October 3

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Commentary, by Msgr. João Scognamligio Clá Dias, EP
Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Sts. Andrew de Soveral and Ambrose Francisco Ferro, priests, and 28 lay companions, protomartrys of Brazil († 1645). These two priests were massacred with their parishioners gathered for Mass, by armed natives together with and led by Dutch Calvinists. The number of Catholics mutilated and hacked to death out of hatred for the Faith was in fact close to two hundred, but only 30 of them could be identified.

St. Dionysius the Areopagite, bishop († First century). Converted by St. Paul In the Aeropagus of Athens, he became the first bishop of this city.

St. Maximian, bishop (†c. 410). Bishop of Bagai, present-day Algeria. He repeatedly underwent torture at the hands of heretics, and was thrown from the top of a tower. Left for dead, he nevertheless recuperated and continued his labours for the Catholic Faith.

St. Cyprian of Toulon, bishop (†after 543). Disciple of St. Caesarius of Arles, he defended the true doctrine on grace in a number of councils.

The Two St. Ewalds, priests and martyrs (†695). These two Northumbrian priests of the same name were distinguished as “Ewald the Black” and “Ewald the Fair”. Having set out from England to evangelize in the German region of Westphalia, they were martyred near Dortmund, by local pagans. St. Bede records several wonders associated with their bodies after death.

St. Gerard of Brogne, abbot (†959). Founder of the monastery of Brogne and reformer of the Benedictan abbey of  Saint-Ghislain, Belgium. After instilling monastic discipline in Flanders and eventually becoming the superior of eighteen other abbeys in France, he returned to Broan to end his days as a hermit.

St. Hesychius, monk († Fourth century). A disciple of St. Hilarion and his companion in pilgramage, he died in Maiuma, Palestine.


Mass Readings

First Reading – Gn 2:18-24

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6(R.cf.5)

R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. R.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table. R.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life. R.

May you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel! R.

Second Reading – Heb 2:9-11

Brothers and sisters: He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, ” that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that He, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, He is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

Gospel – Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing Him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”

[ And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to Me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then He embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.]


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