Revelation 11:4-12 
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth.5 And if any one would harm them, fire pours out from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed.
6 They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will make war upon them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
9 For three days and a half men from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,
10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up hither!” And in the sight of their foes they went up to heaven in a cloud.

Luke 20:27-40
27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection,28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the wife and raise up children for his brother.
29 Now there were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and died without children;30 and the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died.32 Afterward the woman also died.
33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage;35 but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,36 for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.”39 And some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.


THE FIRST READING allude to two witnesses clothed in sacloth described as two olive trees implying they were filled with the Word, whilst proclaiming the word. Scholars suggest that the two witnesses refer to; Enoch and Elijah a duo who proclaimed the truth and fighting evil, who were taken up to heaven.These two men are formally received into heaven (v. 11-12). John refer to the great city Jerusalem as Sodom and Egypt, implying that the city has lost its standing as a holy place after the death and ressurection of Christ, having become a place of debaucherous evil. 

THE GOSPEL READING: The Sadducees entered into a debate with Christ trying to rubbish His teaching that all men are called to heaven, by pointing to one women who had multiple husbands one after the other. Our Lord rebut His interlocuters (v34) argument by referring to holy women and consacrated men who give up their temporal desires to marry, for a greater good to live virtuous lives becoming daughters and sons of the ressurection. 

Christ makes the point that His Father is a God of the living, implying that those who have sacrificed their lives in persuit of chastity whilst proclaiming the unadulterated Good News without fear or favor, shall receive a heavenly reward. We are called to pray for our clergy who are seemgly being coherst or pressured to affirm or promote disordered polyamorous homosexual relationships, which the Church reject. Catechism 2357 Pope Francis has clearly stated in his Apostolic letter “Responsum of the congregation…” that the Catholic Church cannot “bless” or affirm same sex relationships which would be akin to promoting lifestyles that saw ‘decomposed bodies of the people of Sodom and Egypt, rotting in the street.’ Rev 11:8 

LET US PRAY:Psalms 144:1-2,9-10,

1 A Psalm of David.
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;2 my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under him.
9 I will sing a new song to thee, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to thee,10 who givest victory to kings, who rescuest David thy servant.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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