Monday 03rd june

by | Jun 2, 2024 | Evangelium

Psalter: Week 1

Saints Charles Lwanga

and his companions (1885/7)

Charles Lwanga and his twenty-one companions (the youngest, Kizito, was only 13) were executed for being Christians, for rebuking the king for his debauchery and his murder of an Anglican missionary, for “praying from a book,” and for refusing to allow themselves to be ritually sodomised by the king. They died between 1885 and 1887. Most of them were burned alive in a group after being tortured.

Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Wis 3: 6-7, 9

As gold in the furnace, the Lord put his chosen to the test; as sacrificial offerings, he took them to himself; and in due time they will be honoured, and grace and peace will be with the elect of God.


O God, who have made the blood of Martyrs the seed of Christians, mercifully grant that the field which is your Church, watered by the blood shed by Saints Charles Lwanga and his companions, may be fertile and always yield you an abundant harvest. 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: 2 Peter 1:2-7            

May you have more and more grace and peace as you come to know our Lord more and more. By his divine power, he has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God himself, who has called us by his own glory and goodness. In making these gifts, he has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come: through them you will be able to share the divine nature and to escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice. But to attain this, you will have to do your utmost yourselves, adding goodness to the faith that you have, understanding to your goodness, self-control to your understanding, patience to your self-control, true devotion to your patience, kindness towards your fellow men to your devotion, and, to this kindness, love.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm


R/ My God, in you I trust.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides in the shade of the Almighty says to the Lord: ‘My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom I trust!’

His love he set on me, so I will rescue him;  protect him for he knows my name. When he calls I shall answer: ‘I am with you.’

I will save him in distress and give him glory. With length of life I will content him; I shall let him see my saving power.

Gospel Acclamation:


Alleluia, alleluia! Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you; through him give thanks to God the Father. Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 12:1-12     

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables: ‘A man planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug out a trough for the winepress and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce from the vineyard. But they seized the man, thrashed him and sent him away empty-handed. Next he sent another servant to them; him they beat about the head and treated shamefully. And he sent another and him they killed; then a number of others, and they thrashed some and killed the rest. He had still someone left: his beloved son. He sent him to them last of all. “They will respect my son” he said. But those tenants said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.” So they seized him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and make an end of the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this text of scripture: It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see? And they would have liked to arrest him, because they realised that the parable was aimed at them, but they were afraid of the crowds. So they left him alone and went away.

Prayer over the Offerings              

We offer you sacrifice, O Lord, humbly praying that, as you granted the blessed Martyrs

grace to die rather than sin, so you may bring us to minister at your altar in dedication to you alone. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Ps 115: 15              

How precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his holy ones..

Prayer after Communion              

We have received this divine Sacrament, O Lord, as we celebrate the victory of your holy Martyrs; may what helped them to endure torment, we pray, make us, in the face of trials, steadfast in faith and in charity. Through Christ our Lord.


Jesus uses the parable of the tenants to warn the Chief Priests, scribes and elders of the self-imposed destruction they will face if they continued in their unfaithfulness, violating God’s purpose, rejecting the prophets sent by God, and even killing the heir – Jesus. Jesus clarifies that since the leaders had not lived up to expectations, they would be stripped of the mantle of spiritual leadership given to them and be replaced with a new movement led by Jesus, the rejected cornerstone. We can remain in the vineyard and be part of this new movement by remaining faithful to God’s divine purpose and accountable for every responsibility.