October 20

Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

The Centurion Cornelius at St Peter’s feet – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

St. Vitalis of Salzburg,bishop (†c. 730). Disciple of St. Rupert, travel companion and imitator of his works and vigils, as well as becoming his successor as Bishop and Abbot of the Monastery of St. Peter in Salzburg, Austria.

St. Andrew of Crete, martyr (†767). A monk from Crete who was  incarcerated and killed in Istanbul by the fury of the Byzantine iconoclasts.

St. Cornelius the Centurion. Roman pagan stationed as a Centurion in Caesarea of Palestine. Hearing St. Peter preaching, he received the Holy Spirit and requested Baptism for himself and his entire family.

St. Adeline of Savigny, abbess (†c. 1125). First superior of the monastery of Mortain, France, which she founded with the help of her brother St. Vitalis.

St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin, virgin (†1922). Religious from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts, she dedicated herself to those ailing in body and soul, in a hospital in Treviso, Italy.

Blessed James Strepa, bishop (†1409). Prior of the Franciscan convent of Lviv, Ukraine, appointed Bishop of Halicz.

Blessed James Kern, priest (†1924). Norbertine priest with an extraordinary love of the Eucharist  and of sacrifice. He diligently exercised his pastoral ministry in Vienna, Austria, and died at the age of 27 with severe complications stemming from a wound he had sustained as a soldier during his seminary years, enduring his sufferings with great courage.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Rom 6:12-18

Brothers and sisters: Sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Of course not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were entrusted. Freed from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8 (R. 8a)

R. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Had not the LORD been with us,
let Israel say, had not the LORD been with us–
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive;
When their fury was inflamed against us. R.

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
a prey to their teeth. R.

We were rescued like a bird
from the fowlers’ snare;
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth. R.

Gospel – Lk 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
whom the master will put in charge of his servants
to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him
in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
‘My master is delayed in coming,’
and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
to eat and drink and get drunk,
then that servant’s master will come
on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”


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