Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
St. John of Avila – Cathedral of the Virgin del Prado, Ciudad Real (Spain)
St. John of Avila, priest (†1569). Renowned Spanish mystic, friend of St. Ignatius of Loyola and adviser to St. Teresa of Avila.
St. William, priest (†1195). Born in England, he exercised his ministry as a parish priest in Pantoise, France, as a Benedictine hermit; there he stood out for his piety and zeal for the salvation of souls.
St. Comgall, abade (†622). Born in Ulster, Ireland, He founded the renowned monastery of Bangor in the North, which became an important centre of leaning evangelization of the time, where great figures such as St. Columbanus, St. Gall would receive their formation.
St. Job. Commemoration of the admirable man of patience in tribulation, from the land of Hus, whose story is recounted in the Old Testament Book bearing his name.
St. Solange of Bourges, virgin and martyr (†circa ninth century). Born into a family of farmers, near Bourges, France; she died at age sixteen, defending her virginity.
Blessed Nicholas Albergati, bishop (†1443). He organized ecclesiastical discipline in the Diocese of Bologna, Italy, and encouraged the founding of public catechism schools. He carried out important diplomatic missions on behalf of the Holy See.
Blessed Henry Rebuschini, priest (†1938). Priest of the Order of Clerics Regular, Ministers to the Sick; he cared for the sick in hospitals of Verona and Cremona, Italy.
Blessed Ivan Merz, layman (†1928). He worked as a professor in Zagreb, Croatia, serving as a model to youth of a man of Faith and a teacher faithful to Christ.
Blessed Beatrice d’Este, virgin (†1226). From a noble Italian family, she restored an ancient monastery near Padua, founding a community there under the Benedictine rule.
First Reading – Acts 16:11-15
We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We spent some time in that city. On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b (R. see 4a)
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king. R.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and He adorns the lowly with victory. R.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia. R.
Gospel – Jn 15:26—16:4a
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to Me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with Me from the beginning.
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or Me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”