Word of the day
Reading of the day
A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to Luke
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
"This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here."
Words of the Holy Father
This sign of Jonah, the real one, is that which gives us the confidence of being saved by the blood of Christ. How many Christians, how many there are who think that they will be saved only because of what they do, by their works. Works are necessary, but they are a consequence, a response to that merciful love which saves us. But work alone, without this merciful love, are not enough. The Jonah syndrome, instead, trusts only in its personal justice, in its works. (Santa Marta, 14 october 2013)