September 28

Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

         St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs

St. Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs(†1637). Optional memorial.From the Order of St. Dominic, they preached the Christian Faith in the Philippines, Taiwan and in the Japanese Archipelago. These 16 Saints shed their blood for their Faith in Nagasaki, Japan.

St. Wenceslas, martyr († 929). Optional memorial. Duke of Bohemia, his formation in the Catholic Faith was diligently carried out by his grandmother, St. Ludmila. He strove for the Christian formation of his subjects. He was murdered on his way to church by a group of men instigated by his own brother Boleslaus.

St. Leoba, virgin (†c. de 782). Benedictine nun, born to a noble family in Wessex, England, a kinswoman of  St. Boniface. At his request, she travelled to Germany in 748, with St. Thecla and other English religious to collaborate in the evangelization in those lands. She was abbess of the monastery of Tauberbischofsheim.

St. Simon of Rojas, priest (+1624). Trinitarian religious, confessor of Queen Isabella of Bourbon and preceptor of the Infantes of Spain. Amidst the splendour of the Spanish court, he preserved his humility, and showed great mercy to the poor.

St. Eustochium, virgin (†419). From the Roman aristocracy by birth. With her mother, St. Paula, she became a spiritual daughter of St. Jerome, following him to the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, she was dedicated to scriptural work for St. Jerome, assisting him in the translation of the Vulgate.

Blessed Nicetas Budka, bishop and martyr (†1949). Auxiliary bishop of Lviv, of the Ukrainians, he was deported to a concentration camp in Kazakhstan, where he endured hardships with great inner strength, for love of Christ.

Blessed Bernardine of Feltre, priest (†1494). Franciscan religious who promoted the foundation of provident societies to combat usury, which was widespread at the time. He died in Pavia, Italy, at age fifty-five.

Blessed Amalia Abad Casasempere, martyr (†1936). Mother of a family, outstanding for her Catholic militancy, she was imprisoned and killed by militiamen in Benillup (Spain) during the religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Zec 8:20-23

Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”; and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.” Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to implore the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7(R. Zec 8:23)

R. God is with us.
His foundation upon the holy mountains
the LORD loves:
The gates of Zion,
more than any dwelling of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God! R.

I tell of Egypt and Babylon
among those that know the LORD;
Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
“This man was born there.”
And of Zion they shall say:
“One and all were born in her;
And he who has established her
is the Most High LORD.” R.

They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled:
“This man was born there.”
And all shall sing, in their festive dance:
“My home is within you.” R.

Gospel – Lk 9:51-56

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.







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