Friday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time
Blessed Humbeline, prioress (†1136). Convinced to abandon the pleasures of the world by her brother, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, she entered the monastery of Jully-les-Nonnains, near Troyes, France as a simple nun, with her husband’s permission. She later became prioress of the community.
St. Meletius, bishop (†381). He was exiled several times for defending the precepts from the Council of Nicaea. He died while presiding over the First Ecumenical Council of Constantinople. His holiness merited the praise of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
St. Anthony Kauleas, bishop (†901). Patriarch of Constantinople, he worked to consolidate peace and unity in the Church, unsettled by the Photian schism.
St. Benedict of Aniane, abbot (†821). Educated in the court of Pepin the Short, he became a monk under the Benedictine rule and promoted the restoration of monastic observance throughout France and Germany
St. Saturninus and companions, martyrs. Known as the Martyrs of Abitinae, a town in Northern Africa, under Roman rule. They were imprisoned, tortured and killed in 304 during the persecution of Diocletian.
St. Ludan, pilgrim (†1202). Native of Scotland, the son of Prince Hildebold, he cared for the sick and built hospitals and orphanages. He died in Northeim, Germany, while on pilgrimage to the Basilicas of the Apostles.
Blesseds Thomas Hemerford, James Fenn, John Nutter, John Munden and George Haydock, priests and martyrs (†1584). Disemboweled alive at Tyburn, London, during the reign of Elizabeth I.
First Reading – Gn 3:1-8
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the LORD God had made. The serpent asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?” The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. When they heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R. cf.1a)
R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
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.
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.
For this shall every faithful man pray to You
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him. R.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom You will ring me round. R.
Gospel – Mk 7:31-37
Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged Him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then He looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more He ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”