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Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)
June 3, 2021

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1, 9-17; 8:4-9
    10 the angel said to the young man, "Brother, today we shall stay with Raguel. He is your relative, and he has an only daughter named Sarah. I will suggest that she be given to you in marriage,
    11 because you are entitled to her and to her inheritance, for you are her only eligible kinsman.
    1 When they reached Ecbatana and arrived at the house of Raguel, Sarah met them and greeted them. They returned her greeting, and she brought them into the house.
    9 So he communicated the proposal to Raguel. And Raguel said to Tobias, "Eat, drink, and be merry;
    10 for it is your right to take my child. But let me explain the true situation to you.
    11 I have given my daughter to seven husbands, and when each came to her he died in the night. But for the present be merry." And Tobias said, "I will eat nothing here until you make a binding agreement with me."
    12 So Raguel said, "Take her right now, in accordance with the law. You are her relative, and she is yours. The merciful God will guide you both for the best."
    13 Then he called his daughter Sarah, and taking her by the hand he gave her to Tobias to be his wife, saying, "Here she is; take her according to the law of Moses, and take her with you to your father." And he blessed them.
    14 Next he called his wife Edna, and took a scroll and wrote out the contract; and they set their seals to it.
    15 Then they began to eat.
    16 And Raguel called his wife Edna and said to her, "Sister, make up the other room, and take her into it."
    17 so she did as he said, and took her there; and the girl began to weep. But the mother comforted her daughter in her tears, and said to her,
    4 When the door was shut and the two were alone, Tobias got up from the bed and said, "Sister, get up, and let us pray that the Lord may have mercy upon us."
    5 And Tobias began to pray, "Blessed art thou, O God of our fathers, and blessed be thy holy and glorious name for ever. Let the heavens and all thy creatures bless thee.
    6 Thou madest Adam and gavest him Eve his wife as a helper and support. From them the race of mankind has sprung. Thou didst say, `It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make a helper for him like himself.'
    7 And now, O Lord, I am not taking this sister of mine because of lust, but with sincerity. Grant that I may find mercy and may grow old together with her."
    8 And she said with him, "Amen."
    9 Then they both went to sleep for the night. But Raguel arose and went and dug a grave,

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 128:1-5
    1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!
    2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
    3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
    4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.
    5 The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!

  • Gospel

    Mark 12:28-34
    28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
    29 Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
    30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
    31 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
    32 And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he;
    33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
    34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any question.

  • 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.

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