First Reading – Adapted from 1Kings 21:1-16
A man named Naboth had a vineyard in Jezreel, next to the palace of Ahab, the king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it is next to my house. I will give you a better vineyard in exchange or, if you prefer, I will pay you for it.” Naboth answered, “This vineyard was given to my ancestors, and I can not give it to you.” Ahab went home angry at Naboth’s answer. He laid down on his bed and would not eat.
His wife Jezebel came to him and said, “Why are you so angry that you will not eat?” He answered, “Because I spoke to Naboth and asked him to give me his vineyard, but he refused.” His wife said to him, “A fine ruler over Israel you are! Get up, eat and be cheerful. I will get Naboth’s vineyard for you.”
So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal, and she sent them to the leaders of the city where Naboth lived. This is what she wrote in the letters, “Get two liars and have them accuse Naboth of cursing God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” The leaders of the city did as Jezebel had ordered them in the letters. Two liars said, in front of the people, “Naboth has cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. Then they sent word to Jezebel that it had been done.
When Jezebel learned that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Take the vineyard that Naboth refused to sell you, because Naboth is dead.” When he heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab went down to the vineyard to take it.
Psalm 5:2-3B, 4B-7
Give ear to my words, O LORD;
give heed to my groaning.
Hearken to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for thee, and watch.
For thou art not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not sojourn with thee.
The boastful may not stand before thy eyes;
thou hatest all evildoers.
Thou destroyest those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors bloodthirsty and deceitful men.
Gospel – Adapted from Matthew 5:38-42
Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not get revenge on someone who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him. If anyone wants to take you to court over your shirt, give him your coat as well. If anyone makes you serve him for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who begs of you, and do not refuse someone who wants to borrow.”
Saint Germaine Cousin
Germaine’s mother died while she was an infant. She was often sick and had a deformed right hand. Her childhood was not a pleasant one as her father cared little for her. She was abused by her stepfamily. Germaine was often forced to sleep in the stable or a cupboard under the stairs. She was fed scraps, beaten, and scalded with hot water.
Germaine became a shepherdess at the age of nine. She prayed often and never missed Mass. She taught other children the faith while in the fields. Germaine was found dead on a pile of straw in 1601. In 1644 her casket was accidentally exhumed, and she was found to be incorrupt.