Thursday after Epiphany
St. Raphaela Maria of the Sacred Heart, virgin (†1925). Foundress of the Congregation of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Madrid, Spain. Victim of misunderstandings, she renounced the office of superior and virtuously spent the last 32 years of her life as a simple sister.
St. André Bessette, religious (†1937). Member of theongregation of the Holy Cross, he served as porter at Notre-Dame-des Neiges College in Montreal, Canada. Through his initiative, a world-famous shrine dedicated to St. Joseph was built on an elevation across from the school. In Canada, celebrated as a Memorial in Canada on January 7.
St. Peter Thomas, bishop (†1366). French Carmelite religious. He worked for unity with the Eastern Churches as papal legate and later as Latin Patriarch of Constantinople.
St. Andrew Corsini, bishop (†1373). After a dissolute youth, he became a Carmelite and was elected Bishop of Fiesole (Italy). He governed his diocese with wisdom, aiding the poor and reconciling enemies.
St. John of Ribera, bishop (†1611). Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, for more than forty years. Devotee of the Blessed
Sacrament and defender of Catholic truth, he instructed the people with sound teaching.
St. Charles of Sezze, religious (†1670). After joining the Franciscan Order, he became known for his Eucharistic piety and love of neighbour.
First Reading –1 Jn 4:19–5:4
Beloved, we love God because
he first loved us.
If anyone says, “I love God,”
but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17 (R. cf.11)
O 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.
From fraud and violence he shall redeem them,
and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
May they be prayed for continually;
day by day shall they bless him. R.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. R.
Gospel – Lk 4:14-22
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
and news of him spread throughout the whole region.
He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
And all spoke highly of him
and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.