Book of Wisdom
For Wisdom, the artificer of all, taught me. For in her is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique, Manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain, Not baneful, loving
the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent,
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 God and 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 sun and surpasses every constellation of the
stars. Compared to light, she takes precedence;
that, indeed, night supplants, but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.
Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things
Your word, LORD, stands forever; it is
firm as the heavens.
Through all generations your truth
endures; fixed to stand firm like the earth.
edicts they stand firm to this day, for all things are your servants.
The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the
your face shine upon your servant; teach me your laws.
Let me live to praise you; may your edicts give me help.
Holy Gospel of
Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 17:20-25.
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom
of God would come, he 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 see one 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
For just as lightning flashes and 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