Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest and Martyr, and St. Paul Chong Ha-sang, Catechist and Martyr, and their Companions, Martyrs

September 20, 2022

First Reading: Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13

1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. 3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but every one who is hasty comes only to want. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. 11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. 12 The righteous observes the house of the wicked; the wicked are cast down to ruin. 13 He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard.

Psalm: 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! 27 Make me understand the way of thy precepts, and I will meditate on thy wondrous works. 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set thy ordinances before me. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of thy commandments, for I delight in it. 44 I will keep thy law continually, for ever and ever.

Gospel: Luke 8:19-21

19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. 20 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” 21 But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Reflection for the day: “This is my last hour of life, listen to me attentively: if I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning. Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death because God has eternal chastisements in store for those who have refused to know Him.” — St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon

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