Wednesday 20 SEPTEMBER

by | Sep 19, 2023 | Evangelium

SAINT Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and companions

17th century Korea fought to stop Christianity by executions. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, who secretly trained in Macao, was executed in 1846. A lay apostle, St Paul Chong Hasang, and many others perished at the same time.

Entrance Antiphon

The blood of the holy Martyrs was poured out for Christ upon the earth; therefore they have gained everlasting rewards.


O God, who have been pleased to increase your adopted children in all the world, and who made the blood of the Martyrs Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon and his companions a most fruitful seed of Christians, grant that we may be defended by their help and profit always from their example. 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: 1 Timothy 3:14-16

At the moment of writing to you, I am hoping that I may be with you soon; but in case I should be delayed, I wanted you to know how people ought to behave in God’s family – that is, in the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe. Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed: He was made visible in the flesh, attested by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed to the pagans, believed in by the world, taken up in glory.

Psalm 110 (111): 1-6

R/ Great are the works of the Lord.

I will thank the Lord with all my heart in the meeting of the just and their assembly. Great are the works of the Lord, to be pondered by all who love them.

Majestic and glorious his work, his justice stands firm for ever. He makes us remember his wonders. The Lord is compassion and love.

 He gives food to those who fear him; keeps his covenant ever in mind. He has shown his might to his people by giving them the lands of the nations.

Gospel Acclamation: cf.1Th2:13

Alleluia, alleluia! Accept God’s message for what it really is: God’s message, and not some human thinking. Alleluia!

Gospel: Luke 7:31-35        

Jesus said to the people: “What description can I find for the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market-place: ‘We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn’t dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn’t cry.’ For John the Baptist comes, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, ‘He is possessed.’ The Son of Man comes, eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ Yet Wisdom has been proved right by all her children.”

Prayer over the Offerings

Look with favour, almighty God, on the offerings of your people and, through the intercession of the blessed Martyrs, grant that we ourselves may become a sacrifice acceptable to you for the salvation of all the world. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Mt 10: 32

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father, says the Lord.

Prayer after Communion

Nourished with the food of the valiant as we celebrate the blessed Martyrs, we humbly ask you, O Lord, that, clinging faithfully to Christ, we may labour in the Church for the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord.


It can be very easy to find excuses in a given situation, to remain sitting on the fence – finding fault about all the available alternatives, without getting involved. Children complain to one another when the rules of the game are not observed. Jesus sees that adults too can have simplistic expectations and readily make superficial comparisons. He asks us to see beyond the surface, to reflect more fully, to let our prayer go deeper. If we are able to give time and attention to noticing where God is moving in our midst, we may be able to receive God’s gift of wisdom and insight.  God wants us to rejoice in the good things of life. We should celebrate friendship, marriage and family, births, achievements and games. But there is also another side to life. We are to follow Jesus in the breaking of Bread, and in the drinking of the cup of his Passion. I am reluctant, Lord, to take up my Cross daily. I shun pain, hurt and loss. Teach me to find you in suffering. Passion of Christ, comfort me!