November 21, 2023 

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint of the day

Saint Albert of Louvain (1166-1192)

Saint Albert of Louvain entered into religious life at the age of 12. However, he left the priesthood at the age of 21 to become a knight of Count Baldwin. He planned to go on a crusade, but did not, and rejoined religious life. Albert was appointed as bishop of Liege, which upset Count Baldwin, who had hoped that one of his relatives would get the appointment. In anger, Count Baldwin sought the help of Emperor Henry VI, who removed Albert and appointed Baldwin's relative as bishop. However, Albert also appealed to Rome, and his appointment as bishop was acknowledged as valid. The struggle for control of Liege was unrelenting, and eventually took its toll. A group of knights sent by Emperor Henry approached Albert and stabbed him to death. After the attack, Emperor Henry VI's plan of control backfired, and he was required to do penance for his murderous actions.


We all try to gain control of the things in our lives. Whether it's how much we weigh, the job that we have, or the person that we have a relationship with, we like to make sure that things go our way. Spend a few minutes with the Lord. Ask him for help, allowing you to give up control of every minor detail and instead trusting in his plan for you.


Dear Jesus, grant me the gift of being joyful in all circumstances, confident that you are in control of my ultimate destiny no matter what happens to me. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 498

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

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Daily readings

Reading 1: 2 Mc 6:18-31

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Alleluia: 1 Jn 4:10B

Gospel: Lk 19:1-10

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