Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 1 Maccabees 6.1-13

King Antiochus was going through the higher countries,
and he heard that the city of Elymais in Persia
was greatly renowned, and abounding in silver and gold,
and that there was in it a temple, exceeding rich,
with coverings of gold, and breastplates, and shields
which Alexander, son of Philip, King of the Macedonians,
who first reigned over Greece, had left there.

So he came and sought to take the city and to pillage it,
but he was not able,
because the plan was known to those who were in the city,
and they rose up against him in battle.
He fled away from there,
and departed with great sadness,
and returned towards Babylon.

While he was in Persia, someone came and told him
that the armies in the land of Judah had been put to flight,
that Lysias went in with very great power,
and was put to flight before their face,
that they had grown strong by the armor,
and power, and store of spoils,
which they had gotten out of the camps
which they had destroyed,
that they had thrown down the abomination
which he had setup on the altar in Jerusalem,
and that they had compassed about the sanctuary
with high walls as before,
and even his own city Bethsura.

When the king heard these words,
he was struck with fear, and exceedingly upset.
He laid himself down upon his bed, and fell sick for grief,
because things had not gone as he had imagined.
He remained there many days;
great grief came more and more upon him,
and he realized that he would die.

He called for all his Friends, and said to them,
"Sleep is gone from my eyes, and I am fallen away,
and my heart is cast down by anxiety.
I said in my heart: 'How much tribulation has come to me,
and into what floods of sorrow I am now in.
I who was pleasant and beloved in my power!'
But now I remember the evils
that I have done in Jerusalem,
from where I took away all
the spoils of gold and silver that were in it,
and I ordered the destruction
of the inhabitants of Judah without cause.
I know therefore that for this cause
these evils have found me;
behold, I perish with great grief in a strange land."

Responsorial – Psalm 9.2-3,4+6,16+19 Resp. 16a

R. O Lord, I will rejoice in your salvation.

I will give praise to you, O Lord, with my whole heart.
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you.
I will sing to your name, O Most High.

R. O Lord, I will rejoice in your salvation.

My enemy shall be turned back:
they shall be weakened and perish before your face.
You have rebuked the nations, and the wicked have perished
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

R. O Lord, I will rejoice in your salvation.

The nations are stuck in the destruction which they have prepared.
Their foot has been taken in the very snare which they hid.
For the poor man shall not be forgotten in the end,
and the patience of the poor shall not perish forever.

R. O Lord, I will rejoice in your salvation.

Gospel – Luke 20.27-40

Some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection,
came to Jesus, and they asked him, saying:
“Master, Moses wrote for us: ‘If any man's brother dies, having a wife, and he leaves no children,
his brother should take her as his own wife, and raise up seed for his brother.’

There were once seven brothers:
the first took a wife, and died without children.
And the next took her as his wife, and he also died childless.
And the third took her. And in like manner all seven, and they left no children, and died.
Last of all, the woman died also.
In the resurrection therefore, whose wife shall she be? For all the seven had her as wife.”

And Jesus said to them,
“The sons and daughters of this world marry, and are given in marriage,
but those who shall be accounted worthy of that world,
and the resurrection from the dead,
shall neither be married nor take wives.
Nor can they die anymore,for they are equal to the angels,
and are the sons and daughters of God,
being the sons and daughters of the resurrection.

Now, that the dead are raised, even Moses showed,
at the bush, when he called the Lord:
the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
But he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live in him.”
And some of the scribes answering, said to him, “Teacher, you have said this well”,
and after that they did not dare ask him any more questions.

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