February 24

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Saints in Glory – Giotto – Scrovegni Chapel, Padua (Italy)

St. Modestus (Fifth century). Bishop of Treves, Germany.

St. Ethelbert, king (†616). King of Kent, he was the first of the Anglo princes that Bishop St. Augustine of Canterbury converted to the Faith of Christ. His baptism and support of St. Augustine was a decisive factor in the rapid conversion of his subjects.

Blessed­ Constantius Servoli­ de­ Fabriano,­ priest (†1481). Religious in the Dominican convent of Fabriano, Italy; a peacemaker who led an austere life.

Blessed Thomas Mary Fusco, priest (†1891). Inspired by a great love for the poor and sick, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood in Nocera, Italy.

Blessed Mark of Marconi, hermit (†1510). Religious from the Order of Hermits of St. Jerome, in Mantua, Italy, he led a life of study, prayer and mortification.

Blessed Josepha Naval Girbes, virgin (†1893). Lay woman consecrated to God, she dedicated herself to providing religious instruction for children in Algemesí, Spain.

Blessed Ascension of the Heart of Jesus, virgin (†1940). Co-foundress of the Congregation of the Dominican Missionaries of the Holy Rosary in Lima, Peru. She died at age 70 in Pamplona, Spain.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Jon 3:1-10

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.” When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, He repented of the evil that He had threatened to do to them; He did not carry it out.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps  51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19  (R.19b)

R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.  R.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.  R.

For You are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, You would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn.  R.

Gospel – Lk 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

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