Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint of the day
Saint Agnes of Assisi (1197-1253)
Saint Agnes was the sister of Saint Clare, and also her first follower. At first, her family disapproved of her choice, and tried to bring her back home. However, when they tried to take her from the monastery, her body suddenly became so heavy that even several knights could not carry her. When the knights realized that they could not lift her, they left both Agnes and Clare alone. Agnes was just as devout and dedicated as Clare. When a community of Benedictine nuns expressed their interest in becoming Poor Clares, Agnes became the abbess of their monastery. Even though she enjoyed her time with this new group, Agnes missed Clare and her fellow nuns at San Damiano. She eventually rejoined them when Clare was dying. Three months after the passing of her sister, Saint Agnes was also called to her heavenly home. She was canonized in 1753.
It must have been difficult for Saint Agnes to defy her parents' wishes and follow her sister, Saint Clare. However, she had to endure a little heartache in order to live out her vocation. Ask God to bless you on your path to your vocation, especially if you face opposition or bumps along the way.
Joyful God, to follow your path means many things. May I always remember that your way leads to joy and pleasure. You are the God of life and all good things. (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: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Reading 2: 1 Thes 5:1-6
Alleluia: Jn 15:4A, 5B
Gospel: Mt 25:14-30
Alternate Gospel: Mt 25:14-15, 19-21View complete readings on USCCB.org