July 8

July 8

Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

First Reading – Hos 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22

Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt. On that day, says the LORD, She shall call me “My husband,” and never again “My baal.” I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.8a)

R. The Lord is gracious and merciful.

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable. R.

Generation after generation praises your works
and proclaims your might.
They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty
and tell of your wondrous works. R.

They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds
and declare your greatness.
They publish the fame of your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice. R.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works. R.

Gospel – Mt 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Featured Saints

Sts. Aquila and Priscilla († first century). They welcomed St. Paul into their home and risked their lives to defend him.

St. Kilian, bishop and martyr (+689). Born in Ireland, he went as a missionary to Bavaria, Germany, where he converted the Duke of Würtzburg. He was cruelly murdered by order of the Duke’s wife when she learned that the Saint had warned him of the unlawfulness of their union.

St. Landrada, abbess (†690). Spiritual daughter of St. Lambert and first abbess of the Benedictine monastery of Bilzen, in Belgium.

St. Adrian III, Pope (†885). His short pontificate was marked by efforts to reconcile the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome. He died during a journey, near Modena (Italy).

St. Disibod, hermit (†seventh century). He was joined by several disciples which led him to found a monastery on the banks of the Nahe River in Germany.

Blessed Eugenius III, Pope (†1153). Cistercian monk and disciple of St. Bernard; he was elected Pope after governing the Monastery of Sts. Vincent and Anastasius. As Pope, he strove to continue to practice the austerity of monastic life while tending to the responsibilities of his office.

St. John Wu Wenyin, martyr (†1900). Active catechist and administrator of the property of the small Catholic community of his village, in Vietnam, he was imprisoned and condemned to death amidst a climate of Religious persecution.

Blessed Mancius Araki, martyr (†1626). Layman detained in Omura, Japan, for having provided shelter to a priest, Blessed Francisco Pacheco in his home; he died in prison.

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