Tuesday after Epiphany
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, widow and religious (†1821). Memorial in the USA. First native-born American to become a canonized saint. Born and raised in a Protestant family in New York, She converted to the Catholic Faith after becoming a widow and founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph in Maryland,dedicated to running orphanages and schools.
St. Rigobert, bishop (†c. 743). Expelled from the Episcopal See of Rheims, France, by Charles Martel, Duke and Prince of the Franks.
Blessed Manuel González García, bishop (†1940). Known as The Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles, he spread devotion to the Eucharist in the dioceses of Malaga and Palencia, Spain. He founded the Congregation of the Eucharistic Missionary Sisters of Nazareth.
St. Pharaildis, widow (†c. 745). Born to a noble family of Ghent, Belgium. She patiently suffered abuse from her husband and, during her widowhood, she dedicated herself, until old age, to an austere life of prayer.
St. Angela of Foligno, widow (†1309). Mystic and contemplative who, after the death of her husband and children, gave herself entirely to God in the Franciscan Third Order.
Blessed Thomas Plumtree, priest and martyr (†1570). Executed for his Faith in Durham during the reign of Elizabeth I of England.
Blessed Christina Menabuoi, religious (†1310). Foundress of the Augustinian convent of Santa Maria Novella in Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy
First Reading – 1 Jn 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8 (R.11)
God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment. R.
The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
and the hills justice.
He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
save the children of the poor. R.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth. R.
Gospel – Mt Mk 6:34-44
When Jesus 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.
By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already very late.
Dismiss them so that they can go
to the surrounding farms and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.”
He said to them in reply,
“Give them some food yourselves.”
But they said to him,
“Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food
and give it to them to eat?”
He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
And when they had found out they said,
“Five loaves and two fish.”
So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.
The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven,
he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples
to set before the people;
he also divided the two fish among them all.
They all ate and were satisfied.
And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments
and what was left of the fish.
Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.