February 20

February 20

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Mass Readings

First Reading – Is 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but shall do My will, achieving the end for which I sent it.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 (R. 18b)

R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol His name.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. R.

Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress He saved him. R.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. R.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress He rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit He saves. R.

Gospel – Mt 6:7-15

Jesus said to His disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. “This is how you are to pray:  Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. “If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Featured Saints

Sts. Francisco, (†1919 Aljustrel – Portugal) and Jacinta Marto (†1920 Lisboa), seers of Our Lady of Fatima, in Portugal. Jacinta, the youngest of the three shepherd children to receive the prophetic message of the Blessed Virgin, died at the age of ten after patiently enduring terrible sufferings, offered for the conversion of sinners. Her brother passed away before her, the death of both children having been foretold by Our Lady.

St. Tyrannio, bishop (†311). He was instructed in the Christian Faith since early youth and became Bishop of Tyre. He received the palm of martyrdom in Antioch, Syria.

St. Eleutherius, bishop (†530). As ishop of Tournai (Belgium), he preached against the Arian heresey and died as a result of injuries sustained when a group of enraged Arians accosted and beat him.

St. Eucherius of Orleans, bishop (circa 738). Exiled from Orleans by Charles Martel, after being calumniated by envious adversaries, he found refuge in the monastery of Saint-Trond, Belgium, where he spent the rest of his life in prayer and contemplation.

St. Leo, bishop (†c. 787). Benedictine religious elected Bishop of Catania, Italy. He dedicated himself to the are of the poor and fought against the iconoclasts.

St. Serapion, martyr (†c. 248). After cruel torture he was thrown to his death from a high window of his house, in Alexandria, Egypt, during the time of Emperor Decius.

Blessed Julia Rodzinska, virgin and martyr (+1945). Polish Dominican, dedicated to the education of orphans and homeless. She was imprisoned during the Nazi invasion and sent to a concentration camp, where she died.

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