Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time (II)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Revelation 11.4-12

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me,
“My two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands,
standing before the Lord of the earth.
If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies.
If anyone desires to harm them, he shall be killed in this way.
They have the power to shut up the sky, so that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy.
They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood,
and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
When they have finished their testimony,
the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
Their dead bodies will be in the street of the great city,
which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
From among the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations,
people will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days,
and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
Those who dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and they will be glad.
They will give gifts to one another,
because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

After the three and a half days,
the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet.
Great fear fell on those who saw them.
I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!”
They went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies saw them.

Responsorial – Psalm 144.1b, 2, 9-10 Resp. 1

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle:

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

My loving kindness, my fortress,
my high tower, my deliverer,
my shield, and he in whom I take refuge;
who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

I will sing a new song to you, God.
On a ten-stringed lyre, I will sing praises to you.
You are he who gives salvation to kings,
who rescues David, his servant, from the deadly sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my rock!

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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