Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Joseph Cafasso – Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin – Italy
St. Joseph Cafasso, priest (†1860). Close friend of St. John Bosco; he dedicated himself to the formation of seminarians and providing spiritual aid to prisoners and those condemned to death in Turin, Italy.
St. Bilius, Bishop and martyr (†c. 914). According to tradition, he was killed by the Normans when they sacked the city of Vannes, France.
St. Thomas Garnet, priest and martyr (†1608). English Jesuit, executed during the reign of James I of England.
St. Ethelreda (Audrey), abbess (+679). Formerly queen consort of Northumbria, she was finally able to embrace the religious state and founded the abbey of Ely cathedral. She was the most venerated of the women saints of Anglo-Saxon England.
Blessed Peter James of Pesaro, religious (†1496). At a very young age he entered the Order of Saint Augustine. He was appointed director of students for the Augustinians in Italy.
Blessed Maria Raffaella Cimatti, virgin (†1945). Religious from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, dedicated to the care of the sick and the poor. She showed heroic charity in aiding wounded soldiers in the Second World War.
Blessed Marie d’Oignies, widow (†1213). While young, with the consent of her husband, she renounced the world and dedicated herself to works of mercy. She founded and governed the Institute of Beguines.
St. Joseph Cafasso – Consolata Church, Turin – Italy
First Reading – Gn 15:1-12, 17-18
The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?” Abram continued, “See, you have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir.” Then the word of the LORD came to him: “No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir.” He took him outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.” Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.He then said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.” “O Lord GOD,” he asked, “how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He answered him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” Abram brought him all these, split them in two, and placed each half opposite the other; but the birds he did not cut up. Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram stayed with them. As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram, and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him. When the sun had set and it was dark, there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch, which passed between those pieces. It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.8a)
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds. R.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve Him constantly. R.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail. R.
He remembers forever his covenant
which He made binding for a thousand generations
Which He entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac. R.
Gospel – Mt 7:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them.”