Saturday in the 7th Week of Easter
St. Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (†604/605). Benedictine monk sent by Pope St. Gregory the Great, as head of a group of other monks to evangelize England. He was successful in his mission and became the first Bishop of Canterbury. Feast in Great Britain; optional Memorial in the US and Canada.
First Reading – Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem. After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation. This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains.” He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 (R. see 7b)
R.The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
The LORD is in His holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in Heaven.
His eyes behold,
His searching glance is on mankind. R.
The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
the lover of violence He hates.
For the LORD is just, He loves just deeds;
the upright shall see His face. R.
Gospel – Jn 21:20-25
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon His chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray You?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow Me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?” It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
Blesseds Edmund Duke, Richard Hill, John Hogg and Richard Holiday, priests and martyrs †1590). Killed for being Catholic priests during the reign of Elizabeth I of England.
St. Eutropius, bishop (†circa 475). After his wife’s death, he consecrated himself entirely to God, was ordained deacon and later elected Bishop of Orange, France.
St. Bruno of Würzburg, bishop (†1045). He Restored the Cathedral of Würzburg, he reformed the clergy and taught the Sacred Scriptures to the people.
St. Julius of Silistra, martyr (†circa 302). Veteran of the Roman army; he was beheaded in Silistra, present day Bulgaria, for refusing to sacrifice to idols.
St. Gonzaga Gonza, martyr (†1886). Servant of the King of Uganda, run through by the lance of an executioner when he was led in chains to the fire.
St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta, martyr (†1886). Guardian of the treasury of the Royal House of Nakiwubo, Uganda. He died at twenty years of age for having embraced the Catholic Faith.
Sts. Barbara Kim and Barbara Yi, martyrs (†1839). Two laywomen, the former a widow and the latter a virgin of fifteen years of age, who died in prison in Seoul during the persecution in Korea.