Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Maurice and companions, martyrs, (third century). St. Maurice commanded the Roman Theban Legion, which was made up of Christians. Ordered to sacrifice to idos, they refused, and were killed by the sword.
St. Silvanus of Levroux, French hermit, (fifth century).
St. Salaberga, abbess (c.664). As a child, she was cured of blindness by St. Columban, who led her to the service of God. She was abbess of the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Laon (France).
St. Emmeram of Regensburg, bishop (†690).
St. Ignatius of Santhià (Vercelli), priest (†1770). ). Italian Capuchin, he was as untiring in the confessional as he was in serving the poor and sick.
Blessed Otto, Bispo (†1158). A Cistercian monk, he never relinquished his religious habit, even after being appointed Bishop of Freising, Germany. He adopted the Gregorian reform.
Blessed Joseph Marchandon, priest and martyr (†1794). Pastor of Marsac, France, he was imprisoned during the French Revolution in a galley in Rochefort, where he fell ill and died of starvation.
Blessed Maria de la Purifición Vidal Pastor, virgin and martyr (†1936). A fervent Catholic, she was outstanding for her care of the sick, as well as for her participation in religious ceremonies. During the Spanish Civil War, she was arrested and killed along a highway in Valencia, and buried while still agonizing.
St. Ignatius of Santhià – Capuchin Monsastery (Italy)
First Reading – Pr 21,1-6.10-13
At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness, and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees, stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God. I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads and our guilt reaches up to heaven. From the time of our fathers even to this day great has been our guilt, and for our wicked deeds we have been delivered up, we and our kings and our priests, to the will of the kings of foreign lands, to the sword, to captivity, to pillage, and to disgrace, as is the case today. “And now, but a short time ago, mercy came to us from the LORD, our God, who left us a remnant and gave us a stake in his holy place; thus our God has brightened our eyes and given us relief in our servitude. For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us; rather, he has turned the good will of the kings of Persia toward us. Thus he has given us new life to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins, and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem.”
Responsorial Psalm – Tobit 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8 (R.1b)
R.Blessed be God, who lives for ever.
He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand. R.
Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there. R.
So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages. R.
In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation. R.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise. R.
Gospel – Lk 9:1-6
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.