September 30, 2021 

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the day

Saint Jerome (c.345-420)

Saint Jerome, a Scripture scholar, translated most of the Old Testament from Hebrew. He also wrote commentaries on the Bible that are still used today. In order to do this work, he took his studies seriously. Jerome also had little patience for religious leaders who thought more about worldly things than about the true spiritual life. Faced with people who were spreading falsehoods, he often challenged them with a sarcastic tongue that got him into trouble. Yet Saint Jerome’s personal holiness was clear to all, and he has been declared a Doctor of the Church. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")


Saint Jerome dedicated himself to his work, and through his work he encountered God. Although his work more directly related to his religion, it is important for us to remember that our work, no matter how seemingly disconnected from our faith, is an opportunity to grow in union with God. If we work, and are mindful of God's presence in our daily work, it can be an opportunity to strive to reach God. Working hard can be a chance to grow more holy.


Dear Jesus, help me to see you in my work and grow in union with you.

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 458

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

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Daily readings

Reading I: Neh 8:1-4A, 5-6, 7B-12

Responsorial Psalm: 19:8, 9, 10, 11

Alleluia: Mk 1:15

Gospel: Lk 10:1-12

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