May 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 92

LITURGY for MONDAY and TUESDAY - May 15 and 16, 2000

Monday, May 15, 2000

      First Reading: Acts 11: 1-18
      Psalms: Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
      Gospel Reading: John 10: 1-10

Saint Isidore, Farmer and Married Man

        Not to be confused with Saint Isidore of Seville who lived six centuries before, this Saint Isidore was born in Madrid, Spain and farmed the fertile land of a wealthy Madrid nobleman. From his early days Isidore was devoted to God and never missed a day of Mass, often being accused of neglecting his work. However, Isidore replied to his employer, "I know, sir, that I am your servant but I have another Master as well, to Whom I owe service and obedience." The nobleman employer was understanding for he beheld two strangers helping Isidore plough and understood them to be angels to make up the work Isidore missed while at Mass. He grew to love Isidore and offered him riches, but Isidore gracefully declined, asking that the money go to the poor to whom he had a great love, often bringing food to those less fortunate. He tended all the livestock with love for they, too, were God's creatures. He died peacefully on May 15, 1130 and since his canonization has been revered as the Patron of Farmers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2000

      First Reading: Acts 11: 19-26
      Psalms: Psalm 87: 1-7
      Gospel Reading: John 10: 22-30


May 15, 2000
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