'Tis the festival of Saint Sixtus I, Pope & Martyr (circa 42-125, also spelt Xystus), seventh Bishop of Rome, martyred in the reign of the emperor Hadrian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Jan Franciszek Czaroryski, Priest & Martyr, O.P. (1897-1944, A.K.A. Father Michal), martyred in the reign of the Führer Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Martyrs of World War II: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link CVIII.
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Genesis, chapter seventeen, verses three thru nine;
Psalm One Hundred Five, verses four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter eight, verses fifty-one thru fifty-nine.
Commentary: Lenten Gospel reflections: Franciscan Media & Word on Fire.