Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Faustina Kowalska, virgin, religious (†1938). Optional Memorial. She had an intense mystical life marked by revelations on Divine Mercy, which she dedicated herself to spreading for the good of souls. See also: The “Secretary” of Divine Mercy ; Tell Sinners That I Am Waiting For Them ; and Fragrance Rising to My Throne.
St. Apollinaris, bishop (†c. 520). As head of the diocese of Valence, he fearlessly upheld the authority of the Church to condemn error, and was renowned for his miracles.
St. Froilan, bishop (†905). First a monk and then bishop of Leon (Spain), he toiled particularly in the evangelization of the regions recaptured from the Moors.
St. Placidus, monk († Fourth century). Disciple of St. Benedict from a young age; patron saint of Benedictine novices.
Blessed William Hartley, priest and martyr (†1588). He left England, to be ordained a priest in Chalons, France; he returned to assist St. Edmund Campion in the England mission. Deported by the authorities, he returned to the perilous mission, was captured, and was executed at Shoreditch.
St. Flora, virgin (†1347). Religious of the Hospitaller nuns of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. She dedicated herself to serving the poor and the sick in the Hospital of Beaulieu, France.
Blessed Raymund of Capua, priest (†1399). Dominican priest, spiritual director of St. Catherine of Sienna.
St. Anna Schäffer, virgin (+1925). From Bavaria, Germany, as a young woman she suffered an accident at work in which her legs were severely burned; she never recovered from her injuries, which left her bedridden. Offering her sufferings for the salvation of souls, she led a life of exemplary abnegation and prayer.
USA: Optional Memorial of Blessed Francis Seelos, priest († 1867). (Celebrated October 4 in the General Calendar.)
First Reading – Jon 3:1-10
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.” When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 130:1b-2, 3-4ab, 7-8c (R.3)
R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication. R.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered. R.
Let Israel wait for the LORD,
For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities. R.
Gospel – Lk 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”