Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed Eustachius van Lieshout SSCC
Blessed Eustachius van Lieshout, priest (†1943). A priest of Dutch origin belonging to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Brazil. He was favoured with the gift of healing and acquired a reputation for sanctity during his life.
St. Margaret Ward, virgin, martyr (+1588). She was arrested during the reign of Elizabeth I for helping a priest escape from prison, but refused under torture to reveal his hiding place or to renounce her faith. She was executed in London.
Blessed Maria Rafols, virgin (†1853). Through many hardships, with wisdom and holy zeal she guided the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Anne, which she had founded in Zaragoza, Spain.
Blessed John Juvenal Ancina, bishop (†1604). Young doctor who entered the Congregation of the Oratory and stood out as a preacher in Naples, Italy; he was named Bishop of Saluzzo.
St. Fiacre, hermit (†c. 670). Native of Ireland, he settled in a solitary place in France where he built a cell and an oratory dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The multitudes that flocked there seeking his aid eventually gave rise to the village of Saint-Fiacre.
St. Bononius, abbot (†1026). He lived a hermetic life in Egypt and on Mount Sinai. Upon returning to Italy, he was appointed abbot of Lucedio.
St. Pammachius (†410). Roman senator and close friend of St. Jerome. As a widower, he devoted himself to a life of piety and works of charity.
Blessed Alfred Ildefonso Schuster, bishop (†1954). Benedictine monk, he was abbot of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, and later Archbishop of Milan.
First Reading – 1 Thes 4:13-18
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 96:1 and 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13 (R.13b)
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens. R.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult. R.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy. R.
Gospel – Lk 4:16-30
Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?”
He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,
‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place
the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”
And he said,
“Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you,
there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.