October 8

Friday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

St.Reparata – Cathedral of St. Reparata,
                     Nice (France)

Featured Saints

St. Felix, bishop (†fourth century). Ordained by St. Ambrose of Milan, he was the first Bishop of Como, Italy.

St. Hugh, religious (†before 1233). Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He was elected Master of the Commandery of St. John di Prè in Genoa, Italy, and distinguished himself for his charity to the poor.

St. Pelagia,  virgin and martyr (†c. 302). St. John Chrysostom praises this 15-year-old girl who died defending her purity in Antioch, Syria.

St. Reparata, martyr († fourth century). Tortured and killed during the reign of Decius for refusing to sacrifice to idols.

St. Ragenfrida, abbess (†eighth century). She built the monastery of Denain, France, with her own resources and became its first abbess.

Blesseds John Adams, Robert Dibdale and John Lowe, (†1586). priests and martyrs (†1586). Tortured and killed during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Beato Laurentino e companheiros, religiosos e mártires (†1936). Irmãos maristas assassinados por ódio à Fé, na região de Montcada, Espanha.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2

Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation. Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, Into the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day! for near is the day of the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations.

Responsorial Psalm – 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9 (R.9)

R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, Most High. R.

You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
their name you blotted out forever and ever.
The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
in the snare they set, their foot is caught. R.

But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has set up his throne for judgment.
He judges the world with justice;
he governs the peoples with equity. R.

Gospel – Lk 11:15-26

Jesus said to his disciples:

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”







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