Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Eternal God, by Your grace St. Scholastica became a burning and shining light for Your people. St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, consecrated herself to You early in life and always remained faithful. She proclaimed the necessity of living so that “in all things God may be glorified.” Give us courage to follow her example to prefer nothing to Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit help us to share patiently in His sufferings, that we may be able to rejoice forever in His kingdom. Amen

Gospel

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way,
and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.

He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.


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