October 29

Friday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

St. Narcissus – Diocesan Museum of Ibiza (Spain)

Featured Saints

St. Narcissus, bishop (†circa 222). He was elected Bishop of Jerusalem at 100 years of age, and held that office as a model of patience and faith until his death at 116.

St. Honoratus of Vercelli, bishop (†415). Disciple of St. Eusebius, he accompanied him in exile. He was ordained bishop by St. Ambrose, whom he assisted at the hour of his death.

St. Zenobius, priest and martyr († fourth century). Also a physician, he was killed for his faith in Sidon, Lebanon, while exhorting his companions to give their lives for Christ.

St. Theodarius, abbot (†cerca de 575). Monk from the region of Vienne,
France, he was appointed “intercessor before God” by his bishop, and major penitentiary for the entire diocese

St. Abraham, anchorite (†366). Born into a wealthy family of Edessa, Syria, he became a hermit in small cell.  The bishop ordained him a priest and sent him to evangelize the region, but he soon returned to live as a hermit.

Blessed Cajetan Errico,  priest (†1860). Endowed with the supernatural gifts of bilocation, ecstasies and reading of souls, he founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Naples, Italy.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Rom 9:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are children of Israel;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you. R.

He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word! R.

He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia. R.

Gospel – Lk 14:1-6

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.


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