Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Commentary, by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, EP
First Reading – Wis 18:6-9
The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage. Your people awaited the salvation of the just and the destruction of their foes. For when you punished our adversaries, in this you glorified us whom you had summoned. For in secret the holy children of the good were offering sacrifice and putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 (R.12b)
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine. R.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you. R.
Second Reading – Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or: Heb 11:1-2, 8-12
Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God. By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age —and Sarah herself was sterile— for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore. [ All these died in faith. They did not receive what had been promised but saw it and greeted it from afar and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth, for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.” He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead, and he received Isaac back as a symbol.
Gospel – Lk 12:32-48 or: Lk 12:35-40
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” [Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, the master will put the servant in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”]
This year, the Optional Memorial of St. Sixtus II, Pope, and companions, martyrs (†258 Rome) gives way to Sunday. He was seized during the celebration of the Eucharist in the Catacomb of Callixtus and killed out of hatred for the Faith together with four deacons.
St. Cajetan of Thiene, priest (†1547 Naples – Italy). Optional Memorial. He dedicated himself to works of mercy, especially the care of the incurably ill. Founder of the Order of Thietines Clerics Regular, aimed at the renewal of priestly and religious life.
Blessed Nicholas Postgate, priest and martyr (†1679). Hanged in York, during the reign of Charles II of England, for being a priest.
Blesseds Agathangelus of Vendôme and Cassian of Nantes, priests and martyrs (†1638).Capuchin religious who sought to reconcile Christians separated from the Church in Syria, Egypt and Ethiopia. They were strangled with the cords of their habits by order of the king in Gondar, Ethiopia.
St. Victricius of Rouen, bishop (†c. 410). He was tortured and condemned to death at the time of Emperor Julian, for having deserted the army to follow Christ; he was eventually freed and ordained bishop, and was sent to evangelize near Rouen, France.
St. Donatus, Bishop and martyr (†fourth century). Bishop of Arezzo, he was beheaded by order of Emperor Julian the Apostate, together with whom he had received his religion formation in his youth.
St. Miguel de la Mora, priest and martyr (†1927). Shot to death in Colima, Mexico, during the persecution against the Church. To proclaim his love for Mary he prayed the Rosary while dying.
St. Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro, virgin (†1905). She founded the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of St. Joseph, in Zamora, Spain.
Blessed Jordan Forzatei, abbot (†c.1248). When he took refuge in a Benedictine monastery during the great fire that ravaged Padua, he felt attracted to religious life and remained there.
Blessed Edmund Bojanowski, priest (†1871). Founder of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate Conception, in Poland.
St. Albert of Trapani, priest (†circa 1306). Italian Carmelite priest who, through ardent preaching, obtained the conversion of many Jews to Christianity.