Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Vincent the Deacon (d.304)
Saint Vincent felt a call to Christ, and was ordained a deacon by his friend Saint Valerius. The Roman emperors had published edicts against the clergy and laity, and Vincent and his bishop, among many others, were thrown into jail. He was then tortured by Governor Dacian in many cruel ways, including beating, flaying, broiling, and stretching on the rack. Astoundingly, Vincent survived these cruel punishments. More astoundingly, the torture only fueled his zeal and strengthened his faith. Enraged that he was unable to break Vincent, Governor Dacian had his torturers beaten. He then approached Vincent with what he felt to be a compromise. He told Vincent that, if he would only give up his sacred books for burning, in accordance with the emperor's edict, he would be freed. Vincent refused, and torture resumed. Finally, he was thrown into a dirty prison cell, the floor strewn with broken glass. This only led to the conversion of a new Christian, the jailer, who was astounded by Vincent's steadfast faith. Dacian seethed with rage, but knowing that he could never break Vincent's faith or spirit, released him to a group of friends. Vincent's friends arranged a comfortable bed for him, and once they settled him on it, Vincent passed on to eternal life with God. Saint Vincent is the patron saint of Portugal, wine-makers, and vinegar-makers.
Saint Vincent endured great suffering for his Christian faith. Astoundingly, the pain that he went through only filled him with zeal and strengthened his faith. Do you see the Lord's loving light when you are going through a difficult time or are in pain? Ask God for the strength to see his goodness when you are despairing.
Heavenly Father, when I am down and feel on the brink of despair, give me strength to see your light in my life. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Ordinary Time
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green
Reading 1: Is 8:23—9:3
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14
Reading 2: 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17
Alleluia: Mt 4:23
Gospel: Mt 4:12-23 Or 4:12-17View complete readings on USCCB.org