Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Justa (d.287)
Saint Justa and her sister, Saint Rufina, earned their living by selling pottery. One day, they received a very large order for pottery from a wealthy customer. The sisters discovered that the pots would be used for pagan rituals, and smashed the wealthy customer's order, refusing to sell any of their wares to him. They were arrested for their faith, and condemned to death. Both Justa and her sister were martyred for their Christianity. Saint Justa and Saint Rufina are the patron saints of potters and of the city of Seville, Spain.
It is easy for us to put up with something that is wrong if we aren't directly partaking in it, especially if we are making money. However, being an enabler to a sinful action is still wrong. Do I ever enable or profit from sinful actions when I have it in my power to stop them?
Dear Lord, please help me to take a stand against sin and injustice, even if it is hard to do. Help me to lead by example, just as Saint Justa did.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading 1: Wis 12:13, 16-19
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Reading II: Rom 8:26-27
Alleluia: Mt 11:25
Gospel: Mt 13:24-43 Or 13:24-30View complete readings on USCCB.org