7th August - Saint Albert of Trapani - Priest
Albert degli Abbani was born in Trapani in Sicily in the thirteenth century. Having joined the Carmelites and been ordained a priest, he soon became famous for his preaching and miracles. He was provincial in Sicily in 1296, and died in Messina, probably in 1307, with a reputation for purity and prayer.
Entrance Antiphon - Ps 36:30-31
The mouth of the just man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is right; the law of his God is in his heart.
you made Saint Albert of Trapani
a model of purity and prayer,
and a devoted servant of Our Lady.
May we practise these same virtues
and so be worthy always
to share the banquet of your grace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
The three readings are used where today is celebrated as a Solemnity. Elsewhere a choice may be made between the first and the second reading.
A reading from the Prophet Isaiah - 58:6-12
You shall be like a spring whose waters never run dry.
Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me
- t is the Lord who speaks -
to break unjust fetters
and undo the thongs of the yoke.
To let the oppressed go free,
and break every yoke,
to share your bread with the hungry,
and shelter the homeless poor,
to clothe the man you see to be naked
and not turn from your own kin.
Then will your light shine like the dawn
and your wound be quickly healed over.
Your integrity will go before you
and the glory of the Lord behind you.
Cry, and the Lord will answer;
call, and he will say, 'I am here'.
If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry,
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will shine in the darkness,
and your shadows become the noon.
The Lord will always guide you,
giving you relief in desert places.
He will give strength to your bones
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water
whose waters never run dry.
You will rebuild the ancient ruins,
build up on the old foundations.
You will be called 'Breach-mender',
'Restorer of ruined houses'.
This is the word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps. 1: 1-2, 3, 4, & 6 (R. 6a)
R/. The Lord guards the way of the just.
Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night. R/.
He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper. R/.
Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away like the wind.
For the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom. R/
A reading from the second letter of Staul to the Corinthians - 4:1-6
It is Jesus Christ that we are preaching.
Since we have by an act of mercy been entrusted with this work of administration, there is no weakening on our part. On the contrary, we will have none of the reticence of those who are ashamed, no deceitfulness or watering down the word of God; but the way we commend ourselves to every human being with a conscience is by stating the truth openly in the sight of God.
If our gospel does not penetrate the veil, then the veil is on those who are not on the way to salvation; the unbelievers whose minds the god of this world has blinded, to stop them seeing the light shed by the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
For it is not ourselves that we are preaching, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. It is the same God that said, 'let there be light shining out of the darkness,' who has shone in our minds to radiate the light of the knowege of God's glory, the glory on the face of Christ.
Gospel Acclamation - Mt. 5:8
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark - 10:17-30
Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, 'Come, follow me'.
Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, 'Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother'. And he said to him, 'Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days'.
Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, 'There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor,nd you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me'. But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.
Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!' The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, 'My children' he said to them, 'how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God'. They were more astonished than ever. 'In that case' they said to one another 'who can be saved?' Jesus gazed at them. 'For men' he said 'it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God'.
Peter took this up. 'What about us?' he asked him. 'We have left everything and followed you'. Jesus said, 'I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, chilrn or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land-not without persecutions-now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life'.
Prayer over the Gifts
our prayers rise up before you
as we present these offerings.
Following the example of Saint Albert of Trapani
may we give ourselves up
to the contemplation of your divine mysteries
without neglecting the needs of our brothers and sisters.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Mt 19:27-29
I solemnly tell you: those who have left everything and followed me will be repaid a hundredfold and will gain eternal life.
Prayer after Communion
we have been refreshed with food from heaven.
Following the example of Saint Albert of Trapani
may we ever draw closer to Christ
and serve with greater loyalty the Mother
of him who lives and reigns with you
for ever and ever.