First Reading – Sir 35:1-12
To keep the law is a great oblation, and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering. In works of charity one offers fine flour, and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise. To refrain from evil pleases the LORD, and to avoid injustice is an atonement. Appear not before the LORD empty-handed, for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the precepts. The just one’s offering enriches the altar and rises as a sweet odor before the Most High. The just one’s sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten. In a generous spirit pay homage to the LORD, be not sparing of freewill gifts. With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy. Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means. For the LORD is one who always repays, and He will give back to you sevenfold. But offer no bribes, these He does not accept! Trust not in sacrifice of the fruits of extortionn. For He is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23 (R. 23b)
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim His justice;
for God himself is the judge. R.
“Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you;
God, your God, am I.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before Me always.” R.
“Offer to God praise as your sacrifice
and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies Me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.” R.
Gospel – Mk 10:28-31
Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
St. Joan of Arc, virgin (†1431). After having valiantly fought in defence of her country in answer to God’s call, she was handed over to her enemies, condemned in an iniquitous trial and burned alive. See also: Faith Always Wins the Final Victory
St. Ferdinand III, king (†1252). King of Castile and Leon, he was a wise administrator of his kingdom, promoter of the arts and sciences, and an ardent propagator of the Faith.
St. Luke Kirby, priest and martyr (†1582). After undergoing torture, he was hanged at Tyburn in London, during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Blessed William Scott, priest and martyr (†1612). Born into an Anglican family, he converted to Catholicism and became a Benedictine. He was martyred during the reign of James I of England for exercising his priestly ministry.
St. Joseph Marello, bishop (†1895). Bishop of Acqui, in Piedmont, Italy, founder of the Congregation of the Oblates ofSt. Joseph.
St. Mattias Kalemba, martyr (†1886). Known as Mulumba the Strong, in Kampala, Uganda, he abandoned the Muslim religion, was baptized, renounced the office of judge and dedicated himself to spreading the Faith, for which he was tortured and killed by order of the king, Mwanga.
Sts. Basil and Emilia (†349 and 372). Married couple of outstanding virtue who taught the way of perfection to their ten children, four of whom are honoured as saints: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Macrina and St. Peter of Sebaste.