FEBRUARY 1-6: Readings and Feasts

1 Tue Weekday

2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30—19:3/Mk 5:21-43 

 2 Wed  Presentation of the Lord Feast

Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32 

3 Thu Weekday [St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr; St Ansgar, Bishop]

1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12/Mk 6:7-13 

4 Fri Weekday Sir 47:2

-11/Mk 6:14-29

5 Sat St Agatha, Virgin Martyr Memorial 1 Kgs 3:4-13/Mk 6:30-34 

6 SUN FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11 

The 4th week of ordinary time this year begins with a memorial of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, one of the largest religious communities in the Catholic Church. 

Mark’s Gospel returns to accounts of the marvelous cures Jesus works on both sides of the Lake of Galilee, the gentile side and the Jewish side. (Monday and Tuesday) It continues with Jesus sending out his disciples.(Wednesday and Friday) and the account of John the Baptist’s death, (Thursday) which reminds us that Jesus also was destined to experience the mystery of the Cross.

The Old Testament readings from 2 Samuel recall David’s loss of his son Absalom, his death and Solomon assuming his throne.

The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is an important feast inspired by the infancy narrative of St. Luke. The Temple is a symbol of God’s presence in the world, in the church and in ourselves in St. Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.

St. Agatha, February 5, is one of the principal women martyrs of the Roman world. Her story is similar to that of St. Agnes, another early Christian woman martyr.

Readings for the week here.  

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