June 18

Friday of the11th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Amandus, Bishop of Bordeaux – Church of St. Severinus, Burdeaux (France)

St. Amandus, bishop († fifth century). Bishop of Bordeaux, France. He instructed St. Paulinus of Nola in Christian doctrine and baptized him.

St. Gregory Barbarigo, bishop (†1697). Created cardinal by Alexander VII, he was also Archbishop of Padua, Italy, where he improved the seminary, taught catechism to children, and promoted the moral reform of the clergy.

St. Calogero, hermit (†fifth century). Lived as an anchorite near Sciacca, Italy.

St. Leontius, soldier (†fourth century). He received the palm of martyrdom in Tripoli, Lebanon provoked by the torture he endured in prison.

Sts. Cyriacus and Paula, martyrs († 4th Cen.). Stoned to death in Africa, during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian.

St. Elizabeth of Schönau, virgin (†1164). Abbess of the Benedictine monastery of  Schönau, Germany, she was a model of the oservance of monastic life.

Blessed Osanna Andreasi, virgin (†1505). Dominican religious from Mantua, Italy, who managed to wisely unite contemplation of divine things with labour and the practice of good works.



Mass Readings

First Reading – 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30

Brothers and sisters: Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they children of Israel? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person). I am still more, with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led to sin, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.cf.18b)

R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad. R.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. R.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him. R.

Gospel – Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”


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