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Saint Junípero Serra, Priest (Optional Memorial)
O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will tell of your name to my kin. Ps 18 (17):50; 22 (21):23
O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your priest Saint Junípero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
Seek good and not evil,
that you may live;
Then truly will the Lord, the God of hosts,
be with you as you claim!
Hate evil and love good,
and let justice prevail at the gate;
Then it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.
I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the Lord,
I take no pleasure in your solemnities;
Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.
Away with your noisy songs!
I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.
But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
then let justice surge like water,
and goodness like an unfailing stream.
R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
“Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you;
God, your God, am I.” R.
“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.” R.
“For mine are all the animals of the forests,
beasts by the thousands on my mountains.
I know all the birds of the air,
and whatever stirs in the plains, belongs to me.” R.
“If I were hungry, I should not tell you,
for mine are the world and its fullness.
Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls,
or is the blood of goats my drink?” R.
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?” R.
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Jas 1:18
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
Prayer over the Offerings
Look upon the sacrificial gifts we offer, almighty God,
on the feast day of blessed Saint Junípero Serra,
and grant that we, who celebrate the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion,
may imitate what we now do.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord. Ez 34:15
What I say to you in the darkness
speak in the light, says the Lord;
what you hear whispered
proclaim on the housetops. Mt 10:27
Prayer after Communion
By the power of this mystery, O Lord,
confirm your servants in the true faith,
that they may everywhere profess in word and deed
the faith for which blessed Saint Junípero Serra never ceased to labor
and for which he spent his whole life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
Let justice surge like water. (Amos 5:24)
Paris in the 1830s was rife with poverty and homelessness, but through the work of one young man, justice and kindness began to “surge like water” through the city (Amos 5:24). The man was a university student named Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853). A devout Catholic, Ozanam had organized a debate among fellow students to discuss the value of the Church. But one student in the crowd called out, “What is your Church doing for the poor? Show us your works and we will believe you!”
With these words, the “dam” of mild indifference in Frédéric’s heart began crumbling. Guided by a local nun, he and a few friends started visiting the slums of Paris. They spent time with the people living there: listening, serving, and sharing love in whatever simple ways they could. That’s when justice began to flow.
Together, Frédéric and his companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a way to promote acts of charity and spiritual renewal among Catholics. New chapters quickly opened, and they soon spread beyond the borders of France. What began as a trickle eventually swelled into a network of thousands of streams flowing around the globe.
Right now, try to imagine Jesus’ love for everyone who is suffering. Let that love soften your heart and break down any barriers of comfort and indifference within you. Picture Jesus’ mercy flowing like a gentle stream toward the homeless woman living under a nearby bridge or a local couple grieving a miscarriage.
If you don’t know how to help, just be present. Listen more than you speak. Then see where it leads. Even small acts of mercy can grow into something powerful. Frédéric believed that when we sit with the poor, feel the same cold that pierces them, and listen, justice will surge like water within our hearts.
“Lord, let your love for the poor surge within me.”
Psalm 50:7-13, 16-17
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