Monday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke 11:29-32
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel

Letter to the Romans 1:1-7. 

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. 

Psalms 98(97):1.2-3ab.3cd-4. 

Sing a new song to the LORD, who has done marvelous deeds, Whose right hand and holy arm have won the victory.
The LORD has made his victory known; has revealed his triumph for the nations to see, 
Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 
Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 

Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 
Has remembered faithful love toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth; break into song; sing praise. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:29-32

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. 

Commentary of the day 

Attributed to Saint Romanos Melodios (?-c.560), composer of hymns 
Hymn « Niniveh » ; SC 99
"Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation"

Hymn « Niniveh » ; SC 99 
You foresaw the despair of Nineveh, you turned away the threat already made and your mercy, Lord, overcame your anger. Today, too, have pity on your people and your city. With your mighty hand turn back our enemies through the intercession of the Mother of God, receiving our repentance.

The hospital of repentance is open to every moral sickness, so come, let us make haste towards it and there acquire strength for our souls. It was in repentance that the sinful woman recovered health, Peter was delivered from his denial, David brought his heart's affliction to an end; it was in repentance that the Ninivites were healed (Lk 7,50; 22,62; 2Sam 12,13). Let us not delay, then; arise, let us show our wounds to our Savior and allow him to treat them. For he surpasses all our hopes in the welcome he offers our repentance.

No fees are ever demanded from those who come to him since they could not make a gift equal in value to the cure. Freely their health has been restored yet they have given what they could: tears instead of gifts since, for this Liberator, these are precious objects of love and desire. The sinful woman, Peter, David, the Ninivites, all these bear witness to it, for it was only bearing with them their lamentations that they made their way to the Liberator's feet and he received their repentance.

Tears are often stronger than God himself, if we might put it like this, and truly put pressure on him. For he who is all Mercy joyfully lets himself be bound by tears or, at least, by the tears of the spirit (cf. 2Cor 7,10)... So let us weep from our hearts just as the Ninivites, thanks to their contrition, opened heaven and were seen by the Liberator, who received their repentance.





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