June 16

Wednesday of the11th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Santa Lutgarda, por Francisco de Goya – Valladolid (Espanha)

Santa Lutgarda, virgem (†1246). Religiosa favorecida por aparições do Sagrado Coração. Ofereceu sua vida pela conversão dos albigenses e dos pecadores.

Santo Aureliano, Bispo (†551). Bispo de Arles e Vigário do Papa Virgílio para a Gália, fundou um mosteiro masculino e outro feminino na sua diocese, dando-lhes uma regra por ele redigida.

São Cecardo, Bispo e mártir (†860). Bispo de Luni e Sarzana, assassinado por obreiros das pedreiras de mármore em Carrara, Itália.

Santa Julieta e São Quírico, mártires (†s. inc.). Jovem viúva martirizada junto com seu filho, ainda criança, durante a perseguição de Diocleciano, em Tarso (atual Turquia).

Beato Antônio Constante Auriel, presbítero e mártir (†1794). Negando-se a assinar a Constituição Civil o Clero, durante a Revolução Francesa, foi encarcerado numa sórdida galera onde morreu prestando assistência aos seus companheiros de prisão.

Beato Tomás Reding, mártir (†1537). Monge da Cartuxa de Londres que, durante o reinado de Henrique VIII, foi amarrado com correntes numa prisão imunda, na qual morreu de fome e doença.

Beata Maria Teresa Scherer, virgem (†1888). Primeira Superiora Geral da Congregação de Irmãs da Caridade da Santa Cruz, fundada em Ingenbohl, Suíça, para assistência aos enfermos, São Carlos Lwanga e companheiros mártires pobres e necessitados.

 

Mass Readings

First Reading – 2 Cor 9:6-11

Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 9 (R.1b)

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed. R.  

Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just. R.  

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory. R.

Gospel – Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,
and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”







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