READING I: Jeremiah 17:5-10
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
GOSPEL: Luke 16:19-31
John Ciudad (later known as Saint John of God) born in 1495, was not the stuff of saints. Aged 8 he ran away from home and never saw his parents again. He worked as a shepherd and at 27 joined the Spanish army to fight against France. A gambler and drinker, he made no effort at the Christian life. After the war he went back to work as a shepherd but went again to war a few years later. During this war in Africa he vowed to change. On return he sought out his parents but they were both dead.
It was a sermon by St John of Avila that finally changed John. After this he spent his life helping the poor and sick and is considered the founder of the Hospitallers, a religious order dedicated to the care of the sick. There motto is as follows:
“Without discrimination, we aim to ensure freedom of choice, personal advancement and support for the exercise of human and civil rights.”