Tuesday of the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time
St. Regina, virgin and martyr (†third century). In Autun, France under the proconsul Olybrius, Regina was denounced for her conversion to the Christian Faith, which she refused to renounce under torture, and was finally put to death.
St. Stephen of Châtillon, bishop (†1208). Carthusian monk, consecrated Bishop of Die (France). He virtuously governed the diocese without neglecting the austerity of monastic life.
St. Clodoald, priest (†560). Of royal lineage, he was raised by his grandmother St. Clotilde after the death of his father and siblings. He renounced his royal dignity to embraced the priesthood; he died in Saint-Cloud, France
Sts. Mark Krizevcanin, Stephen Pongrácz and Melchior Grodziecki, priests and martyrs (†1619). St. Mark was a diocesan priest while the others were Jesuits; they were tortured and killed in Kosice, Slovakia, for refusing to adhere to the Protestant Reformation
Blesseds Ralph Corby and John Duckett, priests and martyrs (†1644). During the Reign of Charles I, in England, they were condemned to death at Tyburn for the “crime” of Catholic priesthood. Ralph was arrested while celebrating Mass, and John while on his way to baptize some children.
Blessed Ignatius Klopotowski, priest (†1931). Priest of the Diocese of Lublin, Poland, and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto.
Blessed Eugenia Picco, virgin (†1921). Religious from the Congregation of the Little Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who served as a teacher, mistress of novices, and finally as superior general. She died of bone tuberculosis in Parma, Italy.
First Reading Col 2:6-15
Brothers and sisters: As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ. For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily, and you share in this fullness in him, who is the head of every principality and power. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not administered by hand, by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ. You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And even when you were dead in transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross; despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by it.
Responsorial Psalm 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11 (R.9)
R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.
I will extol you, O my God and King,
and I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever. R.
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works. R.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might. R.
Gospel Lk 6:12-19
Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called a Zealot,
and Judas the son of James,
and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground.
A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people
from all Judea and Jerusalem
and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon
came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.
Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him
because power came forth from him and healed them all.