Epistle • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[The faith of which St. Paul speaks is as naught without charity: If I should have faith capable of removing mountains, and have no charity, I am nothing. The merits of our works, as well as the light which illuminates our souls, are in proportion to our charity.]
Brethren, if I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries and all knowledge: and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity is patient, is kind: Charity envieth not, dealing not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth: beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known. And now there remain faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Gospel • Luke 18:31-43
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Pope St. Gregory the Great says: The man born blind of whom the Gospel tells is surely the human race. Ever since man was turned out of Paradise in the person of our first father, he has not known the light of Heaven, and therefore has suffered through being plunged into the darkness of condemnation.]
At that time Jesus took unto Him the twelve and said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man. For He shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked and scourged and spit upon: and after they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death, and on the third day He shall rise again. And they understood none of those things, and this word was hid from them, and they understood not the things that were said.
Now it came to pass, when He drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the wayside, begging. And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.* And they that went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace. But he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me.
And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto Him. And when he was come near, He asked him, saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see. And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight, thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he saw and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.*Indulgence of 500 days – plenary, under the usual conditions, if this invocation is daily recited during a month.