January 31

Sunday of the 4th Week of Ordinary Time

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

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. John Bosco, priest. Born in Castelnuovo d’Asti on August 16 of 1815 and received a solid Christian formation from his mother. He dedicated his priestly life to the formation of youth, founding two congregations for this purpose: the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesian Fathers) and, together with St. Maria Mazzarello, the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. He was a prolific writer of catechetical and apologetic works. His “Catholic Readings” spread throughout Italy. See: Incomparable Model and Master.

St. Abraham, bishop and martyr (†345). Bishop of Arbela (Assyria), he was beheaded for refusing to obey the king’s order to adore the sun.

St. Francis Xavier Maria Bianchi, priest (†1815). Barnabite priest, proclaimed Apostle of Naples by Pope Leo XIII. He combined academic life with contemplation and works of charity.

St. Eusebius, religious (†884). Irish monk from the Benedictine Monastery of St. Gall, in Switzerland; he withdrew to Mount St. Victor in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he lived as a hermit for thirty years.

St. Metranus, martyr (†c. 249). For refusing to utter impious words, he was tortured and stoned by pagans in Alexandria, Egypt.

St. Marcella, widow (†410). St. Jerome attests of this Roman lady that, after despising her wealth and honours, she became even nobler through poverty and humility.

Blessed Candelaria of St. Joseph, virgin (†1940). She founded the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of Mother Candelaria in Altagracia de Orituco, Venezuela.

Blessed Louisa Albertoni, widow (†1533). After the death of her husband, she became a Franciscan tertiary and dedicated herself to works of charity, ministering to the poor in her own mansion.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Dt 18:15-20

Moses spoke to all the people, saying: “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God, nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’ And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I  command him. Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.’”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 (R.8)

R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to Him. R.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For He is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock He guides. R.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted Me;
they tested Me though they had seen my works.” R.

Second Reading – 1 Cor 7:32-35

Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.

Gospel – Mk 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey Him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

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