Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Laurence O'Toole (1128-1180)
Saint Laurence O'Toole was born in the year 1128 in Ireland. At the age of 10 he became the hostage of one of his father's enemies and brought to the king of Leinster, who mistreated him. After two years of detention, he was delivered to the bishop of Glendalough. Laurence grew in virtue, and became abbot of the monastery at only 25 years old. He fulfilled his duties with prudence and virtue. Saint Laurence acted as a negotiator and peacemaker in dealings with King Henry II of England. Saint Laurence O'Toole died in 1180 of natural causes. He was canonized in 1225, and is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland.
Even when we are in a terrible situation, with God's love and power something positive can come out of it. At only 10 years old, Saint Lawrence O'Toole became a captive of his father's enemies, was transported far away from home, and mistreated. However, he was soon brought to the bishop of Glendalough, where he grew in virtue and began his spiritual life. Ask the Lord for the strength to remember that, even in an awful situation, God can turn bad into good.
God, I know that you are with me always and can turn bad into good. May I always be aware of your presence and goodness in every situation. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading I: Dn 12:1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Reading II: Heb 10:11-14, 18
Alleluia: Lk 21:36
Gospel: Mk 13:24-32View complete readings on USCCB.org