march 20, 2017 

solemnity of saint joseph, spouse of the blessed virgin mary

saint of the day

Saint Cuthbert (c.636-687)

Saint Cuthbert was orphaned at a young age, worked as a shepherd, possibly engaged in battle against the Mercians, and became a monk at Melrose Abbey in Scotland. He engaged in missionary work and activities that attracted large crowds. When he received his abbot's permission, Cuthbert traveled to a nearby island to live prayerfully as a hermit. Against his wishes, he was elected bishop. He spent the last few years of his life ministering to the people of his diocese. He is known for numerous healing miracles and had the gift of prophesy. Saint Cuthbert is the patron saint against plague, of sailors, and of shepherds.

Reflection

Saint Cuthbert was called to many different things in his life, eventually becoming a bishop. Even if you feel that you have your life figured out and you are on the correct path, be open to what God is calling you to do. Ask the Lord to help you always listen to his call, and for the strength to tailor your vocation.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I know that you have a special purpose and plan for my life. Help me to live out my vocation, even when I am faced with obstacles that I feel I cannot overcome. Please help me to remember that you are always here to assist me, Lord, and I can do anything with your help and love.

liturgical season information

Lectionary: 543

Place in Year: Lent

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Violet

daily readings

Reading 1: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29

Reading 2: Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Verse Before the Gospel: Psalm 84:5

Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Alternate Gospel: Luke 2:41-51a

View complete readings on USCCB.org
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