsman", stressing that "nothing justifies the clash between Bolivians, and the death of citizens is absolutely inconceivable".
The United Nations representation "expresses profound dismay and indignation at the high levels of violence registered", the note continues, and "reminds the competent authorities that it is their duty to guarantee the respect, protection and guarantee of the human rights of all Bolivians "and urges them to "act preventively in the face of any act of violence". The UN representation in Bolivia calls on all political actors "to immediately reduce political tensions and totally condemn any violent demonstration that could endanger people's integrity and life". Finally "it reaffirms the absolute rejection of any form of violence and launches an appeal to dialogue as the only way to avoid further deaths and restore peace". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 8/11/2019)
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Pope Francis explains "In the poor you have found a privileged place of encounter with Christ." Full Text to Jesuits


Sala Clementina
Thursday, 7 November 2019

Hello and welcome,

We all know that the Society of Jesus has been called from the beginning to serve the poor, a vocation that Saint Ignatius included in the Formula of 1550. The Jesuits would have dealt with "the defense and propagation of the faith, and the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine "and dedicated to" reconciling dissidents, to help and piously serve those in prison and in hospitals, and to perform ... all other works of charity "(Formula of the Institute, June 21 1550, approved and confirmed by Pope Julius III). It was not a declaration of intent, but a lifestyle that they had already experienced, which filled them with consolation and to which they felt sent by the Lord.

This original Ignatian tradition has come down to our days. Father Arrupe proposed to strengthen it. At the base of his vocation there was the experience of contact with human pain. Years later he wrote: "I have seen (God) so close to those who suffer, to those who cry, to those who are shipwrecked in this life of abandonment, that the ardent desire to imitate him in this voluntary proximity to the derelicts of the world, which ignited in me society despises "(Este Japón increible. Memory of P. Arrupe, 4th edition Mensajero, Bilbao, 1991, p. 19).

Today we use the word discarded, right? We talk about the culture of waste, this great majority of people left behind. For me, what strikes me deeply about this text is the origin, where it comes from. From prayer, no? Arrupe was a man of prayer, a man who fought with God every day, and from there this fort was born. Father Pedro always believed that the service of faith and the promotion of justice could not be separated: they were radically united. For him all the ministries of the Society had to respond to the challenge of announcing the faith and, at the same time, of promoting justice. What until then had been a task for some Jesuits, was to become a concern for everyone.

The poor, a meeting place with the Lord

Every year the liturgy invites us to contemplate God in the candor of an excluded child, who came among his people, but was not accepted (see Jn 1, 11). According to Saint Ignatius, a maid - a maid, a person, a young woman who serves - assists the Holy Family (see Spiritual Exercises, nos. 111-114). Together with her, Ignazio exhorts us to be there too, "I act like a small and unworthy servant, looking at them, contemplating them and serving them in their needs" (Ibid). This is not poetry or advertising, this Ignazio felt it. And he lived it.

This active contemplation of God, excluding God, helps us to discover the beauty of every marginalized person. No service replaces "appreciating the poor in his own goodness, with his way of being, with his culture, with his way of living the faith" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, No. 199).

In the poor you have found a privileged place of encounter with Christ. This is a precious gift in the life of the follower of Christ: to receive the gift of meeting him among the victims and the poor.

The encounter with Christ among his favorites sharpens our faith. This happened in the case of the Society of Jesus, whose experience with the latter deepened and strengthened the faith. "Our faith became more paschal, more compassionate, more tender, more evangelical in its simplicity" (General Congregation 34 of the Society of Jesus, 1995, d. 2, n. 1), especially in the service of the poor.

You have experienced a true personal and corporate transformation in the silent contemplation of the pain of your brothers. A transformation that is a conversion, a return to looking at the face of the crucifix, which invites us every day to remain close to him and lay him down from the cross.

Do not stop offering this familiarity with the vulnerable. Our broken and divided world needs to build bridges so that the human encounter allows each of us to discover in the last the beautiful face of our brother, in which we recognize ourselves, and whose presence, even without words, requires in his need the our care and our solidarity.

Follow Jesus among the crucified

Jesus did not have "where to lay his head" (Mt 8:20), dedicated as he was to preaching "the good news of the kingdom" and to cure "all sorts of diseases and infirmities" (Mt 4:23). Today his Spirit, alive among us, urges us to follow him in the service of the crucified of our time.
The situations of injustice and human pain that we all know well abound. "Perhaps we can speak of a third war fought" in pieces ", with crimes, massacres, destruction" (Omelia, Redipuglia, 13 September 2014). Trafficking in persons exists, expressions of xenophobia and the selfish search for national interest abound, inequality between and within countries is growing without finding a remedy. With a progression I would say geometric.

On the other hand, "we have never mistreated our common home as in the last two centuries" (Encyclical Letter Laudato si ’, n. 53). Not surprisingly, once again "the poorest people suffer the most serious effects of all environmental aggressions" (Ibid., N. 48).

Following Jesus in these circumstances involves a set of tasks. Begin with the accompaniment of the victims, to contemplate in them the face of our crucified Lord. Continue to pay attention to the human needs that are born, many times innumerable and unaffordable as a whole. Today it is also necessary to reflect on the reality of the world, to unmask its ills, to discover the best answers, to generate apostolic creativity and the depth that Father Nicolás so desired for the Company.

But our answer cannot stop there. We need a true "cultural revolution" (ibid., N. 114), a transformation of our collective gaze, of our attitudes, of our ways of perceiving ourselves and of situating ourselves before the world. Finally, social ills often become embedded in the structures of a society, with the potential for dissolution and death (see Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, No. 59). Hence the importance of the slow work of transforming structures, through participation in public dialogue, where decisions are made that condition the lives of the last (see Meeting with popular movements in Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 9 July 2015).

Some of you, and many other Jesuits who preceded you, have begun to serve the poorest, to educate, to pay attention to refugees, to defend human rights and social services in multiple fields. Continue with this creative commitment, always in need of renewal in a society with accelerated changes. Help the Church in the discernment that we must do today also on our apostolates. Do not stop collaborating on the web between you and with other ecclesial and civil organizations to have a word in defense of the most needy in this increasingly globalized world. With this globalization that is spherical, which cancels cultural identities, religious identities, personal identities, everything is the same. True globalization must be multi-faceted. Join us, but each keeping its own peculiarity.

In the sorrow of our brothers and of our threatened common home it is necessary to contemplate the mystery of the crucifix in order to be able to give life to the end, as so many Jesuit companions did in 1975. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Jesuits of the Central American University of El Salvador, who caused so much pain to Father Kolvenbach and that prompted him to ask the help of Jesuits throughout the Company. Many responded generously. The life and death of martyrs are an encouragement to our service to the least.

And open paths to hope

Our world needs transformations that protect the threatened life and defend the weakest. We look for changes and many times we don't know what they must be, or we don't feel capable of facing them, they transcend us.

In the frontiers of exclusion we run the risk of despair, if we follow only human logic. It is surprising that many times the victims of this world do not let themselves be overcome by the temptation to give in, but they trust and rock hope.

We are all witnesses to the fact that "the most humble, the exploited, the poor and the excluded" can and do a lot ... When the poor organize themselves they become authentic "social poets: job creators, home builders, producers of foodstuffs, especially for those discarded from the world market "(Meeting with popular movements in Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 9 July 2015).

Does the social apostolate exist to solve problems? Yes, but above all to promote processes and encourage hopes. Processes that help people and communities to grow, that lead them to be aware of their rights, to deploy their skills and to create their own future.
Work for "the true Christian hope, which seeks the eschatological Kingdom, [and which] always generates history" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, No. 181). Share your hope where you are, to encourage, console, comfort and revive. Please open the future, or, to use the expression of a current man of letters, frequent the future. Open the future, create possibilities, generate alternatives, help to think and act in a different way. Treat your daily relationship with the resurrected and glorious Christ, and be workers of charity and sowers of hope. You walk singing and crying that the struggles and worries for the lives of the least and for the creation threatened do not take away from you the joy of hope (see Laudato si ’, n. 244).

I would like to conclude with an image - we priests in the parishes distribute santini, so that people can bring an image to their home, an image of our family -. The testament of Arrupe, there in Thailand, in the refugee camp, with the discarded, with all that that man had of sympathy, to suffer with those people, with those Jesuits who were opening a breach in that moment in all this apostolate , asks you one thing: do not leave prayer. This was his testament. He left Thailand that day and had a stroke during the flight. May this saint, that this image, always accompany you. Thanks.

L'Osservatore Romano, ed. daily, Anno CLIX, n.254, 8/11/2019
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, November 8, 2019 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 489

Reading 1ROM 15:14-21

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
that you yourselves are full of goodness,
filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.
But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects to remind you,
because of the grace given me by God
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles
in performing the priestly service of the Gospel of God,
so that the offering up of the Gentiles may be acceptable,
sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in what pertains to God.
For I will not dare to speak of anything
except what Christ has accomplished through me
to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed,
by the power of signs and wonders,
by the power of the Spirit of God,
so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the Gospel of Christ.
Thus I aspire to proclaim the Gospel
not where Christ has already been named,
so that I do not build on another's foundation,
but as it is written:

Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R.(see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

Alleluia1 JN 2:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 16:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
'What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.'
The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.'
He called in his master's debtors one by one.
To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?'
He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.'
He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.'
Then to another he said, 'And you, how much do you owe?'
He replied, 'One hundred measures of wheat.'
He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.'
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than the children of light."