November 20, 2023 

Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint of the day

Saint Edmund the Martyr (c.841-870)

Saint Edmund the Martyr was the king of Norfolk and Suffolk in England in the ninth century. Exact details about his life are fuzzy. It is known that Edmund defended his people against Danish invaders and was killed when the Danes prevailed. Some legends say that he was beheaded and died calling out to Jesus, and others say that he was shot with arrows because of his refusal to sign a treaty that would harm his people and his faith. Saint Edmund is the patron saint of various kings, pandemics, torture victims, and wolves.


Do you follow the example of Saint Edmund the Martyr, and refuse to do things that could put the people that you care about and your faith in danger? Ask God for help doing the right thing, even if you may get wounded in the process.


Dear Jesus, give me the desire to be your hands and heart in the world. May I be compassionate and courageous in helping the needy and confronting evildoers. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 497

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Green

Daily readings

Reading 1: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158

Alleluia: Jn 8:12

Gospel: Lk 18:35-43

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