Tuesday 21st May

by | May 20, 2024 | Evangelium

Saint Christopher Magallanes

and his Companions, Martyrs


He was born in Mexico in 1869. He took a special interest in the evangelization of the local indigenous Huichol. Falsely accused, he was arrested and executed without a trial in 1927.

Entrance Antiphon: Ps 12: 6            

O Lord, I trust in your merciful love. My heart will rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me.


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, always pondering spiritual things,

we may carry out in both word and deed that which is pleasing to 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: James 4:1-10              

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.  You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives; don’t you realise that making the world your friend is making God your enemy? Anyone who chooses the world for his friend turns himself into God’s enemy. Surely you don’t think scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which he sent to live in us wants us for himself alone? But he has been even more generous to us, as scripture says: God opposes the proud but he gives generously to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm


R/ Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you.

O that I had wings like a dove to fly away and be at rest. So I would escape far away and take refuge in the desert.

I would hasten to find a shelter from the raging wind, from the destructive storm, O Lord,  and from their plotting tongues.

For I can see nothing but violence and strife in the city. Night and day they patrol   high on the city walls.

Entrust your cares to the Lord  and he will support you. He will never allow  the just man to stumble.

Gospel Acclamation: Jn14:23         

Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37        

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him. They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Prayer over the Offerings   

As we celebrate your mysteries, O Lord, with the observance that is your due, we humbly ask you, that what we offer to the honour of your majesty may profit us for salvation. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Ps 9: 2-3     

I will recount all your wonders, I will rejoice in you and be glad, and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.

Prayer after Communion   

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we may experience the effects of the salvation which is pledged to us by these mysteries. Through Christ our Lord.


The disciples argued about who was the greatest among them, demonstrating that they were full of foolish desire like the rest of the world. Such arrogant aim breeds unending squabbling and conflict. In effect, this not only distracts individuals from their primary job in life, which is to be helpful and supportive to one another, but it also defeats that objective because we are now pulling down our brothers and sisters who we are supposed to support. We don’t even get what we want when we fight. In humble prayer, we should ask for anything we require. We should ask for whatever is necessary for our salvation without jeopardising our neighbour’s growth. God only responds to those types of prayers. We discipline our lives and pay attention to the voice of Christ as he challenges us with the facts of life, just as he did the apostles. We must be courageous enough to face life’s challenges with faith, humility, and compassion toward others. This is the only way to be certain of the victory that Christ’s resurrection has in store for us.