Baltimore Catechism

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 1 Mc 6:1-13; PS 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19; Lk 20:27-40
Notes: King Antiochus, dies a defeated oppressor, realizes the depth of his self delusion.

Life: God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven (Baltimore Catechism).

First reading
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.

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.

A death bed confession.

Responsorial Psalm
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.

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

Gospel Portion
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus.

For the Sadducees, the final question about the Resurrection.
And they no longer dared to ask him anything (Luke version. Mark ends with the Greatest Commandment).

Jesus replied:

“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.”

God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven (Baltimore Catechism).

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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