January 16


Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Pope St. Marcellus – Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome

St. Marcellus I, Pope (†309). St. Damasus called him a true shepherd. He restored ecclesial discipline, built new churches and consecrated new bishops. He died in exile.

St. Melas, bishop (†circa 390). Bishop of Rhinocorura, Egypt, he was condemned to exile under Arian Emperor Valens.

St. Honoratus of Arles, bishop (†429). Founded the famous Abbey of Lerins (France). Elected Bishop of Arles, he died after three years of arduous pastoral work.

Blessed­ Joseph­ Vaz,­ priest (†1711). Indian missionary from the Congregation of the Oratory, in present day Sri Lanka. He translated the Gospel into the Tamil and Sinhalese dialects.

Sts. Berard, Otto and Peter, priests, Accursius and Adjutus, religious (†1226). Protomartyrs of the Franciscan Order. Sent by the founder to evangelize the Saracens of Spain, they were imprisoned, deported to Morocco and beheaded.

St. Leobatius, abbot (†fifth century). He was designated by his master St. Ursus as superior of the monastery of Sennevière in Tours, France.

St. Jane of Bagno di Romagna, virgin (†1105). Camaldolese nun in the monastery of St. Lucy, near Bagno di Romagna, Italy.

Blessed Joana Maria Condesa Lluch, virgin (†1916). Foundress of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Immaculate Conception, Protectress of Workers in Valencia, Spain.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Heb 4:12-16

The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from Him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15 (R. cf. Jn 6,63c)

R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple. R.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye. R.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just. R.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before You,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. R.

Gospel – Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to Him and he taught them.
As He passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While He was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed Him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”


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