February 3

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

São Bras – Museu de Dijon, (França)

St. Blaise, bishop and martyr (†c. 320)  Bishop of Sebaste (present-day Turkey), who became renowned as a miraculous healer during his life. He is revered particularly as a protector against maladies of the throat. On this day, the faithful can receive the Blessing of the Throats through his intercession.

St. Ansgar (†865). Bishop of Hamburg-Bremen who became known as the “Apostle of the North”, being named as the papal legate of Pope Gregory IV to the Scandinavian countries.

Blessed John Nelson, priest and martyr (†1578). Jesuit priest executed at Tyburn for refusing to acknowledge Queen Elizabeth I of England as a spiritual power.

St. Werburga, abbess (†c. 700). She entered the monastery of Ely, England, where she was abbess, later reforming and founding several other monasteries. She is the patroness of the city of Chester, where her relics are venerated.

St. Mary of St. Ignatius Thévenet, virgin (†1837). She founded the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Lyon, France.

Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier, virgin (†1838). Founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary during the
French Revolution.

Blessed Maria Helena Stollenwerk, virgin (†1900). With St. Arnold Janssen, she founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters-Servants of the Holy Spirit in Steyl, Netherlands. After her tenure as superior, she dedicated herself to Perpetual Adoration.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Heb 12:4-7, 11-15

Brothers and sisters: In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children: My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by Him; for whom the Lord loves, He disciplines; He scourges every son He acknowledges.

Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as his sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline? At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through which many may become defiled.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a (R. cf. 17)

R. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear Him.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits. R.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him,
For He knows how we are formed;
He remembers that we are dust. R.

But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity
to eternity toward those who fear Him,
And his justice toward children’s children
among those who keep his covenant. R.

Gospel – Mk 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came He began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard Him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given Him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is He not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at Him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So He was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

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