St. Ursinus, bishop (†third century). First Bishop of Bourges, France. He transformed a house donated by the Senator Leocadius into a church.
Blessed Gabriel Ferretti, priest (†1456). Franciscan religious; he is celebrated for his aid to children and the sick, in obedience and observance of the rule. He died in the Monastery of Ancona, Italy.
Blessed Henry Hlebowicz, priest and martyr (†1941). Professor of the seminary and university of Vilnius, present-day
Lithuania. During the war, he was shot to death out of hatred for the Faith in a forest near Barysaw, Belarus.
Blessed George Napper, priest and martyr (†1610). During the reign of James I of England, he clandestinely exercised his ministry. After being captured, he continued to sustain the souls of the faithful in prison, until his martyrdom.
Blessed Graziano of Cattaro, religioso (†1508).religious (†1508). Sailor from Montenegro, Yugoslavia; touched by the preaching of Simon of Camerino, he became an Augustinian lay brother in Monte Ortone, near Padua.
Blessed Ludovico Morbioli (†1485). He was born into an old family of Bologna, Italy, and at age 29 left the path of vice and became a penitent. He converted many to a pious life by word and example.
First Reading – Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the façade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side. He said to me, “This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 (R.5)
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. R.
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn. R.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things He has wrought on earth. R.
Second Reading – 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters: You are God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
Gospel – Jn 2:13-22
Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves He said,
“Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to Him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But He was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when He was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that He had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.