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Catholic Missal of the day: Saturday, March 16 2024

Saturday of the Fourth week of Lent

Book of Jeremiah


I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings.
Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: "Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will be spoken no more."
But, you, O Lord of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause!



O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
Lest I become like the lion's prey,
to be torn to pieces, with no one to rescue me.
Do me justice, O LORD, because I am just,
and because of the innocence that is mine.
Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but sustain the just,
O searcher of heart and soul, O just God.
A shield before me is God,
who saves the upright of heart;
A just judge is God,
a God who punishes day by day.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John


Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, "This is truly the Prophet."
Others said, "This is the Messiah." But others said, "The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he?
Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?"
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him.
Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not bring him?"
The guards answered, "Never before has anyone spoken like this one."
So the Pharisees answered them, "Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him?
But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed."
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?
They answered and said to him, "You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."
Then each went to his own house,

St. Heribert(Archbishop (c. 970-1021))

Saint HeribertArchbishop (c. 970-1021) St. Heribert was born in Worms, Germany, and was the son of Hugo, the count of Worms. Heribert was educated at the school of the Worms Cathedral and at the Benedictine Gorze Abbey in Lorraine, France. He returned to Worms Cathedral, became provost and was ordained in 994. In 994, Fr. Heribert was appointed chancellor of Italy by Otto III. In 998, he was consecrated archbishop of Cologne. He became the chancellor of Germany that year as well, and served until Otto's passing on January 23, 1002. Heribert also counselled Emperor Henry and mediated on the latter's behalf. Abp. Heribert not only built the monastery of Deutz on the Rhine, but also wrought miracles. The miracle he is best known for is ending a drought. Thus, he is the patron saint of farmers. Abp. Heribert passed away in Cologne on March 16, 1021, and was buried in Deutz. He was canonized by Pope St. Gregory VII around 1074.

St. Abraham(Hermit & St. Mary (4th century))

SAINT ABRAHAM, Hermit (+ c. 360) and SAINT MARY (+ c. 365) St. Abraham was a rich nobleman of Edessa. At his parents' insistence, he married, but afterward retired to a cell near the city. He walled up the door and left only a small window for food. Abraham lived in the cell for fifty years: praying, fasting and doing acts of penance. After his parents' passing, he donated his inheritance to the poor. Many people sought Abraham's advice and prayers. His devotion eventually led to him being ordained a priest by the bishop of Edessa. He was then sent to an idolatrous city where priests had been rejected. There, Fr. Abraham was insulted, beaten and banished three times, but he returned each time with redoubled fervor. Fr. Abraham's zeal was expressed through prayer. Through his witness of the Gospel, he baptized multitudes in three years of ministry. At the beginning, end, and throughout his day, Fr. Abraham conversed intimately with God. He would also listen in blessed contemplation following his soul's purgation of everything that barred its union with the Divine. When Fr. Abraham's brother died, the latter left an only daughter, Mary. Thus, Fr. Abraham gave her a cell and raised her as his own. After twenty years of innocence, Mary was deeply wounded through sin and fled. She was separated from her kin in a distant city for two years. Fr. Abraham and St. Ephrem both sought Mary and prayed for her return. When they ventured abroad, they found her and consoled her. Mary grew in holiness and received the gift of miracles. Fr. Abraham served the Church until his passing in 360. Mary passed away five years later in 365. Their companionship continues forever with Jesus Christ in heaven

St. Finnian Lobhar(Abbot (+ c. 560))

Saint Finnian Lobhar Abbot(+ c. 560) St. Finnian was born in Bregia, Leinster, Ireland. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Fathlad. Fr. Finnian's holiness, and the miracles obtained through his prayers, drew many Christians to seek his assistance. When the mother of a leprous boy came to him, he saw that he could only obtain the child's healing by taking the leprosy upon himself. Fr. Finnian accepted the condition and became leprous while the boy was cured. God is neither rigid nor transactional. Nonetheless, Fr. Finnian was thenceforth known as Lobhar ("the Leper"), who healed others while carrying his cross. After serving in Clonmore, Fr. Finnian became the abbot of Swords Abbey near Dublin. He may have returned to Clonmore in later years. Tradition credits him with founding a church in Innisfallen as well as a monastery. Fr Finnian passed away around the year 350. He awaits us in our True Native Land, where he prays for those who ask him.


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Published: 2024-02-27T07:26:24Z | Modified: 2024-02-27T07:26:24Z