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2 Maccabees 12:43-46


2 Maccabees 12:43-46

OLD TESTAMENT READING (First Reading)
 
2 Maccabees 12:43-46
 
A reading from the second Book of Maccabees
 
Judas, the ruler of Israel, took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.  In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.  But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.  Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.
 
 
The word of the Lord.

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