Sunday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Francis de Sales, bishop and Doctor of the Church. Chateau de Sales in the Kingdom of Savoy near Geneva, Switzerland, in the year 1567. Initially coadjutor Bishop of Annecy, he was appointed Bishop of Geneva during a time of great religious upheaval in Europe. He is the founder of the Visitation order, together with his spiritual daughter, St. Jane Frances de Chantal. A zealous pastor and excellent director of souls, he became known as the saint of sweetness and humility. He wrote various books, the most famous being the Introduction to the Devout Life. Sermon by St. Francis de Sales: The Art of Praying Well.
St. Babylas, bishop and martyr (†250). Put to death in Antioch of Syria, present-day Turkey, during the persecution of Emperor Decius, together with three youths whom he instructed in the Faith.
St. Felician of Foligno, bishop (†third century). He evangelized a vast area of Umbria, Italy, and was the first bishop of that region for fifty-six years.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, priest (†1948). Religious of the Society of St. Paul, he formed many disciples to proclaim the Gospel through social communications media.
Blesseds Vincent Lewoniuk and twelve companions, martyrs (†1874). Laity from Pratulin, Poland; they were shot to death by Russian troops of the Czar for refusing to renounce the Catholic Church.
Blessed Marie Poussepin, virgin (†1744). Dominican tertiary; founded the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in Sainville, France.
Blessed Paola Gambara-Costa, widow (†1515). Franciscan tertiary from Binaco, Italy, she patiently endured abuse from her husband, leading him to conversion.
First Reading – Jon 3:1-5, 10
The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying: “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 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 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.4a)
R. Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior. R.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD. R.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus He shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice
and teaches the humble his way. R.
Second Reading – 1 Cor 7:29-31
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.
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 abandoned 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.