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1 Maccabees 2:1-28
In those days Mattathias son of John son of Simeon, a priest of the family of Joarib, moved from Jerusalem and settled in Modein. He had five sons, John surnamed Gaddi, Simon called Thassi, Judas called Maccabeus, Eleazar called Avaran, and Jonathan called Apphus. He saw the blasphemies being committed in Judah and Jerusalem, and said, "Alas! Why was I born to see this, the ruin of my people, the ruin of the holy city, and to live there when it was given over to the enemy, the sanctuary given over to aliens? Her temple has become like a person without honor; her glorious vessels have been carried into exile. Her infants have been killed in her streets, her youths by the sword of the foe. What nation has not inherited her palaces and has not seized her spoils? All her adornment has been taken away; no longer free, she has become a slave. And see, our holy place, our beauty, and our glory have been laid waste; the Gentiles have profaned them. Why should we live any longer?" Then Mattathias and his sons tore their clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourned greatly. The king's officers who were enforcing the apostasy came to the town of Modein to make them offer sacrifice. Many from Israel came to them; and Mattathias and his sons were assembled. Then the king's officers spoke to Mattathias as follows: "You are a leader, honored and great in this town, and supported by sons and brothers. Now be the first to come and do what the king commands, as all the Gentiles and the people of Judah and those that are left in Jerusalem have done. Then you and your sons will be numbered among the Friends of the king, and you and your sons will be honored with silver and gold and many gifts." But Mattathias answered and said in a loud voice: "Even if all the nations that live under the rule of the king obey him, and have chosen to obey his commandments, everyone of them abandoning the religion of their ancestors, I and my sons and my brothers will continue to live by the covenant of our ancestors. Far be it from us to desert the law and the ordinances. We will not obey the king's words by turning aside from our religion to the right hand or to the left." When he had finished speaking these words, a Jew came forward in the sight of all to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein, according to the king's command. When Mattathias saw it, he burned with zeal and his heart was stirred. He gave vent to righteous anger; he ran and killed him on the altar. At the same time he killed the king's officer who was forcing them to sacrifice, and he tore down the altar. Thus he burned with zeal for the law, just as Phinehas did against Zimri son of Salu. Then Mattathias cried out in the town with a loud voice, saying: "Let every one who is zealous for the law and supports the covenant come out with me!" Then he and his sons fled to the hills and left all that they had in the town.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years.
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things." Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? "For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
Psalm 87Fundamenta ejus
1 On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; * the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 2 Glorious things are spoken of you, * O city of our God. 3 I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; * behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born. 4 Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, * and the Most High himself shall sustain her." 5 The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, * "These also were born there." 6 The singers and the dancers will say, * "All my fresh springs are in you."
Psalm 90Domine, refugium
1 Lord, you have been our refuge * from one generation to another. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, * from age to age you are God. 3 You turn us back to the dust and say, * "Go back, O child of earth." 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past * and like a watch in the night. 5 You sweep us away like a dream; * we fade away suddenly like the grass. 6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; * in the evening it is dried up and withered. 7 For we consume away in your displeasure; * we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation. 8 Our iniquities you have set before you, * and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. 9 When you are angry, all our days are gone; * we bring our years to an end like a sigh. 10 The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; * yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone. 11 Who regards the power of your wrath? * who rightly fears your indignation? 12 So teach us to number our days * that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? * be gracious to your servants. 14 Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; * so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life. 15 Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us * and the years in which we suffered adversity. 16 Show your servants your works * and your splendor to their children. 17 May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; * prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, * for his mercy endures for ever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, * for his mercy endures for ever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, * for his mercy endures for ever. 4 Who only does great wonders, * for his mercy endures for ever; 5 Who by wisdom made the heavens, * for his mercy endures for ever; 6 Who spread out the earth upon the waters, * for his mercy endures for ever; 7 Who created great lights, * for his mercy endures for ever; 8 The sun to rule the day, * for his mercy endures for ever; 9 The moon and the stars to govern the night, * for his mercy endures for ever. 10 Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, * for his mercy endures for ever; 11 And brought out Israel from among them, * for his mercy endures for ever; 12 With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, * for his mercy endures for ever; 13 Who divided the Red Sea in two, * for his mercy endures for ever; 14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, * for his mercy endures for ever; 15 But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, * for his mercy endures for ever; 16 Who led his people through the wilderness, * for his mercy endures for ever. 17 Who struck down great kings, * for his mercy endures for ever; 18 And slew mighty kings, * for his mercy endures for ever; 19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, * for his mercy endures for ever; 20 And Og, the king of Bashan, * for his mercy endures for ever; 21 And gave away their lands for an inheritance, * for his mercy endures for ever; 22 An inheritance for Israel his servant, * for his mercy endures for ever. 23 Who remembered us in our low estate, * for his mercy endures for ever; 24 And delivered us from our enemies, * for his mercy endures for ever; 25 Who gives food to all creatures, * for his mercy endures for ever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, * for his mercy endures for ever.
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