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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2015-06-03:

  • Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs 2015:


    2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

    1It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine's flesh. 2One of them, acting as their spokesman, said, "What do you intend to ask and learn from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers." 9And when he was at his last breath, he said, "You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws." 10After him, the third was the victim of their sport. When it was demanded, he quickly put out his tongue and courageously stretched forth his hands, 11and said nobly, "I got these from Heaven, and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back again." 12As a result the king himself and those with him were astonished at the young man's spirit, for he regarded his sufferings as nothing. 13When he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way. 14And when he was near death, he said, "One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!"


    Psalms 124:2-5, 7-8

    2if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us, 3then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;4then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;5then over us would have gone the raging waters. 7We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;the snare is broken, and we have escaped! 8Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.


    Matthew 5:1-12

    1Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. 2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. 8"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.


    Ordinary Time.


    Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a

    Grief-stricken in spirit, I, Tobit, groaned and wept aloud.
    Then with sobs I began to pray:

    “You are righteous, O Lord,
    and all your deeds are just;
    All your ways are mercy and truth;
    you are the judge of the world.
    And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me,
    and look with favor upon me.
    Punish me not for my sins,
    nor for my inadvertent offenses,
    nor for those of my ancestors.

    “We sinned against you,
    and disobeyed your commandments.
    So you handed us over to plundering, exile, and death,
    till you made us the talk and reproach of all the nations
    among whom you had dispersed us.

    “Yes, your judgments are many and true
    in dealing with me as my sins
    and those of my ancestors deserve.
    For we have not kept your commandments,
    nor have we trodden the paths of truth before you.

    “So now, deal with me as you please,
    and command my life breath to be taken from me,
    that I may go from the face of the earth into dust.
    It is better for me to die than to live,
    because I have heard insulting calumnies,
    and I am overwhelmed with grief.

    “Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish;
    let me go to the everlasting abode;
    Lord, refuse me not.
    For it is better for me to die
    than to endure so much misery in life,
    and to hear these insults!”

    On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media,
    it so happened that Raguel’s daughter Sarah
    also had to listen to abuse,
    from one of her father’s maids.
    For she had been married to seven husbands,
    but the wicked demon Asmodeus killed them off
    before they could have intercourse with her,
    as it is prescribed for wives.
    So the maid said to her:
    “You are the one who strangles your husbands!
    Look at you!
    You have already been married seven times,
    but you have had no joy with any one of your husbands.
    Why do you beat us? Is it on account of your seven husbands,
    Because they are dead?
    May we never see a son or daughter of yours!”

    The girl was deeply saddened that day,
    and she went into an upper chamber of her house,
    where she planned to hang herself.

    But she reconsidered, saying to herself:
    “No! People would level this insult against my father:
    ‘You had only one beloved daughter,
    but she hanged herself because of ill fortune!’
    And thus would I cause my father in his old age
    to go down to the nether world laden with sorrow.
    It is far better for me not to hang myself,
    but to beg the Lord to have me die,
    so that I need no longer live to hear such insults.”

    At that time, then, she spread out her hands,
    and facing the window, poured out her prayer:

    “Blessed are you, O Lord, merciful God,
    and blessed is your holy and honorable name.
    Blessed are you in all your works for ever!”

    At that very time,
    the prayer of these two suppliants
    was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God.
    So Raphael was sent to heal them both:
    to remove the cataracts from Tobit’s eyes,
    so that he might again see God’s sunlight;
    and to marry Raguel’s daughter Sarah to Tobit’s son Tobiah,
    and then drive the wicked demon Asmodeus from her.


    PS 25:2-3, 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9

    R. (1) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    In you I trust;let me not be put to shame,
    let not my enemies exult over me.
    No one who waits for you shall be put to shame;
    those shall be put to shame who heedlessly break faith.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
    teach me your paths,
    Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my savior.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
    and your kindness are from of old.
    In your kindness remember me,
    because of your goodness, O LORD.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    Good and upright is the LORD;
    thus he shows sinners the way.
    He guides the humble to justice,
    he teaches the humble his way.
    R. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.


    Mk 12:18-27

    Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,
    came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying,
    "Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
    If someone's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child,
    his brother must take the wife
    and raise up descendants for his brother.
    Now there were seven brothers.
    The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants.
    So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants,
    and the third likewise.
    And the seven left no descendants.
    Last of all the woman also died.
    At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be?
    For all seven had been married to her."
    Jesus said to them, "Are you not misled
    because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
    When they rise from the dead,
    they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
    but they are like the angels in heaven.
    As for the dead being raised,
    have you not read in the Book of Moses,
    in the passage about the bush, how God told him,
    I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
    and the God of Jacob?
    He is not God of the dead but of the living.
    You are greatly misled."

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