Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
“The saints adoring Jesus Resurrected”, by Fra Angelico – Detail of the Fiesole Panel, San Marco Museum, Florence (Italy)
St. John I, Pope and martyr (†526). Optional Memorial. He suffered persecution from the Arian king Theodoric and died in Ravenna shortly after his imprisonment as a result of ill-treatment he received there.
St. Felix of Cantalice, religious (†1587). Capuchin friar; he customarily spent most of the night in prayer. By day he begged for alms in the streets of Rome and cared for the poor and sick.
St. Eric IX, king and martyr (†1161). Upon ascending the throne of Sweden, he won the veneration of his faithful subjects by his ardent charity and zeal for the cause of God. He built churches and sent a bishop, St. Henry, to spread the Gospel in Finland. He was brutally murdered by his enemies, while attending Mass.
Blessed Burchard, priest (†12th century). A parish priest in Beinwil, Switzerland who distinguished himself for his zeal in administering the Sacraments and his ardent charity in caring for the spiritual needs of his parishioners.
Blessed Martin Oprzadek, priest and martyr (†1942). Franciscan Polish priest, who died in a gas chamber in Hartheim, Austria, during the Second World War, for his fidelity to Christ.
Blessed Stanislaus Kubski, priest and martyr (†1942). Was killed in the gas chambers of the concentration camp of Dachau, Germany out of hatred for the Faith.
Blessed Blandina Merten, virgin (†1918). Religious from the Order of St. Ursula, who died in Trier, Germany; she united contemplative life with initiatives to promote the human and Christian formation of youth.
Blessed Gerard Mecatti, hermit (†1245). Following the example of St. Francis of Assisi, he distributed his possessions to the poor and went to live in a hermitage where he devoted himself to receiving pilgrims and helping the sick.
First Reading – Acts 20:17-27
From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.
“But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 (R.33a)
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
Your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, You provided it for the needy. R.
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death. R.
Gospel – Jn 17:1-11a
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
“Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify You,
just as You gave Him authority over all people,
so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave Him.
Now this is eternal life,
that they should know You, the only true God,
and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified You on earth
by accomplishing the work that You gave Me to do.
Now glorify Me, Father, with You,
with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave Me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to Me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave Me is from You,
because the words you gave to Me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from You,
and they have believed that you sent Me.
I pray for them.
I do not pray for the world but for the ones You have given Ye,
because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours
and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world,
but they are in the world, while I am coming to You.”