Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. February 3
    Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 323

    Reading 1 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13
    An informant came to David with the report,
    “The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom.”
    At this, David said to all his servants
    who were with him in Jerusalem:
    “Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.
    Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,
    then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword.”

    As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.
    His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.
    All those who were with him also had their heads covered
    and were weeping as they went.

    As David was approaching Bahurim,
    a man named Shimei, the son of Gera
    of the same clan as Saul’s family,
    was coming out of the place, cursing as he came.
    He threw stones at David and at all the king’s officers,
    even though all the soldiers, including the royal guard,
    were on David’s right and on his left.
    Shimei was saying as he cursed:
    “Away, away, you murderous and wicked man!
    The LORD has requited you for all the bloodshed in the family of Saul,
    in whose stead you became king,
    and the LORD has given over the kingdom to your son Absalom.
    And now you suffer ruin because you are a murderer.”
    Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king:
    “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?
    Let me go over, please, and lop off his head.”
    But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours,
    sons of Zeruiah, that he curses?
    Suppose the LORD has told him to curse David;
    who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
    Then the king said to Abishai and to all his servants:
    “If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life,
    how much more might this Benjaminite do so?
    Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
    Perhaps the LORD will look upon my affliction
    and make it up to me with benefits
    for the curses he is uttering this day.”
    David and his men continued on the road,
    while Shimei kept abreast of them on the hillside,
    all the while cursing and throwing stones and dirt as he went.

    Responsorial 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
    R. (8a) Lord, rise up and save me.
    O LORD, how many are my adversaries!
    Many rise up against me!
    Many are saying of me,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.”
    R. Lord, rise up and save me.
    But you, O LORD, are my shield;
    my glory, you lift up my head!
    When I call out to the LORD,
    he answers me from his holy mountain.
    R. Lord, rise up and save me.
    When I lie down in sleep,
    I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.
    I fear not the myriads of people
    arrayed against me on every side.
    R. Lord, rise up and save me.

    Alleluia Lk 7:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A great prophet has arisen in our midst
    and God has visited his people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 5:1-20
    Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,
    to the territory of the Gerasenes.
    When he got out of the boat,
    at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.
    The man had been dwelling among the tombs,
    and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.
    In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,
    but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,
    and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
    Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides
    he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.
    Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,
    he ran up and prostrated himself before him,
    crying out in a loud voice,
    “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
    I adjure you by God, do not torment me!”
    (He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”)
    He asked him, “What is your name?”
    He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”
    And he pleaded earnestly with him
    not to drive them away from that territory.

    Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.
    And they pleaded with him,
    “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.”
    And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.
    The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,
    where they were drowned.
    The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town
    and throughout the countryside.
    And people came out to see what had happened.
    As they approached Jesus,
    they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,
    sitting there clothed and in his right mind.
    And they were seized with fear.
    Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened
    to the possessed man and to the swine.
    Then they began to beg him to leave their district.
    As he was getting into the boat,
    the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.
    But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,
    “Go home to your family and announce to them
    all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.”
    Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis
    what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

    Feast day of Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr, patron of those who suffer from throat ailments
    Blase dedicated his early years to the study of philosophy and afterward became a physician. He was ordained to the priesthood and made Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, where he was seized and carried off to prison by Agricolous, the Governor. On his way to prison, a distraught mother whose child was suffering from a disease of the throat implored his aid. Bishop Blase's prayer intercession aided in the child being healed. Since that time, St. Blase's aid has been solicited in blessing of throats. After cruel tortures, Bishop Blase was beheaded in 316 AD. Through his intercession many have been cured of throat diseases or protected from them. If you have the opportunity, have your throat blessed today. The priest in giving the blessing of St. Blase, holds two candles in the form of a cross touching the throat, and prays that through the merits and intercession of St. Blase, the person blessed may be delivered from throat diseases and from every other evil. The priest says:
    Through the intercession of St Blase, bishop and martyr,
    may God deliver you from ailments of the throat
    and from every other evil.
    In the Name of the Father, and of the Son
    and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    Another nice prayer:
    O Glorious Saint Blaise,
    who by thy martyrdom
    has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith,
    obtain for us the grace to
    preserve within ourselves this divine gift,
    and to defend, without human respect,
    both by word and example,
    the truth of that same faith,
    which is so wickedly attacked
    and slandered in these our times.
    You who miraculously cured
    a little child when it was at the point of death
    by reason of an affliction of the throat,
    grant us your powerful protection in like misfortunes;
    and, above all, obtain for us
    the grace of repentance,
    together with a faithful observance of our Church,
    and avoidance from offending Almighty God. Amen.
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  2. February 4
    Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
    Reading 1 2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30–19:3
    Absalom unexpectedly came up against David’s servants.
    He was mounted on a mule,
    and, as the mule passed under the branches of a large terebinth,
    his hair caught fast in the tree.
    He hung between heaven and earth
    while the mule he had been riding ran off.
    Someone saw this and reported to Joab
    that he had seen Absalom hanging from a terebinth.
    And taking three pikes in hand,
    he thrust for the heart of Absalom,
    still hanging from the tree alive.

    Now David was sitting between the two gates,
    and a lookout went up to the roof of the gate above the city wall,
    where he looked about and saw a man running all alone.
    The lookout shouted to inform the king, who said,
    “If he is alone, he has good news to report.”
    The king said, “Step aside and remain in attendance here.”
    So he stepped aside and remained there.
    When the Cushite messenger came in, he said,
    “Let my lord the king receive the good news
    that this day the LORD has taken your part,
    freeing you from the grasp of all who rebelled against you.”
    But the king asked the Cushite, “Is young Absalom safe?”
    The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king
    and all who rebel against you with evil intent
    be as that young man!”

    The king was shaken,
    and went up to the room over the city gate to weep.
    He said as he wept,
    “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!
    If only I had died instead of you,
    Absalom, my son, my son!”

    Joab was told that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom;
    and that day’s victory was turned into mourning for the whole army
    when they heard that the king was grieving for his son.

    Responsorial Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
    R. (1a) Listen, Lord, and answer me.
    Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me,
    for I am afflicted and poor.
    Keep my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
    You are my God.
    R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
    Have mercy on me, O Lord,
    for to you I call all the day.
    Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.
    For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.
    Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer
    and attend to the sound of my pleading.
    R. Listen, Lord, and answer me.

    Alleluia Mt 8:17
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ took away our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 5:21-43
    When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
    to the other side,
    a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
    One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
    Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
    “My daughter is at the point of death.
    Please, come lay your hands on her
    that she may get well and live.”
    He went off with him
    and a large crowd followed him.

    There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
    She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
    and had spent all that she had.
    Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
    She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
    and touched his cloak.
    She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
    Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
    She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
    Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
    turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
    But his disciples said to him,
    “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
    and yet you ask, Who touched me?”
    And he looked around to see who had done it.
    The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
    approached in fear and trembling.
    She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
    He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
    Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

    While he was still speaking,
    people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
    “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
    Disregarding the message that was reported,
    Jesus said to the synagogue official,
    “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
    He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
    except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
    When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
    he caught sight of a commotion,
    people weeping and wailing loudly.
    So he went in and said to them,
    “Why this commotion and weeping?
    The child is not dead but asleep.”
    And they ridiculed him.time a
    Then he put them all out.
    He took along the child’s father and mother
    and those who were with him
    and entered the room where the child was.
    He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
    which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
    The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
    At that they were utterly astounded.
    He gave strict orders that no one should know this
    and said that she should be given something to eat.

    Feast day of Saint Andrew Corsini (1374 ), Bishop
    Andrew Corsini was born in Florence on 30 November 1302 into the noble Corsini house, one of twelve children born to Nicholas Corsini and Peregrina. He was named in honor of Saint Andrew whose feast day it was. Before his birth, his parents dedicated him to God, under the protection of the Blessed Virgin.

    He was wild in his youth; extravagance and vice were normal to him and it pained his devout mother. His parents severely rebuked him for his behavior, and he resolved to amend his ways and try to live up to their expectations. He went to the Carmelite monastery to consider what course to take and despite the entreaties of his disorderly friends, decided to become a friar.

    Carmelite friar
    Corsini joined the Carmelites in Florence in 1318 for his novitiate and began a life of great mortification. He was ordained to the priesthood was in 1328, began preaching in Florence before being sent for his studies at the University of Paris and later at Avignon, where he resided in with his cousin Cardinal Pietro Corsini. He returned to Florence in 1332 and was chosen as the prior for his convent. In 1348 as the Black Plague was prevalent in area, he was appointed as the order's Tuscan Provincial during the General Chapter meeting.

    On 13 October 1349, Pope Clement VI appointed him Bishop of Fiesole. Upon learning of this appointment, the reluctant Corsini went into hiding. An inscription on his tomb states that "he was snatched from the Carmel to the church and the miter of Fiesole". This perhaps gave rise to the legend that he fled but that a child discovered him at the charterhouse at Enna and later accepted the nomination as bishop as the result of a vision.

    He redoubled his austerities as bishop, wearing a hair shirt and iron girdle, and sleeping on a bed of vine-branches. At Fiesole, just northeast of Florence, he gained a reputation as a peacemaker between rival political factions and for his care of the poor. Pope Urban V sent him to Bologna as a papal legate to heal the breach between the nobles and the people. Corsini appointed two vicars to aid him in governing his diocese, and enforced discipline among the diocesan priests. A number of miraculous healings were attributed to his intercession.

    It was reported that in 1373, as he celebrated Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and told him he would leave this world on the Feast of the Three Kings'. It came to pass that he fell ill on Christmas night and died as foretold, on 6 January 1374. His remains were moved to Florence in the evening of 2 February 1374 were later found to be incorrupt upon exhumation in 1385. Many miracles were reported through his intercession after his death.
    St. Andrew Corsini, please pray for us and pray for all priests and religious and for the Holy Church. Amen.
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  3. February 5
    Memorial of Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr

    Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17
    King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,
    “Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba
    and register the people, that I may know their number.”
    Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:
    in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service;
    in Judah, five hundred thousand.

    Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,
    and said to the LORD:
    “I have sinned grievously in what I have done.
    But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant,
    for I have been very foolish.”
    When David rose in the morning,
    the LORD had spoken to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying:
    “Go and say to David, ‘This is what the LORD says:
    I offer you three alternatives;
    choose one of them, and I will inflict it on you.’”
    Gad then went to David to inform him.
    He asked: “Do you want a three years’ famine to come upon your land,
    or to flee from your enemy three months while he pursues you,
    or to have a three days’ pestilence in your land?
    Now consider and decide what I must reply to him who sent me.”
    David answered Gad: “I am in very serious difficulty.
    Let us fall by the hand of God, for he is most merciful;
    but let me not fall by the hand of man.”
    Thus David chose the pestilence.
    Now it was the time of the wheat harvest
    when the plague broke out among the people.
    The LORD then sent a pestilence over Israel
    from morning until the time appointed,
    and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beer-sheba died.
    But when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it,
    the LORD regretted the calamity
    and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people,
    “Enough now! Stay your hand.”
    The angel of the LORD was then standing
    at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
    When David saw the angel who was striking the people,
    he said to the LORD: “It is I who have sinned;
    it is I, the shepherd, who have done wrong.
    But these are sheep; what have they done?
    Punish me and my kindred.”

    Responsorial Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
    R. (see 5c) Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
    Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
    whose sin is covered.
    Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
    in whose spirit there is no guile.
    R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    my guilt I covered not.
    I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,”
    and you took away the guilt of my sin.
    R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
    For this shall every faithful man pray to you
    in time of stress.
    Though deep waters overflow,
    they shall not reach him.
    R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
    You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
    with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.
    R. Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.
    Alleluia Jn 10:27
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Gospel Mk 6:1-6
    Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
    accompanied by his disciples.
    When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
    and many who heard him were astonished.
    They said, “Where did this man get all this?
    What kind of wisdom has been given him?
    What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
    Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
    and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
    And are not his sisters here with us?”
    And they took offense at him.
    Jesus said to them,
    “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
    and among his own kin and in his own house.”
    So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
    apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
    He was amazed at their lack of faith.

    Feast day of St. Agatha
    Sicilian martyr
    St. Agatha, also called Saint Agatha of Sicily, virgin martyr. She is the patron saint of breast cancer patients and nurses and invoked against earthquakes.
    St. Agatha is cited in the martyrology of St. Jerome, the Calendar of Carthage (c. 530), and other works. She was one of the most-venerated virgin martyrs of Christian antiquity. Agatha was born to wealthy and noble parents. Having consecrated herself to God at a young age, Agatha resisted the advances of a Roman prefect named Quintanius who was sent by the emperor Decius to govern Sicily. Angry that Agatha resisted him, Quintanius had Agatha tortured by cutting off her breasts and then she was thrown on hot coals and imprisoned. During her time in jail, Agatha had a vision of Saint Peter who healed her wounds and spoke words of comfort to her. Finally Agatha was sent to the stake to be burned. As the fire was lit, a violent earthquake shook the area. Quintanius, fearing that people would protest him, had Agatha returned to prison where she died in the year 251. Agatha's name is mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer I at Mass.
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    padraig New Member

    I heard this this morning at mass.

    God offered King David the choice of three chastisements and King David choose the three day plague.

    This reminded me so much of the coronavirus.

    I notice the plague was through an angel.

    Reminds me of the angel with the sword at Fatima.
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  5. A long time ago in a message to Father Gobbi, the Virgin Mary in message #412 talked about the Angel of the first plague. Here it is in part
    412. The Angel of the First Plague (Como), October 13, 1989 Anniversary of the Last Apparition of Fatima "You are recalling today my last apparition, which took place at Fatima on the 13th of October, 1917, confirmed by the miracle of the sun. Look more and more to the Woman clothed in the sun, who has the task of preparing the Church and humanity for the coming of the great Day of the Lord.The times of the decisive battle have come. The hour of the great tribulation has now descended upon the world, because the angels of the Lord are being sent, with their plagues, to chastise the earth.How many times have I urged you to walk along the road of mortification of the senses, of mastery over the passions, of modesty, of good example, of purity and of holiness! But humanity has not accepted my urging and has continued to disobey the sixth commandment of the law of the Lord which prescribes that one shall not commit impure acts.On the contrary, it has sought to exalt such a transgression and to put it forward as the acquisition of a human value and a new way of exercising one's own personal freedom. Thus today it has reached the point of legitimating as good all the sins of impurity. It has begun to corrupt the consciences of little children and of youth, bringing them to the conviction that impure acts committed by oneself are no longer sins; that relations before marriage between those engaged is licit and good; that families may behave as they please and may also make use of the various means of birth control....This is the time when the Lord our God is being continually and publicly offended by sins of the flesh. Holy scripture has already warned you that those who sin by means of the flesh find their just punishment in that same flesh. And so the time has come when the Angel of the first plague is passing over the world, that it might be chastised according to the will of God.The Angel of the first plague cuts, -into the flesh of those who have allowed themselves to be signed with the mark of the monster on the forehead and on the hand and have adored his image, -with a painful and malignant wound, which causes those who have been stricken by it to cry out in desperation. This wound represents the physical pain which strikes the body by means of grave and incurable maladies. The painful and malignant wound is a plague for all humanity, today so perverted, which has built up an atheistic and materialistic civilization and has made the quest for pleasure the supreme aim of human life. Some of my poor children have been stricken by it because of their sins of impurity and their disordered morals and they carry within their own selves the weight of the evil they have done. Others, on the other hand, have been stricken, even though they are good and innocent; and so their suffering serves for the salvation of many of the wicked, in virtue of the solidarity which unites you all...The first plague is that of malignant tumors and every kind of cancer, against which science can do nothing notwithstanding its progress in every field, maladies which spread more and more and strike the human body, devastating it with most painful and malignant wounds. Beloved children, think of the spread of these incurable maladies, throughout every part of the world, and of the millions of deaths which they are bringing about.The first plague is the new malady of AIDS, which strikes above all my poor children who are victims of drugs, of vices and of impure sins against nature.Your heavenly Mother wants to be a help, a support, a comfort and a source of hope for all, in these times when humanity is being stricken by this first plague. For this, I urge you all to walk along the road of fasting, of mortification and of penance....

    My comment is that if the novel coronavirus was engineered with some grafts of HIV into it, well then, this message is for today just as it was for 1989. May God be merciful to the sick, suffering, and dying and may we have the grace to pray and do penance without ceasing.
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  6. February 6
    Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, martyrs

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12
    When the time of David’s death drew near,
    he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:
    “I am going the way of all flesh.
    Take courage and be a man.
    Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his ways
    and observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees
    as they are written in the law of Moses,
    that you may succeed in whatever you do,
    wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfill
    the promise he made on my behalf when he said,
    ‘If your sons so conduct themselves
    that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart
    and with their whole soul,
    you shall always have someone of your line
    on the throne of Israel.’”

    David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David.
    The length of David’s reign over Israel was forty years:
    he reigned seven years in Hebron
    and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

    Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David,
    with his sovereignty firmly established.

    Responsorial 1 Chronicles 29:10, 11ab, 11d-12a, 12bcd
    R. (12b) Lord, you are exalted over all.
    “Blessed may you be, O LORD,
    God of Israel our father,
    from eternity to eternity.”
    R. Lord, you are exalted over all.
    “Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
    majesty, splendor, and glory.”
    R. Lord, you are exalted over all.
    “LORD, you are exalted over all.
    Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
    you are exalted as head over all.
    Riches and honor are from you.”
    R. Lord, you are exalted over all.
    “In your hand are power and might;
    it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.”
    R. Lord, you are exalted over all.

    Alleluia Mk 1:15
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The Kingdom of God is at hand;
    repent and believe in the Gospel.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 6:7-13
    Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
    and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
    He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
    –no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
    They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
    He said to them,
    “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.
    Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
    leave there and shake the dust off your feet
    in testimony against them.”
    So they went off and preached repentance.
    The Twelve drove out many demons,
    and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

    Feast day of Saints Paul Mikki and companions In 1597, forty-five years after Saint Francis Xavier had evangelized Japan, Paul Mikki and twenty-five others were martyred for the Faith after being led to the place of execution near Nagasaki after a journey that was intended to impress the population. A foolish comment made by a Spanish captain was the catalyst for the martrydom of these brave men. The captain had said that the missionaries were paving the way for the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of Japan. Among those martyred were three Japanese Jesuits: Paul Mikki, John Goto, James Kisai; six Franciscans: Peter Baptist, Martin de Aguirre, Francis Blanco, Francis of Saint Michael, Philip de las Casas, and Gonsalo Garcia. The last seventeen martyrs were lay Japanese people including a soldier, altar boys, and a doctor. All were pierced with a lance like our Savior. They are the protomartyrs of the Far East.
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  7. February 6th is also the feast day of Saint Dorothy of Caesarea
    Saint Dorothy of Caesarea lived in the region of Cappadocia, which today is east central Turkey. She lived during the time of Christian persecution by the Roman emperor, Diocletian. Accused of being a Christian, Dorothy was led before the regional governor of Cappadocia named Fabritius. She was questioned about her faith and asked to repudiate her beliefs. She would not. There was a young man named Theophilus witnessed Dorothy's interogation. As Fabritius sentenced Dorothy to death, she fearlessly told the governor that she had no fear of death because she looked forward to entrance into Paradise.
    Theophilus cried out in ridicule, “Going to Paradise, Dorothy? Make sure to send me back some of its fruits and flowers!”
    As Dorothy knelt and awaited the sword, she prayed for Theophilus. There approached a child about four years old holding a basket of three fruits and three roses. Dorothy told him emphatically, “Take these fruits and flowers to Theophilus!”
    The executioner then martyred Dorothy. Meanwhile Theophilus was busy telling his friends about Dorothy’s hearing before the Governor. Laughing loudly, Theophilus’ friends were eager to hear more when the young child interrupted them. He walked straight up to Theophilus and said, “These are the fruits and flowers you asked the holy Dorothy to send you. I have brought them at her request from the garden of her Divine Spouse.” No sooner had the child made his delivery, then he vanished. Theophilus marveled at the gift and wondered where they came from in the middle of winter. He quickly became convinced what Dorothy had spoken about God and the heavenly kingdom was real. The friends he had been laughing with about Dorothy were now trying to dissuade him from believing, but Theophilus was convinced that his gift was divine. So convinced was he, that he became a Christian. Soon Theophilus stood before the Governor and was accused of becoming a Christian. He confessed and died a martyr’s death. Saint Dorothy’s feast day is February 6. Sometimes Saint Dorothy is depicted in art as crowned and holding a basket of fruit and flowers. She is a patron saint for florists, gardeners, and newly wedded couples. Dorothy has been a popular girl's name especially in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in central Europe. I have a bunch of Dorota's in my family tree that lived in Bohemia.
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    padraig New Member

    Lovely story
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  9. February 7
    Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Sir 47:2-11
    Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,
    so was David in Israel.
    He made sport of lions as though they were kids,
    and of bears, like lambs of the flock.
    As a youth he slew the giant
    and wiped out the people’s disgrace,
    When his hand let fly the slingstone
    that crushed the pride of Goliath.
    Since he called upon the Most High God,
    who gave strength to his right arm
    To defeat the skilled warrior
    and raise up the might of his people,
    Therefore the women sang his praises,
    and ascribed to him tens of thousands
    and praised him when they blessed the Lord.
    When he assumed the royal crown, he battled
    and subdued the enemy on every side.
    He destroyed the hostile Philistines
    and shattered their power till our own day.
    With his every deed he offered thanks
    to God Most High, in words of praise.
    With his whole being he loved his Maker
    and daily had his praises sung;
    He set singers before the altar and by their voices
    he made sweet melodies,
    He added beauty to the feasts
    and solemnized the seasons of each year
    So that when the Holy Name was praised,
    before daybreak the sanctuary would resound.
    The LORD forgave him his sins
    and exalted his strength forever;
    He conferred on him the rights of royalty
    and established his throne in Israel.
    Responsorial Psalm 18:31, 47 and 50, 51
    R. (see 47b) Blessed be God my salvation!
    God’s way is unerring,
    the promise of the LORD is fire-tried;
    he is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!
    The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!
    Extolled be God my savior.
    Therefore will I proclaim you, O LORD, among the nations,
    and I will sing praise to your name.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!
    You who gave great victories to your king
    and showed kindness to your anointed,
    to David and his posterity forever.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!

    AlleluiaLk 8:15
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart,
    and yield a harvest through perseverance.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 6:14-29
    King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
    and people were saying,
    “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
    that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
    Others were saying, “He is Elijah”;
    still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”
    But when Herod learned of it, he said,
    “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”

    Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
    on account of Herodias,
    the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
    John had said to Herod,
    “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
    Herodias harbored a grudge against him
    and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
    Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
    and kept him in custody.
    When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
    yet he liked to listen to him.
    Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
    gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
    and the leading men of Galilee.
    His own daughter came in and performed a dance
    that delighted Herod and his guests.
    The king said to the girl,
    “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
    He even swore many things to her,
    “I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
    even to half of my kingdom.”
    She went out and said to her mother,
    “What shall I ask for?”
    Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
    The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
    “I want you to give me at once on a platter
    the head of John the Baptist.”
    The king was deeply distressed,
    but because of his oaths and the guests
    he did not wish to break his word to her.
    So he promptly dispatched an executioner
    with orders to bring back his head.
    He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
    He brought in the head on a platter
    and gave it to the girl.
    The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
    When his disciples heard about it,
    they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

    Feast day of Saint Richard of Lucca, King
    Richard was an English prince of the West Saxons, but the people held him in such great esteem, they acclaimed him King. Not much is known of Saint Richard except he had three children who have been canonized saints and his brother-in-law was Saint Boniface, the apostle of Germany. When Richard was an older man, he undertook a pilgrimage to Rome with his two sons, Saint Willibald, a Benedictine monk from Waltham and Saint Wunibald. As they traveled they performed devotions and penances at various places in France. At Lucca, Italy, Richard fell ill and died in 722 AD. He was buried in St. Fridian's Church in Lucca and his relics are venerated there. After Richard's death, Willibald and Wunibald helped their uncle, Saint Boniface to evangelize the Franks. Richard's daughter, Walburga, became abbess of Heidenheim and ran a school for the children of Frankish nobles. Richard, head of a holy family, please pray that our families may be holy and pleasing to the Lord.
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    Everytime I hear if King David at the moment I think of President Trump. God writes straight in crooked lines. They are so similar in so many ways
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  11. February 8
    Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:4-13
    Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,
    because that was the most renowned high place.
    Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.
    In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
    God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
    Solomon answered:
    “You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,
    because he behaved faithfully toward you,
    with justice and an upright heart;
    and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,
    seating a son of his on his throne.
    O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant,
    king to succeed my father David;
    but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
    I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
    a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
    Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
    to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
    For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

    The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.
    So God said to him: “Because you have asked for this–
    not for a long life for yourself,
    nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies,
    but for understanding so that you may know what is right–
    I do as you requested.
    I give you a heart so wise and understanding
    that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
    and after you there will come no one to equal you.
    In addition, I give you what you have not asked for,
    such riches and glory that among kings there is not your like.”

    Responsorial Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    R. (12b) Lord, teach me your statutes.
    How shall a young man be faultless in his way?
    By keeping to your words.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    With all my heart I seek you;
    let me not stray from your commands.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Within my heart I treasure your promise,
    that I may not sin against you.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    With my lips I declare
    all the ordinances of your mouth.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
    as much as in all riches.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Alleluia Jn 10:27
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
    I know them, and they follow me.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Gospel Mk 6:30-34
    The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
    and reported all they had done and taught.
    He said to them,
    “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
    People were coming and going in great numbers,
    and they had no opportunity even to eat.
    So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
    People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
    They hastened there on foot from all the towns
    and arrived at the place before them.

    When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
    his heart was moved with pity for them,
    for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
    and he began to teach them many things.

    Feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita (ca. 1869 – 8 February 1947)
    Josephine was born in Western Sudan, the daughter of a respected and reasonably prosperous father who was brother of the village chief. She was surrounded by a loving family of three brothers and three sisters; as she says in her autobiography: "I lived a very happy and carefree life, without knowing what suffering (was)". At the age of 7 or 8, she was seized by Arab slave traders who had abducted her sister two years before. She was bought and sold multiple times for the next twelve years. The trauma of this time in her life made her forget the name she received from her parents. She decided to take the name Bakhita which means 'fortunate one' in Islam, as Islam was the religion that had been forced upon her. During her years of slavery, Josephine was beaten multiple times. One cruel owner's son gave her such a blow, that Josephine was unable to walk for a month. In addition to that, a different owner tattooed and scarred Josephine with over 114 scarring tattoo patterns on Josephine's skin. In 1883 Bakhita was bought in Khartoum by the Italian Callisto Legnani, who treated her kindly and did not beat or punish her. Two years later, when Legnani himself had to return to Italy, Bakhita begged to go with him. At the end of 1884 they escaped from besieged Khartoum with a friend, Augusto Michieli. They travelled a risky 650-kilometre (400 mi) trip on camel back to the largest port of Sudan. In March 1885 they left Suakin for Italy and arrived at the port of Genoa in April. They were met there by Augusto Michieli's wife Signora Maria Turina Michieli. Callisto Legnani gave ownership of Bakhita to Turina Michieli. Bakhita's new owners took her to their family villa near Venice. She lived there for three years and became nanny to the Michieli's daughter Alice, known as Mimmina, born in February 1886. The Michielis wanted to live in Sudan and while they were arranging for that, they left their daughter and Josephine in the care of the Canossian Sisters in Venice. There, cared for and instructed by the Sisters, Bakhita encountered Christianity for the first time. Grateful to her teachers, she recalled, "Those holy mothers instructed me with heroic patience and introduced me to that God who from childhood I had felt in my heart without knowing who He was." When the Michielis' came back to Venice to get their daughter and Josephine, Josephine refused to go with them. There was a court battle and in the end, the court decided that Josphine was never a slave in Italy, since slavery is outlawed in Italy. Josephine was now free to determine what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She chose to remain with the Canossians. On 9 January 1890 Bakhita was baptized with the names of Josephine Margaret and Fortunata (which is the Latin translation for the Arabic Bakhita). On the same day she was also confirmed and received Holy Communion from Archbishop Giuseppe Sarto, the future Pope Pius X. On 7 December 1893 Josephine Bakhita entered the novitiate of the Canossian Sisters and on 8 December 1896 she took her vows, welcomed by Cardinal Sarto. In 1902 she was assigned to the Canossian convent at Schio, in the northern Italian province of Vicenza, where she spent the rest of her life. Bakhita died at 8:10 PM on 8 February 1947. For three days her body lay on display while thousands of people arrived to pay their respects. Her remains were transferred to the Church of the Holy Family of the Canossian convent of Schio in 1969.
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  12. February 9
    Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 IS 58:7-10
    Thus says the LORD:
    Share your bread with the hungry,
    shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
    clothe the naked when you see them,
    and do not turn your back on your own.
    Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
    and your wound shall quickly be healed;
    your vindication shall go before you,
    and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
    Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
    you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
    If you remove from your midst
    oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
    if you bestow your bread on the hungry
    and satisfy the afflicted;
    then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
    and the gloom shall become for you like midday.
    Responsorial Psalm PS 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
    R. (4a) The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
    Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious and merciful and just.
    Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
    R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
    He shall never be moved;
    the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
    An evil report he shall not fear;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
    His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear.
    Lavishly he gives to the poor;
    His justice shall endure forever;
    his horn shall be exalted in glory.
    R. The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.
    Reading 2 1 COR 2:1-5
    When I came to you, brothers and sisters,
    proclaiming the mystery of God,
    I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.
    For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you
    except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
    I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,
    and my message and my proclamation
    were not with persuasive words of wisdom,
    but with a demonstration of Spirit and power,
    so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom
    but on the power of God.
    Alleluia JN 8:12
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Gospel MT 5:13-16
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “You are the salt of the earth.
    But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
    It is no longer good for anything
    but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    You are the light of the world.
    A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
    Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
    it is set on a lampstand,
    where it gives light to all in the house.
    Just so, your light must shine before others,
    that they may see your good deeds
    and glorify your heavenly Father.”

    Feast day of Saint Ansbert of Rouen, (629-694)
    Ansbert is a saint from northern France. In the 7th century, he served as a Benedictine monk then an abbot, and ultimately as the archbishop of the city of Rouen.
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  13. February 10
    Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13
    The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,
    the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,
    came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,
    to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant
    from the City of David, which is Zion.
    All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomon
    during the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).
    When all the elders of Israel had arrived,
    the priests took up the ark;
    they carried the ark of the LORD
    and the meeting tent with all the sacred vessels
    that were in the tent.
    (The priests and Levites carried them.)

    King Solomon and the entire community of Israel
    present for the occasion
    sacrificed before the ark sheep and oxen
    too many to number or count.
    The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD
    to its place beneath the wings of the cherubim in the sanctuary,
    the holy of holies of the temple.
    The cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the ark,
    sheltering the ark and its poles from above.
    There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets
    which Moses had put there at Horeb,
    when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel
    at their departure from the land of Egypt.

    When the priests left the holy place,
    the cloud filled the temple of the LORD
    so that the priests could no longer minister because of the cloud,
    since the LORD’s glory had filled the temple of the LORD.
    Then Solomon said, “The LORD intends to dwell in the dark cloud;
    I have truly built you a princely house,
    a dwelling where you may abide forever.”

    Responsorial Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10
    R. (8a) Lord, go up to the place of your rest!
    Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
    Let us enter into his dwelling,
    let us worship at his footstool.
    R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest!
    Advance, O LORD, to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your majesty.
    May your priests be clothed with justice;
    let your faithful ones shout merrily for joy.
    For the sake of David your servant,
    reject not the plea of your anointed.
    R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest!

    Alleluia Mt 4:23
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom
    and cured every disease among the people.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 6:53-56
    After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
    Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
    and tied up there.
    As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
    They scurried about the surrounding country
    and began to bring in the sick on mats
    to wherever they heard he was.
    Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
    they laid the sick in the marketplaces
    and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
    and as many as touched it were healed.

    Feast day of Saint Scholastica, Virgin died 543 AD, twin of St. Benedict patroness of Benedictine nuns, convulsive children and invoked against thunderstorms
    Scholastica, consecrated her life to God from an early age. After her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, Scholastica settled in the neighborhood of Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from Benedict's monastery. It seems that Benedict gave spiritual direction to Scholastica and her nuns. Scholastica visited her brother once a year, and as she was not allowed to enter his monastery, Benedict went in the company of some of his brethren to meet Scholastica at a house some distance away. Benedict and Scholastica conferred together on spiritual matters at these visits spend the day worshiping together and discussing sacred texts and issues. One time they had passed the time as usual in prayer and pious conversation and in the evening when it was time to say goodbye, Scholastica begged her brother to remain until morning. Benedict said no, as he did not want to spend a night away from his monastery to break his own rule. Scholastica had recourse to prayer. Then a fierce thunderstorm burst upon the area so that Benedict and his brothers could not return to their monastery. They spent the night in prayer and spiritual conversations. The next morning they parted. Just a few days after that, Scholastica died. Her brother beheld her soul in the form of a shining white dove in a vision as it ascended to Heaven. He asked his brothers to go to bring Scholastica's body to his monastery to be laid to rest in a tomb he had prepared for himself.
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  14. I took comfort today (Sunday) in the words of the responsorial psalm

    (the Just Man)
    An evil report he shall not fear;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
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  15. February 11
    Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30
    Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD
    in the presence of the whole community of Israel,
    and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,
    he said, “LORD, God of Israel,
    there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;
    you keep your covenant of mercy with your servants
    who are faithful to you with their whole heart.

    “Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?
    If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,
    how much less this temple which I have built!
    Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant, O LORD, my God,
    and listen to the cry of supplication which I, your servant,
    utter before you this day.
    May your eyes watch night and day over this temple,
    the place where you have decreed you shall be honored;
    may you heed the prayer which I, your servant, offer in this place.
    Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel
    which they offer in this place.
    Listen from your heavenly dwelling and grant pardon.”

    Responsorial Psalm 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11
    R. (2) How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    My soul yearns and pines
    for the courts of the LORD.
    My heart and my flesh
    cry out for the living God.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest
    in which she puts her young—
    Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my king and my God!
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    Blessed they who dwell in your house!
    continually they praise you.
    O God, behold our shield,
    and look upon the face of your anointed.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
    I had rather one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
    I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

    Alleluia Ps 119:36, 29b
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
    and favor me with your law.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 7:1-13
    When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
    gathered around Jesus,
    they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
    with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
    (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
    do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
    keeping the tradition of the elders.
    And on coming from the marketplace
    they do not eat without purifying themselves.
    And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
    the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds.)
    So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
    “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
    but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
    He responded,
    “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,
    as it is written:

    This people honors me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me;
    In vain do they worship me,
    teaching as doctrines human precepts.

    You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”
    He went on to say,
    “How well you have set aside the commandment of God
    in order to uphold your tradition!
    For Moses said,
    Honor your father and your mother,
    and Whoever curses father or mother shall die.
    Yet you say,
    ‘If someone says to father or mother,
    “Any support you might have had from me is qorban”’
    (meaning, dedicated to God),
    you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.
    You nullify the word of God
    in favor of your tradition that you have handed on.
    And you do many such things.”

    Feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, World Day of the Sick
    Here is the website for the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes https://www.lourdes-france.org/en
    Our Lady, please comfort the sick and the dying and please pray for us.
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    WBTW, this is a lovely thread you have created.
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  18. My son was home sick from school today and we caught the last part of the Mass televised from Lourdes. The commentator said that 15,000 people were in attendance. Isn't that something?
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  19. February 12
    Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 1 Kgs 10:1-10
    The queen of Sheba, having heard of Solomon’s fame,
    came to test him with subtle questions.
    She arrived in Jerusalem with a very numerous retinue,
    and with camels bearing spices,
    a large amount of gold, and precious stones.
    She came to Solomon and questioned him on every subject
    in which she was interested.
    King Solomon explained everything she asked about,
    and there remained nothing hidden from him
    that he could not explain to her.

    When the queen of Sheba witnessed Solomon’s great wisdom,
    the palace he had built, the food at his table,
    the seating of his ministers, the attendance and garb of his waiters,
    his banquet service,
    and the burnt offerings he offered in the temple of the LORD,
    she was breathless.
    “The report I heard in my country
    about your deeds and your wisdom is true,” she told the king.
    “Though I did not believe the report until I came and saw with my own eyes,
    I have discovered that they were not telling me the half.
    Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report I heard.
    Blessed are your men, blessed these servants of yours,
    who stand before you always and listen to your wisdom.
    Blessed be the LORD, your God,
    whom it has pleased to place you on the throne of Israel.
    In his enduring love for Israel,
    the LORD has made you king to carry out judgment and justice.”
    Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty gold talents,
    a very large quantity of spices, and precious stones.
    Never again did anyone bring such an abundance of spices
    as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

    Responsorial Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
    R. (30a) The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
    Commit to the LORD your way;
    trust in him, and he will act.
    He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
    bright as the noonday shall be your vindication.
    R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
    The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom
    and his tongue utters what is right.
    The law of his God is in his heart,
    and his steps do not falter.
    R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.
    The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
    he is their refuge in time of distress.
    And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.
    R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.

    Alleluia Jn 17:17b, 17a
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Your word, O Lord, is truth:
    consecrate us in the truth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mk 7:14-23
    Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
    “Hear me, all of you, and understand.
    Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
    but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

    When he got home away from the crowd
    his disciples questioned him about the parable.
    He said to them,
    “Are even you likewise without understanding?
    Do you not realize that everything
    that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
    since it enters not the heart but the stomach
    and passes out into the latrine?”
    (Thus he declared all foods clean.)
    “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
    From within the man, from his heart,
    come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
    adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
    licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
    All these evils come from within and they defile.”

    Feast day of the Martyrs of Abitinae (from Wikipedia)
    The martyrs were a group of 49 Christians found guilty, in 304, during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, of having illegally celebrated Sunday Mass at Abitinae, a town in the Roman province of Africa.

    On February 24 of the year before, Diocletian had published his first edict against the Christians, ordering the destruction of Christian scriptures and places of worship across the Empire, and prohibiting Christians from assembling for worship.
    Though Fundanus, the local bishop in Abitinae, obeyed the edict and handed the scriptures of the church over to the authorities, some of the Christians continued to meet with the priest, Saturninus presiding. They were arrested and brought before the local magistrates, who sent them to the capital of the province for trial.
    The trial took place on February 12. One of the group was Dativus, a senator. He was interrogated, declared that he was a Christian and had taken part in the meeting of the Christians, but even under torture at first refused to say who presided over it. During this interrogation, the advocate Fortunatianus, a brother of Victoria, one of the accused, denounced Dativus of having enticed her and other naive young girls to attend the service; but she declared she had gone entirely of her own accord. Interrupting the torture, the proconsul again asked Dativus whether he had taken part in the meeting. Dativus again declared that he had. Then, when asked who was the instigator, he replied: "The priest Saturninus and all of us." He was then taken to prison and died soon after of his wounds.
    The priest Saturninus was then interrogated and held firm even under torture. His example was followed by all the others, both men and women.
    One of the responses of the accused has been frequently quoted. Emeritus, who declared that the Christians had met in his house, was asked why he had violated the emperor's command. He replied: "we cannot live without this thing of the Lord." He was referring to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist that the emperor had declared illegal, but in which they had chosen to participate even at the cost of being tortured and sentenced to death.
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    Yes, it is! I hope he is feeling better. I sure do hope so. I loved seeing the grotto and the people filing by. The Mass was huge, and they had a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Loved it.
    I sometimes tune in to EWTN to pray the rosary along with the people at the grotto.
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