Readings for Saturday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Year 1

First Reading
Rv 11:4-12

These two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:
Here are my two witnesses:
   These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands
   that stand before the Lord of the earth.
If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths
   and devours their enemies.
In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.
They have the power to close up the sky
   so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.
They also have power to turn water into blood
   and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.

When they have finished their testimony,
   the beast that comes up from the abyss
   will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.
Their corpses will lie in the main street of the great city,
   which has the symbolic names “Sodom” and “Egypt,”
   where indeed their Lord was crucified.
Those from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation
   will gaze on their corpses for three and a half days,
   and they will not allow their corpses to be buried.
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them
   and be glad and exchange gifts
   because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.
But after the three and a half days,
   a breath of life from God entered them.
When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them.
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, “Come up here.”
So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10

R. :

R. (1b) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
   who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

My mercy and my fortress,
   my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust,
   who subdues my people under me.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

O God, I will sing a new song to you;
   with a ten‑stringed lyre I will chant your praise,
You who give victory to kings,
   and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Year 2

First Reading
1 Mc 6:1-13

On account of the evils I did in Jerusalem, I am dying in bitter grief.

A reading from the first Book of Maccabees

As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,
   he heard that in Persia there was a city called Elymais,
   famous for its wealth in silver and gold,
   and that its temple was very rich,
   containing gold helmets, breastplates, and weapons
   left there by Alexander, son of Philip,
   king of Macedon, the first king of the Greeks.
He went therefore and tried to capture and pillage the city.
But he could not do so,
   because his plan became known to the people of the city
   who rose up in battle against him.
So he retreated and in great dismay withdrew from there
   to return to Babylon.

While he was in Persia, a messenger brought him news
   that the armies sent into the land of Judah had been put to flight;
   that Lysias had gone at first with a strong army
   and been driven back by the children of Israel;
   that they had grown strong
   by reason of the arms, men, and abundant possessions
   taken from the armies they had destroyed;
   that they had pulled down the Abomination
   which he had built upon the altar in Jerusalem;
   and that they had surrounded with high walls
   both the sanctuary, as it had been before,
   and his city of Beth-zur.

When the king heard this news,
   he was struck with fear and very much shaken.
Sick with grief because his designs had failed, he took to his bed.
There he remained many days, overwhelmed with sorrow,
   for he knew he was going to die.

So he called in all his Friends and said to them:
   “Sleep has departed from my eyes,
   for my heart is sinking with anxiety.
I said to myself: ‘Into what tribulation have I come,
   and in what floods of sorrow am I now!
Yet I was kindly and beloved in my rule.’
But I now recall the evils I did in Jerusalem,
   when I carried away all the vessels of gold and silver
   that were in it, and for no cause
   gave orders that the inhabitants of Judah be destroyed.
I know that this is why these evils have overtaken me;
   and now I am dying, in bitter grief, in a foreign land.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19

R. :

R. (see 16a) I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
   I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, Most High.

R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

Because my enemies are turned back,
   overthrown and destroyed before you.
You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
   their name you blotted out forever and ever.

R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
   in the snare they set, their foot is caught.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
   nor shall the hope of the afflicted forever perish.

R. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
See 2 Tim 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 20:27-40

He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
   came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
   “Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
   If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
   his brother must take the wife
   and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers;
   the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
   and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
   “The children of this age marry and remarry;
   but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
   and to the resurrection of the dead
   neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
   for they are like angels;
   and they are the children of God
   because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
   even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
   when he called “Lord,
   the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
   and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
   for to him all are alive.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
   “Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections

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