January 28, 2022 

Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the day

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of the greatest theologians in the history of the Church. His mind was so keen that it is reported that he could dictate to four scribes at the same time--each scribe working on a different chapter--picking up exactly where he had left off as he moved from one to the other. His most famous work, the Summa Theologica (Latin for "Synthesis of Theology"), is still studied today. His work was considered radical for his time, and was initially condemned because he drew on the works of any author--including Jewish and pagan writers--who had something true to say. However, within 50 years of his death, Aquinas's writings became the standard for most scholarly study. Despite his genius he was given the nickname of "dumb ox," because of his large size and silent ways. Evidently Thomas Aquinas's family did not approve of his decision to become a Dominican priest. His brothers held him captive and brought an attractive woman to him in an attempt to sway him from his calling, but Saint Thomas had a deep faith as well as a great mind, and he was not swayed from his calling. He is a perfect example of the Catholic understanding that faith and reason can coexist. We celebrate Saint Thomas's feast day on January 28. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")


“Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold” (Mark 4:8). The farmer in this parable had good crops when he planted the seed in soil that could make good use of it and help it grow. Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great philosopher and teacher, was “good soil” for God’s word. He had gifts of great intelligence and an ability to write and teach, which he used so well that he has influenced our Church for centuries. You, too, have been given gifts and talents to use during your lifetime. God is confident that you, like the farmer and like Saint Thomas Aquinas, are good soil and will use these gifts to the best of your ability. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


Dear Jesus, like Saint Thomas Aquinas, help me to be good soil for your word. Be with me as your word grows within me and I discover how you wish me to use my gifts and talents. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 321

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments:

Daily readings

Reading I: 2 Sm 11:1-4A, 5-10A, 13-17

Responsorial Psalm: 51:3-4, 5-6A, 6Bcd-7, 10-11

Alleluia: See Mt 11:25

Gospel: Mk 4:26-34

View complete readings on USCCB.org
  1. Sunday
  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday