February 20

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Francisco Marto – detail of photograph taken after the vision of hell.

Sts. Francisco, (†1919 Aljustrel – Portugal) and Jacinta Marto (†1920 Lisboa), seers of Fatima. Jacinta, the youngest of the three children to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared six times in Fatima, Portugal, died at the age of ten after patiently enduring terrible sufferings, offered for the conversion of sinners. Her brother, Francisco, died before her.

St. Tyrannio, bishop (†311). He was instructed in the Christian Faith since early youth and became Bishop of Tyre. He received the palm of martyrdom in Antioch, Syria.

St. Eleutherius, bishop (†530). As ishop of Tournai (Belgium), he preached against the Arian heresey and died as a result of injuries sustained when a group of enraged Arians accosted and beat him.

St. Eucherius of Orleans, bishop (circa 738). Exiled from Orleans by Charles Martel, after being calumniated by envious adversaries, he found refuge in the monastery of Saint-Trond, Belgium, where he spent the rest of his life in prayer and contemplation.

St. Leo, bishop (†c. 787). Benedictine religious elected Bishop of Catania, Italy. He dedicated himself to the are of the poor and fought against the iconoclasts.

St. Serapion, martyr (†c. 248). After cruel torture he was thrown to his death from a high window of his house, in Alexandria, Egypt, during the time of Emperor Decius.

Blessed Julia Rodzinska, virgin and martyr (+1945). Polish Dominican, dedicated to the education of orphans and homeless. She was imprisoned during the Nazi invasion and sent to a concentration camp, where she died.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Is 58:9b-14

Thus says the LORD: 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. Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails. The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up. “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,“restorer of ruined homesteads.”

If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight, and the LORD’s holy day honorable; if you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice Then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.11a)

R. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

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.

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.

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.

Gospel – Lk 5:27-32

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow Me.”
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed Him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for Him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors
and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

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