Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Wenceslaus (c.907-929)
Saint Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague. His holy grandmother raised him and wanted to put him on the throne to replace his mother, an anti-Christian. Wenceslaus eventually took over the throne. During his reign, Saint Wenceslaus focused on unification efforts in Bohemia, and Church support and peace with Germany. His efforts to bring peace and support the Church did not sit well with anti-Christians, especially his brother, Boleslav. Boleslav invited Wenceslaus to come and celebrate the feast of Saints Cosmos and Damian with him. While on the way to Mass, Boleslav attacked Wenceslaus, and killed his brother with the help of his anti-Christian supporters. The tomb of Wenceslaus became a popular destination for pilgrims. He is the patron saint of the Bohemian people and the former Czechoslovakia.
Saint Wenceslaus was ultimately martyred for his staunch support of Christianity and his attempts to help it grow. Saint Wenceslaus reminds us that often, when we try to do good, others will aggressively oppose us. Despite their opposition, Saint Wenceslaus teaches us that we are to persevere in the good we are doing.
Dear Jesus, help me to have the fortitude to persist in doing good regardless of the hostility I may encounter.
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading I: Zec 8:20-23
Responsorial Psalm: 87:1B-3, 4-5, 6-7
Alleluia: Mk 10:45
Gospel: Lk 9:51-56View complete readings on USCCB.org