Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
St. Paul Miki and Companions (†1597). Twenty- six martyrs in Nagasaki, Japan. The group was comprised of three Japanese Jesuit catechists –St. Paul Miki among them –, six Spanish Franciscan missionaries, and seventeen Japanese Third Order Franciscans, laymen. They were raised on crosses and then pierced with spears.
Other featured Saints
St. Amand of Elnon, bishop (†circa 679). He was elected bishop after many years of hermetic life. He preached missions around Flanders and along the Danube and died in the monastery which he had founded in Elnon, France.
St. Brinolfo Algotsson, Bishop (†1317). Wise and dedicated prelate of Skara, Sweden.
St. Alphonse Maria Fusco, priest (†1910). He founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist in Angri, italy.
St. Matthew Correa, priest and martyr (†1927). He refused to break the seal of Confession during the persecution of the Church and was shot to death in Durango, Mexico.
St. Vedastus, bishop (†circa 540). By order of St. Remigius he gave Christian instruction to King Clovis. He was Bishop of Arras, France for 40 years and evangelized the pagans of that region.
Blessed Francis Spinelli, priest (†1913). Seminary professor, and spiritual director and advisor for several communities of nuns. With St. Gertrude Comensoli, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. He died in Cremona, Italy.
First Reading – Heb 13:15-17, 20-21
Brothers and sisters: Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.
Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account, that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow, for that would be of no advantage to you.
May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the Blood of the eternal covenant, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May He carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R. 1)
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures He gives me repose.
Beside restful waters He leads me;
He refreshes my soul. R.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage. R.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. R.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come. R.
Gospel – Mk 6:30-34
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and He began to teach them many things.