by | Oct 3, 2022 | Evangelium

Tuesday 04 th october 2022


St. Francis of Assisi

(1181 – 1226)


He was the son of a wealthy 12th-century Italian merchant, and early in his life was devoted to partying and enjoying his social status. After an illness his life changed: He began a life of evangelical poverty, living by begging. His followers are called the Franciscans. Francis died in 1226, having started a revolution. The Franciscans endure to this day.


Entrance Antiphon

Francis, the man of God, left his home behind, abandoned his inheritance and became poor and penniless, but the Lord raised him up.



O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


First reading : Galatians 1:13-24

You must have heard of my career as a practising Jew, how merciless I was in persecuting the Church of God, how much damage I did to it, how I stood out among other Jews of my generation, and how enthusiastic I was for the traditions of my ancestors. Then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans. I did not stop to discuss this with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me, but I went off to Arabia at once and later went straight back from there to Damascus. Even when after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days, I did not see any of the other apostles; I only saw James, the brother of the Lord, and I swear before God that what I have just written is the literal truth. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia, and was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judaea, who had heard nothing except that their one-time persecutor was now preaching the faith he had previously tried to destroy; and they gave glory to God for me.


Psalm 138:1-3,13-15

R/  Lead me, O Lord, in the path of life eternal.


  1. O Lord, you search me and you know me, you know my resting and my rising, you discern my purpose from afar. You mark when I walk or lie down, all my ways lie open to you..
  2. For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother’s womb. I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all your creation.
  3. Already you knew my soul, my body held no secret from you when I was being fashioned in secret and moulded in the depths of the earth.


Gospel Acclamation : Jn15:15

Alleluia, alleluia! I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. Alleluia!



Gospel : Luke 10:38-42

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’


Prayer over the Offerings

As we bring you these offerings, O Lord, we pray that we may be rightly disposed for the celebration of the mystery of the Cross, which Saint Francis so ardently embraced. Through Christ our Lord.


Communion Antiphon : Mt 5: 3

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Prayer after Communion

Grant us, we pray, O Lord, through these holy gifts which we have received, that, imitating the charity and apostolic zeal of Saint Francis, we may experience the effects of your love and spread them everywhere for the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.



Mary is a listener, while Martha is a doer. Listening and doing constitute the very essence of Christian living, that is, engaging in action for others guided by what we learn in contemplation. But, the highest form of activity in Christian living is contemplation, that is, being in conscious contact with God and His Word. This is seen in Jesus’ life;  He did not only spend long hours bringing healing to people’s lives but also retired to quiet places to be alone in communion with His Father. The same pattern must also be ours. In our relationship with Jesus, are we more of listeners or doers?  We should always strive to strike the right balance.