Monday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time
St. Melchiades (Miltiades), Pope (†314). He received the Lateran Palace from Emperor Constantine and established it as the papal residence. He fought against Donatism and strove to establish concord.
St. Gregory of Nyssa, bishop (†a. 400). Brother of St. Basil the Great and St. Macrina. Under the influence of St. Gregory Nazianzen he embraced divine service and was chosen Bishop of Nyssa, in present-day Turkey.
St. John of Jerusalem, bishop (†417). At a time of controversy concerning true doctrine, in the city of Jerusalem, he laboured zealously for the Catholic Faith and for peace in the Church.
St. Peter Orseolo, monk (†c.987/988). After serving as Doge of Venice, he retired to a hermitage near the Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, France.
St. Paul of Thebes, hermit (†fourth century). He took refuge in a desert to flee the edict of Decius, which ordered the apostasy of every Catholic; he is the first hermit.
Blessed Gregory X, Pope (†1276). Worked tirelessly to restore Church unity and settle disputes between Christian princes and convoked the 2nd council of Lyon to recuperate the Holy Land.
Blessed Gonzalo de Amarante, priest (†c. 1259). Priest from Braga, Portugal, who after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, became a Dominican and finally withdrew to a hermitage.
Blessed Anna of the Angels Monteagudo, virgin (†1686). Dominican religious born in Peru; she had the gifts of prophecy and counsel.
First Reading – 1 Sm 1:1-8
There was a certain man from Ramathaim, Elkanah by name,
a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim.
He was the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu,
son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
He had two wives, one named Hannah, the other Peninnah;
Peninnah had children, but Hannah was childless.
This man regularly went on pilgrimage from his city
to worship the LORD of hosts and to sacrifice to him at Shiloh,
where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas,
were ministering as priests of the LORD.
When the day came for Elkanah to offer sacrifice,
he used to give a portion each to his wife Peninnah
and to all her sons and daughters,
but a double portion to Hannah because he loved her,
though the LORD had made her barren.
Her rival, to upset her, turned it into a constant reproach to her
that the LORD had left her barren.
This went on year after year;
each time they made their pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the LORD,
Peninnah would approach her,
and Hannah would weep and refuse to eat.
Her husband Elkanah used to ask her:
“Hannah, why do you weep, and why do you refuse to eat?
Why do you grieve?
Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19 (R.17a)
R. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD. R.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds. R.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. R.
Gospel – Mk 1:14-20
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.