Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Serapion, religious and martyr (†1240). Leaving a military career, he became a Mercedarian religious dedicated to the liberation of Christian prisoners. He was crucified and quartered in Algeria, Northern Africa.
St. Rufus, bishop (fourth century). First head of the Catholic community of Avignon, France.
St. Lawrence O’Toole, bishop (†1180). Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland; he reformed ecclesiastical discipline and dedicated himself to establishing peace between princes.
St. Stephen Theodore Cuénot, bishop and martyr (†1861). He suffered martyrdom in Vietnam, after twenty-five years of apostolic labour there.
Sts. Nicholas Tavelic, Deodato Aribert, Stephen of Cuneo and Peter of Narbona, priests and martyrs (†1391). Franciscan friars burned alive by the Saracens in Jerusalem, where they preached Christianity.
St. Siard, abbot (†1230). Premonstratensian Abbot of Mariëngaarde in Holland, outstanding in observance to the rule and generosity toward the poor.
Blessed John Liccio, priest (†1511). Dominican religious, he stood out for his tireless charity toward neighbour, dedication in preaching the Holy Rosary and the observance of the Rule. He died in Caccamo, Italy, at 111 years of age.
Blessed Maria Teresa of Jesus, virgin (†1889). She founded the Institute of the Sisters of Our Lady of Carmel in Montevarchi, Italy.
First Reading – Dn 12:1-3
In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
“At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.
“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;
some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 (R. 1)
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. R.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever. R.
Second Reading – Heb 10:11-14, 18
Brothers and sisters:
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering
he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.
Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer offering for sin.
Gospel – Mk 13:24-32
Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
“Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.
“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”