First Reading – Am 9:11-15
Thus says the LORD: On that day I will raise up the fallen hut of David; I will wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old, That they may conquer what is left of Edom and all the nations that shall bear my name, say I, the LORD, who will do this. Yes, days are coming, says the LORD, When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the vintager, him who sows the seed; The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains, and all the hills shall run with it. I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities, Plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits. I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked From the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.see 9b)
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land. R.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. R.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps. R.
Gospel – Mt 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Blessed Eugenie Joubert, virgin (†1904). Religious of the Congregation of the Holy Family of the Sacred Heart, in Le-Puy-en-Velay, France. She taught catechism to young children and died of tuberculosis in Liege, Belgium.
Blessed Peter of Luxembourg, Bishop (†1387). A Belgian noble, he was appointed bishop at a very young age. A great devotee of the Passion and often favoured with visions of Our Lord Crucified.
St. Swithun, bishop (+862). Bishop of Winchester; according to tradition, he was chaplain of King Egbert of Wessex and tutor of his son, the prince Ethelwulf. Miracles were associated with his relics, but his shrine in Winchester was destroyed during the Reformation.
St. Bernardine Realino, priest (†1616). Italian Jesuit, outstanding preacher, spiritual director, and confessor.
St. Lidanus of Sezze, abbot (†1118). Benedictine monk who founded an abbey in Sezze, Italy.
Sts. Liberatus, abbot, Boniface, deacon, Servus and Rusticus, subdeacons, Rogatus and Septimus, monks, (†484). They were cruelly tortured during the Vandals persecution in Carthage.
St. Monegunda, hermit (†570). With the consent of her spouse, she withdrew to a grotto outside of Tours, France, to lead a hermetic life.
Blesseds John and Peter Becchetti, priests (†circa 1420). Hermit Priests of St. Augustine, belonging to the same family. They died in the monastery of the Order in Fabriano, Italy.