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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2017-06-03:

  • Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs 2017:


    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.


    Easter Time.


    Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

    When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,
    with the soldier who was guarding him.

    Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.
    When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,
    although I had done nothing against our people
    or our ancestral customs,
    I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.
    After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
    because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.
    But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar,
    even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation.
    This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you
    and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel
    that I wear these chains.”

    He remained for two full years in his lodgings.
    He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance
    and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God
    and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.


    PS 11:4, 5 and 7

    R. (see 7b) The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD’s throne is in heaven.
    His eyes behold,
    his searching glance is on mankind.
    R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    R. Alleluia.
    The LORD searches the just and the wicked;
    the lover of violence he hates.
    For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds;
    the upright shall see his face.
    R. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
    R. Alleluia.


    Jn 21:20-25

    Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved,
    the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper
    and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?”
    When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
    Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come?
    What concern is it of yours?
    You follow me.”
    So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die.
    But Jesus had not told him that he would not die,
    just “What if I want him to remain until I come?
    What concern is it of yours?”

    It is this disciple who testifies to these things
    and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
    There are also many other things that Jesus did,
    but if these were to be described individually,
    I do not think the whole world would contain the books
    that would be written.

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