St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial) :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest (Memorial)
February 4, 2019

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Hebrews 11:32-40
    32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets --
    33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
    34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
    35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life.
    36 Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.
    37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated --
    38 of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
    39 And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised,
    40 since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 31:20-24
    19 O how abundant is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for those who fear thee, and wrought for those who take refuge in thee, in the sight of the sons of men!
    20 In the covert of thy presence thou hidest them from the plots of men; thou holdest them safe under thy shelter from the strife of tongues.
    21 Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as in a besieged city.
    22 I had said in my alarm, "I am driven far from thy sight." But thou didst hear my supplications, when I cried to thee for help.
    23 Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily.

  • Gospel

    Mark 5:1-20
    1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger'asenes.
    2 And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
    3 who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain;
    4 for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him.
    5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones.
    6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him;
    7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me."
    8 For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
    9 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many."
    10 And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country.
    11 Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside;
    12 and they begged him, "Send us to the swine, let us enter them."
    13 So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.
    14 The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.
    15 And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had had the legion; and they were afraid.
    16 And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine.
    17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood.
    18 And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
    19 But he refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."
    20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decap'olis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 52:7-10
    7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
    8 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice, together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
    9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
    10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 126:1-5
    1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
    2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
    3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
    4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb!
    5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!

  • Gospel

    Matthew 10:16-25
    16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
    17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
    18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
    19 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
    20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
    21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
    22 and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
    23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
    24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master;
    25 it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el'zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.