Thursday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Final Judgement by Fra Angelico (detail) National Gallery of Art – London, England
Blessed John Dominic, bishop (†1419). Bishop of Ragusa (Croatia), he restored the regular observance in the Dominican monasteries of Italy, and died in Buda, Hungary, where he was sent to combat the heresy of John Huss.
St. Bogumil (†1182). Bishop of Gniezno, Poland, who renounced the Episcopal See to lead an austere hermetic life.
St. Ithamar of Rochester, bishop (†656). A man of considerable learning, he was the first Anglo-Saxon-born priest to be made a Bishop, succeeding St. Paulinus to the see of Rochester.
Blessed Henry of Bolzano, layman (†1315). An uneducated carpenter, he gave all of his possessions to the poor. Despite his weak health, he shared the meagre alms he obtained with the needy and suffered extreme want at the end of his life.
Blessed Edward Poppe, priest (†1924). In his youth, he consecrated himself to the Blessed Virgin as a slave. Ordained a priest in 1916, he was an ardent apostle of the Eucharist and of Our Lady. He died at the age of 34.
Blesseds Thomas Green and Walter Pierson, martyrs (†1537). Carthusian monks who were starved to death in prison during the reign of Henry VIII of England for their fidelity to the Chair of Peter.
Blessed Eustachius Kugler, religious (†1946). Gifted with great virtue and organizing ability, he exercised important functions in the Order of the Hospitallers of St. John of God.
Blessed Diana of Andaló, virgin (†1236). She professed her vows to St. Dominic, and overcoming the opposition of her family, entered the Dominican Monastery of St. Agnes, in Bologna, Italy.
First Reading – 2 Cor 3:15—4:1, 3-6
Brothers and sisters: To this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over the hearts of the children of Israel, but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit. Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. And even though our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.cf.10b)
R. The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for He proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear Him,
glory dwelling in our land. R.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. R.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps. R.
Gospel – Mt 5:20-26
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment,
and whoever says to his brother,
Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”