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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Friday, 2022-02-04:

  • St. Joseph of Leonessa, Capuchin, Priest 2022:


    Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15

    4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.5And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? -- "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.6For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons;for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?11For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant;later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.12Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.14Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.15See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God;that no "root of bitterness" spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled;


    Psalms 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18

    1Bless the LORD, O my soul;and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 13As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him. 14For he knows our frame;he remembers that we are dust. 17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, 18to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.


    Mark 6:1-6

    1He went away from there and came to his own country;and his disciples followed him. 2And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue;and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. 4And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." 5And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. 6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.


    Ordinary Time.


    Sir 47:2-11

    Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,
    so was David in Israel.
    He made sport of lions as though they were kids,
    and of bears, like lambs of the flock.
    As a youth he slew the giant
    and wiped out the people's disgrace,
    When his hand let fly the slingstone
    that crushed the pride of Goliath.
    Since he called upon the Most High God,
    who gave strength to his right arm
    To defeat the skilled warrior
    and raise up the might of his people,
    Therefore the women sang his praises,
    and ascribed to him tens of thousands
    and praised him when they blessed the Lord.
    When he assumed the royal crown, he battled
    and subdued the enemy on every side.
    He destroyed the hostile Philistines
    and shattered their power till our own day.
    With his every deed he offered thanks
    to God Most High, in words of praise.
    With his whole being he loved his Maker
    and daily had his praises sung;
    He set singers before the altar and by their voices
    he made sweet melodies,
    He added beauty to the feasts
    and solemnized the seasons of each year
    So that when the Holy Name was praised,
    before daybreak the sanctuary would resound.
    The LORD forgave him his sins
    and exalted his strength forever;
    He conferred on him the rights of royalty
    and established his throne in Israel.


    Ps 18:31, 47 and 50, 51

    R. (see 47b) Blessed be God my salvation!
    God's way is unerring,
    the promise of the LORD is fire-tried;
    he is a shield to all who take refuge in him.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!
    The LORD live! And blessed be my Rock!
    Extolled be God my savior.
    Therefore will I proclaim you, O LORD, among the nations,
    and I will sing praise to your name.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!
    You who gave great victories to your king
    and showed kindness to your anointed,
    to David and his posterity forever.
    R. Blessed be God my salvation!


    Mk 6:14-29

    King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
    and people were saying,
    "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
    that is why mighty powers are at work in him."
    Others were saying, "He is Elijah";
    still others, "He is a prophet like any of the prophets."
    But when Herod learned of it, he said,
    "It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up."

    Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
    on account of Herodias,
    the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
    John had said to Herod,
    "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
    Herodias harbored a grudge against him
    and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
    Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
    and kept him in custody.
    When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
    yet he liked to listen to him.
    Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
    gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
    and the leading men of Galilee.
    His own daughter came in and performed a dance
    that delighted Herod and his guests.
    The king said to the girl,
    "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you."
    He even swore many things to her,
    "I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
    even to half of my kingdom."
    She went out and said to her mother,
    "What shall I ask for?"
    Her mother replied, "The head of John the Baptist."
    The girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request,
    "I want you to give me at once on a platter
    the head of John the Baptist."
    The king was deeply distressed,
    but because of his oaths and the guests
    he did not wish to break his word to her.
    So he promptly dispatched an executioner
    with orders to bring back his head.
    He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
    He brought in the head on a platter
    and gave it to the girl.
    The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
    When his disciples heard about it,
    they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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