February 7

Sunday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time

Gospel Commentary, by Msgr. João Scognamligio Clá Dias, EP

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Blessed Pius IX, Pope (†1878). He proclaimed the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Papal Infallibility. He mentored religious Congregations and convoked the First Vatican Council. See also: Grandeur and Fruits of the Holy Mass.

St. John Lantrua of Triora, priest and martyr (†1816). Franciscan religious who, after serving as professor of philosophy and theology in Italy, was sent to minister in China; he was martyred in Changsha.

St. Giles (Egidio) Mary of St. Joseph, religious (†1812). He exercised the functions of cook, porter and mendicant in the Franciscan monastery of Naples. He often assisted the dying, preparing them to receive the last Sacraments.

St. Richard, layman (†c. 720). Father of Sts. Willibald, Winnebald and Walburga, he died at Lucca, Italy, while on pilgrimage with his two sons from England to Rome.

Blesseds Anselm Polanco, Bishop, and Philip Ripoll, priest, martyrs (†1939). Shot to death in Pont de Molins, near Gerona, during the religious persecution perpetrated during Spanish Civil War.

Blessed Rizzerio, priest (†1236). Hearing a sermon of St. Francis of Assisi while a student at the University of Bologna, he joined the group of his disciples. Later, troubled by fear for his eternal salvation, he had recourse to his Founder who, making the Sign of the Cross, delivered him permanently from this disquietude.

Blessed Peter Verhun, priest and martyr (†1957). Ukrainian priest who died in the prison camp of Angarsk, in Siberia, Russia, for his fidelity to the Catholic Faith.

Blessed Rosalie Rendu, virgin (†1856). Religious from the Daughters of Charity, she worked in the poorest suburb of Paris, visiting the homes of the neediest. She inspired many wealthy youths to practice charity.

Blessed Mary of Providence Smet, virgin (†1871). She made a private vow of chastity and was dedicated to apostolate in parishes in Lille, France. She later founded the Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls, in Paris.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Jb 7:1-4, 6-7

Job spoke, saying: Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me. If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?” Then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6(R. cf.3a)

R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for He is gracious;
it is fitting to praise Him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel He gathers. R.

He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
He calls each by name. R.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked He casts to the ground. R.

Second Reading – 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters: If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me,and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.

Gospel – Mk 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told Him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to Him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and He drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew Him.

Rising very early before dawn, He left
and went off to a deserted place, where He prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued Him
and on finding Him said, “Everyone is looking for You.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So He went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

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