Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Frumentius (4th century-c.380)
Saint Frumentius was born in Lebanon. He and his brother, Saint Aedesius, were the only survivors of a shipwreck on the Red Sea. They were discovered and taken to the royal court of Aksum, Ethiopia, where they were made members of the court. The two men introduced Christianity to the people. Frumentius persuaded Saint Athanasius of Alexandria to send missionaries from Egypt to Ethiopia, and was appointed bishop of Ethiopia. Saint Frumentius converted many Ethiopians to Christianity and proclaimed the Good News.
Great good can come from tragedy, even when a situation seems hopeless. Saint Frumentius and his brother were the only survivors of a shipwreck, but were discovered and eventually introduced Christianity to the people of Ethiopia. If you have experienced a tragedy in your life, ask God for help in dealing with any feelings of hurt, grief, or anger that you have.
I believe that you sent your Son into the world for us, God. Help me to draw strength from your presence, even when all I feel is despair. (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 1: Eph 6:10-20
Responsorial Psalm: 144:1B, 2, 9-10
Alleluia: See Lk 19:38; 2:14
Gospel: Lk 13:31-35View complete readings on USCCB.org