Thursday, December 13St. Lucy In the Gospel, Jesus sings the praises of John the Baptist, who will soon be martyred at the hands of Herod. Today the Church honors another martyr, St. Lucy, who died in AD 304 during a Roman persecution of Christians. She is said to have brought food to Christians hiding in the catacombs, wearing a wreath of candles to light her way. Lucy means “light,” and we remember her during this season of waiting for the Light of the World. Today’s Readings: Isaiah 41:13–20; Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10–11, 12–13ab; Matthew 11:11–15. © 2018 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Written by Barbara Matera. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on March 9, 2018.