Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint John Roberts (1577-1610)
Saint John Roberts was born in Wales in 1575. After studying at Oxford for two years, he left to study law, and joined the Catholic Church after visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While in Paris, John began studying to become a Benedictine priest. After he became a Benedictine priest, John relocated to England and ministered to numerous victims of the plague. It was illegal to minister as a Catholic priest in England at this time, so he was banished. After spending some time in Spain he returned again to England. He did many more good works before he was arrested for being a priest. He was martyred in Tyburn along with Blessed Thomas Somers.
Although our society does not violently persecute Catholics, Saint John Roberts is an example to us of the long tradition of Catholics who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their faith. If you were in a society like that of Saint John Roberts, would you be willing to practice your Catholic faith even if you knew it might be dangerous? Would you fearlessly face death for your beliefs? Many Catholics around the world are still targeted and victimized for their faith.
Pray for the Christians and Catholics throughout the world who are being treated poorly and sometimes violently attacked for their faith. Ask God to help others love them and treat them with compassion.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading I: Rom 8:12-17
Responsorial Psalm: 68:2 And 4, 6-7Ab, 20-21
Alleluia: Jn 17:17B, 17A
Gospel: Lk 13:10-17View complete readings on USCCB.org