Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Francis Borgia (1510-1572)
Saint Francis Borgia was born into a noble family in Spain. He became a duke and lived happily with his wife and their eight children. Unlike many nobles in Spain at the time, Francis was a true man of God, practicing his faith. He gave up his dukedom when his wife died, and became a Jesuit priest. Francis's superior tested him, making him cook, carry firewood, and clean the kitchen. It was also his job to serve meals to his fellow priests, and his superior made him kneel down in front of everyone and beseech them to forgive him for his clumsy ways. He never complained about this treatment, but he did complain if anyone treated him with the respect that was once given to him as a duke. Francis helped to spread the Society of Jesus in Spain and Portugal. He was given the opportunity to become the superior general of the Jesuits, and sent missionaries around the world to spread the Good News. Francis remained extremely humble, even though he accomplished so much. He is the patron saint of Portugal and against earthquakes.
Do you remain humble and patient when you are treated poorly by others? Do you complain about the way that you are treated, or do you show Christian love in every task that you do, no matter how menial or small? On the flip side, do you remain humble after you have achieved something really great, or do you brag and show off to others?
Jesus, my Lord, help me to know the gifts I have and to use them for the good of others in a humble manner. Never let me take a holier-than-thou attitude; let me have a humble respect for all people. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading I: Wis 7:7-11
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Reading II: Heb 4:12-13
Alleluia: Mt 5:3
Gospel: Mk 10:17-30 Or 10:17-27View complete readings on USCCB.org