Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Timothy 1.1-3, 6-12

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus
through the will of God,
according to the promise
of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace,
from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I thank God, whom I serve
as my forefathers did,
with a pure conscience,
when I constantly remember you
in my petitions, night and day,

For this reason, I remind you
To enkindle anew the gift of God
which is in you
through the laying on of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear,
but of power, love, and self-control.
Therefore do not be ashamed
of the martyrdom of our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for him;
but take your share of suffering for the Gospel,
measured by the power of God.

He saved us and called us
with a holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given to us in Christ Jesus
before times eternal,
but has now been revealed
by the appearance of our Savior, Christ Jesus,
who abolished death,
and brought life and immortality
to light through the Gospel.
For this, I was appointed as
a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
For this cause I also suffer these things.
Yet I am not ashamed,
for I know him in whom I have believed,
and I am persuaded that he is able to
guard that which I have committed to him
against that day.

Responsorial – Psalm 123.1b-2ab, 2cdef Resp. 1b

R. To you Lord I lift up my eyes.

To you I lift up my eyes,
you who sit in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,

R. To you Lord I lift up my eyes.

as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes look to the Lord, our God,
until he has mercy on us.

R. To you Lord I lift up my eyes.

Gospel – Mark 12.18-27

There came to him Sadducees,
who say that there is no resurrection.
They asked him, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote to us,
‘If someone’s brother dies,
and leaves a wife behind him,
and leaves no children,
then his brother should take his wife,
and raise up offspring for his brother.’

There were seven brothers.
The first took a wife, and dying left no offspring.
The second took her, and died,
leaving no children behind him.
The third likewise;
and the seven took her and left no children.
Last of all the woman also died.
In the resurrection, when they rise,
whose wife will she be of them?
For the seven had her as a wife.”

Jesus answered them,
“Are you not mistaken,
not knowing the Scriptures,
nor the power of God?
For when they will rise from the dead,
they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage,
but are like angels in heaven.
But about the dead,
that they are raised;
have you not read in the book of Moses,
about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying,
‘I am the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob’?
He is not the God of the dead,
but of the living.
You are therefore badly mistaken.”

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