August 31

Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. They took the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ down from the Cross and wrapped it with spices in linens and placed it in the sepulchre.

St. Aidan, Bishop (†651).  Having been appointed Bishop of Lindisfarne (England), he founded a monastery there to efficaciously carry out the evangelization of the Kingdom of Northumbria.

St. Paulinus of Trier, bishop and martyr (†358). Bishop of Trier, in present-day Germany, he defended St. Athanasius against the Arians in the Synod of Arles, in 353 and was consequently exiled to Phrygia, Turkey, where he was martyred.

St. Aristides, apologist (†c.150). Athenian philosopher who converted to Christianity and renowned for his faith and wisdomhe addressed an Apology on the Christian Faith to Emperor Hadrian.

St. Raymond Nonnatus, religious (†circa 1240). One of the first companions of St. Peter Nolasco in the Order of the Mercedarians, who died on the way to Rome, where he was going to received the cardinal’s biretta.

Blessed Andrea Dotti, priest (†1315). Italian noble; he left the life of the court to join the Servite Order.

Mass Readings

First Reading – 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.13)

R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid? R.

One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple. R.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. R.

Gospel – Lk 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.


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