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Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
June 2, 2020

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18
    12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!
    13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
    15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
    17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability.
    18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16
    2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
    3 Thou turnest man back to the dust, and sayest, "Turn back, O children of men!"
    4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
    10 The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
    14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
    16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants, and thy glorious power to their children.

  • Gospel

    Mark 12:13-17
    13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Hero'di-ans, to entrap him in his talk.
    14 And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
    15 Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it."
    16 And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's."
    17 Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
    1 It 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.
    2 One 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."
    9 And 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."
    10 After 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,
    11 and 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."
    12 As a result the king himself and those with him were astonished at the young man's spirit, for he regarded his sufferings as nothing.
    13 When he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way.
    14 And 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!"

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 124:2-5, 7-8
    2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us,
    3 then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
    4 then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
    5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.
    7 We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
    8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 5:1-12
    1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
    2 And 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.
    12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.