Saint Luke 17:20-25.
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,
kindly, Firm, 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
For she is fairer than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars. Compared
to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants, but wickedness prevails not
Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well.
Your word, LORD, stands forever; it is firm as the
Through all generations your truth endures; fixed to stand firm like the earth.
your edicts they stand firm to this day, for all things are your servants.
The revelation of your
words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple.
Let 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 pursuit.
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 generation.