February 9

February 9

Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

First Reading – Gn 2:18-25

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and He brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, He took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that He had taken from the man. When He brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R. see 1a)

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in His ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. R.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table. R.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life. R.

Gospel – Mk 7:24-30

Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but He could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him. She came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to Him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then He said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Featured Saints

St. Apollonia, virgin and martyr (†250). After undergoing torture, she was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt for refusing to utter blasphemies.

St. Maron, hermit (†c. 423). He lived as a hermit, consecrated to prayer and rigorous penances, on a hilltop near present-day Aleppo, Syria. A famous monastery was built at his graveside, and later a Christian community bearing his name developed at the site.

Sts. Primus and Donatus, deacons and martyrs (†c. 361). Stoned to death by a band of Donatist heretics in Lemellefa, in present-day Algeria, while defending an altar being attacked by them.

St. Miguel Febres Cordero, religious (†1910). Member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, born in Cuenca, Ecuador. He was dedicated to the formation of youth and teachers for almost forty years.

Blessed Leopold of Alpandeire, religious (†1956). Capuchin lay brother, who fulfilled the duties of gardener, doorman, sacristan and almoner. He died in Granada, Spain.

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, virgin (†1824). Augustinian religious who received the stigmata of the Passion of Our Lord. She used her extraordinary gifts to console all who came to her. She died in Dülmen, Germany at age 49.

St. Raynald, bishop (†1222). Camaldolese monk from the bey of Fonte Avellana; he exercised the episcopal ministry in Nocera, Italy, conserving the habits of monastic life.

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