June 23

June 23

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Mass Readings

First Reading – Jb 38:1, 8-11

The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said: Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? When I set limits for it and fastened the bar of its door, and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled!

Responsorial Psalm – 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 (R.1b)

R. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
R. Alleluia.

They who sailed the sea in ships,
trading on the deep waters,
These saw the works of the LORD
and his wonders in the abyss. R.

His command raised up a storm wind
which tossed its waves on high.
They mounted up to heaven; they sank to the depths;
their hearts melted away in their plight. R.

They cried to the LORD in their distress;
from their straits he rescued them,
He hushed the storm to a gentle breeze,
and the billows of the sea were stilled. R.

They rejoiced that they were calmed,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his kindness
and his wondrous deeds to the children of men. R.

Second Reading – 2 Cor 5:14-17

Brothers and sisters: The love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.

Gospel – Mk 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Featured Saints

St. Joseph Cafasso, priest (†1860). Close friend of St. John Bosco; he dedicated himself to the formation of seminarians and providing spiritual aid to prisoners and those condemned to death in Turin, Italy.

St. Bilius, Bishop and martyr (†c. 914). According to tradition, he was killed by the Normans when they sacked the city of Vannes, France.

St. Thomas Garnet, priest and martyr (†1608). English Jesuit, executed during the reign of James I of England.

St. Ethelreda (Audrey), abbess (+679). Formerly queen consort of Northumbria, she was finally able to embrace the religious state and founded the abbey of Ely cathedral. She was the most venerated of the women saints of Anglo-Saxon England.

Blessed Peter James of Pesaro, religious (†1496). At a very young age he entered the Order of Saint Augustine. He was appointed director of students for the Augustinians in Italy.

Blessed Maria Raffaella Cimatti, virgin (†1945). Religious from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, dedicated to the care of the sick and the poor. She showed heroic charity in aiding wounded soldiers in the Second World War.

Blessed Marie d’Oignies, widow (†1213). While young, with the consent of her husband, she renounced the world and dedicated herself to works of mercy. She founded and governed the Institute of Beguines.

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