by | Aug 13, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT Maximilian Kolbe

He was born on 8 January 1894 in occupied Poland: he joined the Franciscans in Lwów in 1910. In 1941 he was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. A prisoner escaped, and in reprisal the authorities were choosing ten people to die by starvation. One of the men had a family, and Maximilian Kolbe offered to take his place. He died in the man’s place.

Entrance Antiphon: Mt 25: 34, 40

Come, you blessed of my Father, says the Lord. Amen I say to you: Whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me.


O God, who filled the Priest and Martyr Saint Maximilian Kolbe with a burning love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with zeal for souls and love of neighbour, graciously grant, through his intercession, that, striving for your glory by eagerly serving others, we may be conformed, even until death, to your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

First reading Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Moses said to the people: “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you? Only this: to fear the Lord your God, to follow all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and laws of the Lord that for your good I lay down for you today. To the Lord your God belong indeed heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth and all it contains; yet it was on your fathers that the Lord set his heart for love of them, and after them of all the nations chose their descendants, you yourselves, up to the present day. Circumcise your heart then and be obstinate no longer; for the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, triumphant and terrible, never partial, never to be bribed. It is he who sees justice done for the orphan and the widow, who loves the stranger and gives him food and clothing. Love the stranger then, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. It is the Lord your God you must fear and serve; you must cling to him; in his name take your oaths. He it is you must praise, he is your God: for you he has done these great and terrible things you have seen with your own eyes; and though your fathers numbered only seventy when they went down to Egypt, the Lord your God has made you as many as the stars of heaven.”

Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20

R/ O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! Zion, praise your God! He has strengthened the bars of your gates he has blessed the children within you.

He established peace on your borders, he feeds you with finest wheat. He sends out his word to the earth and swiftly runs his command.

He makes his word known to Jacob, to Israel his laws and decrees. He has not dealt thus with other nations; he has not taught them his decrees.

Gospel Acclamation Ps 147:12, 15

Alleluia, alleluia! O praise the Lord,

Jerusalem! He sends out his word to the earth. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 17:22-27

One day when they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to his disciples, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men; they will put him to death, and on the third day he will be raised to life again.” And a great sadness came over them. When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Peter and said, “Does your master not pay the half-shekel?” “Oh yes”, he replied, and went into the house. But before he could speak, Jesus said, “Simon, what is your opinion? From whom do the kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from foreigners?” And when he replied, “From foreigners”, Jesus said, “Well then, the sons are exempt. However, so as not to offend these people, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that bites, open its mouth and there you will find a shekel; take it and give it to them for me and for you.”

Prayer over the Offerings             

We present our oblations to you, O Lord, humbly praying that we may learn from the example of Saint Maximilian to offer our very lives to you. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Jn 15: 13

Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for his friends, says the Lord.

Prayer after Communion             

We pray, O Lord, that, renewed by the Body and Blood of your Son, we may be inflamed with the same fire of charity that Saint Maximilian received from this holy banquet. Through Christ our Lord.


The disciples could not cope with the second announcement of Jesus” passion and death. Suffering also disturbs us. We can only fully understand this announcement if we stay close to Jesus, otherwise we will be lost. Jesus gives meaning to suffering; meaning that we cannot grasp except through faith. There can be