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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2023-06-03:

  • Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs 2023:


    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.


    Sir 51:12 cd-20

    I thank the LORD and I praise him;
    I bless the name of the LORD.
    When I was young and innocent,
    I sought wisdom openly in my prayer
    I prayed for her before the temple,
    and I will seek her until the end,
    and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
    My heart delighted in her,
    My feet kept to the level path
    because from earliest youth I was familiar with her.
    In the short time I paid heed,
    I met with great instruction.
    Since in this way I have profited,
    I will give my teacher grateful praise.
    I became resolutely devoted to her—
    the good I persistently strove for.
    My soul was tormented in seeking her,
    My hand opened her gate
    and I came to know her secrets.
    I directed my soul to her,
    and in cleanness I attained to her.


    PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

    R. (9ab) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
    The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart.
    The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
    The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
    They are more precious than gold,
    than a heap of purest gold;
    Sweeter also than syrup
    or honey from the comb.
    R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

    Alleluia See Col 3:16a, 17c

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;
    giving thanks to God the Father through him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    Mk 11:27-33

    Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem.
    As he was walking in the temple area,
    the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders
    approached him and said to him,
    "By what authority are you doing these things?
    Or who gave you this authority to do them?"
    Jesus said to them, "I shall ask you one question.
    Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
    Was John's baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me."
    They discussed this among themselves and said,
    "If we say, 'Of heavenly origin,' he will say,
    'Then why did you not believe him?'
    But shall we say, 'Of human origin'?"--
    they feared the crowd,
    for they all thought John really was a prophet.
    So they said to Jesus in reply, "We do not know."
    Then Jesus said to them,
    "Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things."

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