JUNE 21 Mon Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Memorial Gn 12:1-9/Mt 7:1-5
22 Tue Weekday [Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs] Gn 13:2, 5-18/Mt 7:6, 12-14
23 Wed Weekday
Gn 15:1-12, 17-18/Mt 7:15-20
24 Thu THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST Solemnity
Is 49:1-6/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80
25 Fri Weekday Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Mt 8:1-4
26 Sat Weekday Gn 18:1-15/Mt 8:5-17
27 SUN THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43
We read from the later part of the Book of Genesis this week in our lectionary. The first 10 chapters described the increase and spread of humanity, beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve. Chapter 11-50 offers the story of Israel, beginning with Abraham. One difference between the two: the first chapters describe the nations settling down. In the story of Israel, Abraham is called to set out to a land God will show.
The Nativity of John the Baptist, June 25th, is a solemnity, celebrating the birth of John 6 months before the birth of Jesus.
Saints like Aloysius Gonzaga remind us that young people can be saints too.
Tuesday we remember English martyrs, John Fischer, Thomas More, “Man for All Seasons.”