November 27

November 27

Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

First Reading – Dn 1:1-6, 8-20

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came and laid siege to Jerusalem. The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and some of the vessels of the temple of God; he carried them off to the land of Shinar, and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain, to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal blood and of the nobility, young men without any defect, handsome, intelligent and wise, quick to learn, and prudent in judgment, such as could take their place in the king’s palace; they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans; after three years’ training they were to enter the king’s service. The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table. Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food or wine; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement. Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy of the chief chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king; it is he who allotted your food and drink. If he sees that you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age, you will endanger my life with the king.” Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see.” He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days; after ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table. So the steward continued to take away the food and wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables. To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams. At the end of the time the king had specified for their preparation, the chief chamberlain brought them before Nebuchadnezzar. When the king had spoken with all of them, none was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; and so they entered the king’s service. In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom.

Responsorial Psalm – Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 (R.52b)

R. Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is Your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.” R.

“Blessed are You in the temple of Your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.” R.

“Blessed are You on the throne of Your Kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” R.

“Blessed are You who look into the depths
from Your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” R.

“Blessed are You in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.” R.

Gospel – Lk 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up He saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

Featured Saints

Our Lady of Graces (Miraculous Medal) In the year 1830, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared St. Catherine Labouré, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Paul, asking her to have a medal struck after the model that was shown to her, and promising special graces to those who would wear it with confidence.

St. Maximus, bishop (†455). Founder of the monastery of Lerins, France. Despite his resistance, he was appointed Bishop of Riez, in Provence.

St. Acharius of Noyon, bishop (†circa 640). As a monk of Luxeuil, he was elected Bishop of Noyon (France) and Tournai (Belgium) then a single diocese.

St. Vergilius, bishop (†784). Irish abbot of great learning, he was appointed to direct the Church of Salzburg, Austria, and furthered the evangelization of Carinthia, to the south.

St. Gulstan, monk (†1040). Of Breton origin, he was captured in his youth by pirates who abandoned him, after years of slavery, on the island of Ouessant, France. After St. Felix came to his aid, he entered the monastery of St. Gildas where, despite his illiteracy, learned the psalter by by heart, and sang with great fervour.

Blessed Bernardine of Fossa, priest (†1503). Franciscan religious who propagated the Catholic Faith in many regions of Italy. He was Provincial Superior in Abruzzi, Dalmatia and Bosnia.

Blesseds Thomas Koteda Kiuni and companions, martyrs (†1619). Beheaded in Nagasaki (Japan), by order of the Governor Gonzuku.

Blessed Bronislaw Kostowski, martyr (†1940). Polish seminarian imprisoned during the Second World War; he was tortured and eventually died in Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

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