Friday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Mark of Jerusalem, bishop (†second century). First Bishop of gentile origin to occupy the See of Jerusalem.
St. Albercius, bishop (†third century). Bishop of Hierapolis, in Phrygia. He is said to he travelled to many different regions announcing the Christian Faith.
St. Leothadius of Auch, bishop (†seventh century). While Abbot of Fontenelle, he was elected Bishop of Auch, France.
St. Donatus of Fiesole, bishop (†circa 875). Irish noble who embarked on a pilgrimage in search of perfection. He was elected Bishop of Fiesole (Italy) when he was on his way to Rome.
St. Moderan, bbot (†c. 720). Bishop of Rennes, France, and subsequently abbot of the monastery of Berceto, Italy. He was a model of love of solitude and devotion to holy places.
Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, virgins and martyrs (†851). Daughters of a Muslim father, brought up in the Catholic Religion by their mother. They refused to abandon their Faith in Christ, for which they were decapitated in Huesca, Spain.
Blessed Luís Maria of Our Lady of Mercy, priest and martyr (†1936). Priest from the Order of Discalced Carmelites, he shed his blood for Christ during the religious persecution in Spain.
First Reading – Eph 3:14-21
Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that He may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 (R.5b)
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.R.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. R.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R.
But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear Him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.R.
Gospel – Lk 12:54-59
Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”