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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2021-06-03:

  • Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs 2021:


    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 6:10-11;7:1bcde, 9-17;8:4-9a

    When the angel Raphael and Tobiah had entered Media
    and were getting close to Ecbatana,
    Raphael said to the boy,
    “Tobiah, my brother!”
    He replied: “Here I am!”
    He said: “Tonight we must stay with Raguel, who is a relative of yours.
    He has a daughter named Sarah.”

    So he brought him to the house of Raguel,
    whom they found seated by his courtyard gate.
    They greeted him first.
    He said to them, “Greetings to you too, brothers!
    Good health to you, and welcome!”
    And he brought them into his home.

    Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock
    and gave them a cordial reception.
    When they had bathed and reclined to eat, Tobiah said to Raphael,
    “Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to let me marry
    my kinswoman Sarah.”
    Raguel overheard the words;so he said to the boy:
    “Eat and drink and be merry tonight,
    for no man is more entitled
    to marry my daughter Sarah than you, brother.
    Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you,
    because you are my closest relative.
    But I will explain the situation to you very frankly.
    I have given her in marriage to seven men,
    all of whom were kinsmen of ours,
    and all died on the very night they approached her.
    But now, son, eat and drink.
    I am sure the Lord will look after you both.”
    Tobiah answered,
    “I will eat or drink nothing until you set aside what belongs to me.”

    Raguel said to him: “I will do it.
    She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses.
    Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!
    Take your kinswoman;
    from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved.
    She is yours today and ever after.
    And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both.
    May he grant you mercy and peace.”
    Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him.
    He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words:
    “Take her according to the law.
    According to the decree written in the Book of Moses
    she is your wife.
    Take her and bring her back safely to your father.
    And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”
    Raguel then called Sarah’s mother and told her to bring a scroll,
    so that he might draw up a marriage contract
    stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife
    according to the decree of the Mosaic law.
    Her mother brought the scroll,
    and Raguel drew up the contract, to which they affixed their seals.

    Afterward they began to eat and drink.
    Later Raguel called his wife Edna and said,
    “My love, prepare the other bedroom and bring the girl there.”
    She went and made the bed in the room, as she was told,
    and brought the girl there.
    After she had cried over her, she wiped away the tears and said:
    “Be brave, my daughter.
    May the Lord grant you joy in place of your grief.
    Courage, my daughter.”
    Then she left.

    When the girl’s parents left the bedroom
    and closed the door behind them,
    Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife,
    “My love, get up.
    Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us
    and to grant us deliverance.”
    She got up, and they started to pray
    and beg that deliverance might be theirs.
    And they began to say:

    “Blessed are you, O God of our fathers,
    praised be your name forever and ever.
    Let the heavens and all your creation
    praise you forever.
    You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve
    to be his help and support;
    and from these two the human race descended.
    You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone;
    let us make him a partner like himself.’
    Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine
    not because of lust,
    but for a noble purpose.
    Call down your mercy on me and on her,
    and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”

    They said together, “Amen, amen,” and went to bed for the night.


    PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

    R. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
    who walk in his ways!
    For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
    Blessed shall you be, and favored.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    in the recesses of your home;
    Your children like olive plants
    around your table.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
    Behold, thus is the man blessed
    who fears the LORD.
    The LORD bless you from Zion:
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
    R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.


    Mk 12:28-34

    One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
    "Which is the first of all the commandments?"
    Jesus replied, "The first is this:
    Hear, O Israel!
    The Lord our God is Lord alone!
    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
    with all your soul, with all your mind,
    and with all your strength.
    The second is this:
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    There is no other commandment greater than these."
    The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.
    You are right in saying,
    He is One and there is no other than he.
    And to love him with all your heart,
    with all your understanding,
    with all your strength,
    and to love your neighbor as yourself
    is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
    And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
    he said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."
    And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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