Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church (+450). Optional Memorial.
St. Leopold Mandić, priest (†1942). Capuchin religious who dedicated most of his life to administering the Sacrament of Confession in Padua, Italy.
Blessed Zózimo Izquierdo Gil, priest and martyr (†1936). Arrested during the Spanish Civil War; while incarcerated he heard the confessions of prisoners and prayed the Rosary with them.
Sts. Maxima, Donatilla and Secunda, virgins and martyrs (†304). Put to death in present day Tunisia during the persecutions of Valerian and Gallienus, for refusing to burn incense before idols.
St. Mary of the Sacramental Jesus Venegas da Torre, virgin (†1959). Mexican nun and foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She spent 54 years caring for the poor sick in a small infirmary.
Blessed Mannes de Guzman, priest (†c. 1235). Brother of St. Dominic and his collaborator in the expansion of the Order of Preachers. He died in Spain.
Blessed Maria Vicenta of St. Dorothy Chávez Orozco, virgin (†1949). Founded the Institute of the Servants of the Blessed Trinity and the Poor in Guadalajara, Mexico.
First Reading – Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37
The LORD said to Moses, “These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrate at their proper time with a sacred assembly. The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month, at the evening twilight. The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD’s feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assembly and do no sort of work. On each of the seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD. Then on the seventh day you shall again hold a sacred assembly and do no sort of work.”The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the children of Israel and tell them: When you come into the land which I am giving you, and reap your harvest, you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest, who shall wave the sheaf before the LORD that it may be acceptable for you. On the day after the sabbath the priest shall do this.“Beginning with the day after the sabbath, the day on which you bring the wave-offering sheaf, you shall count seven full weeks, and then on the day after the seventh week, the fiftieth day, you shall present the new cereal offering to the LORD.“The tenth of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement, when you shall hold a sacred assembly and mortify yourselves and offer an oblation to the LORD.“The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the LORD’s feast of Booths, which shall continue for seven days. On the first day there shall be a sacred assembly, and you shall do no sort of work. For seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD, and on the eighth day you shall again hold a sacred assembly and offer an oblation to the LORD. On that solemn closing you shall do no sort of work.“These, therefore, are the festivals of the LORD on which you shall proclaim a sacred assembly, and offer as an oblation to the LORD burnt offerings and cereal offerings, sacrifices and libations, as prescribed for each day.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11ab (R.2a)
R. Sing with joy to God our help..
Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the lyre.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast. R.
For it is a statute in Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob,
Who made it a decree for Joseph
when he came forth from the land of Egypt. R.
There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt. R.
Gospel – Mt 13:54-58
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue.
They were astonished and said,
“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds?
Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary
and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us?
Where did this man get all this?”
And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith.