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St. Lucy, Martyr

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  • Reading I:  Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-27


A Short Biography (Richard McBrien, Lives of the Saints)

Lucy (c. 304) is the patron saint of those suffering from diseases of the eye and is traditionally portrayed carrying a tray containing two eyes. She is thought to have been born in Syracuse, Sicily, of noble and wealthy parents, and she is the patron saint of the city. Intending to give her fortune to the poor, she was the victim of an attempted rape during the Diocletion persecution. When she resisted, she was denounced as a Christian, arrested, tortured, and killed. She was honored in Rome in sixth century as one of the Church’s most illustrious virgin martyrs and her name was included in the Canon of both the Roman and Ambrosian rites by Pope Gregory the Great… (McBrien, p. 501-2)

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Psalm 25:4-5
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4Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause. Shew, O Lord, thy ways to me, and teach me thy paths.
5Direct me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art God my Saviour; and on thee have I waited all the day long.
Matthew 21:23-27
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23And when he was come into the temple, there came to him, as he was teaching, the chief priests and ancients of the people, saying: By what authority dost thou these things? and who hath given thee this authority?
24Jesus answering, said to them: I also will ask you one word, which if you shall tell me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.
25The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying:
26If we shall say, from heaven, he will say to us: Why then did you not believe him? But if we shall say, from men, we are afraid of the multitude: for all held John as a prophet.
27And answering Jesus, they said: We know not. He also said to them: Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

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