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Catholic Live Mass 22 March 2021 By St Peter & Paul’s Church Ireland
Reading 1, Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
1 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim.
2 He was married to a woman called Susanna daughter of Hilkiah, a woman of great beauty; and she was God-fearing, for
3 her parents were worthy people and had instructed their daughter in the Law of Moses.
4 Joakim was a very rich man and had a garden by his house; he used to be visited by a considerable number of the Jews, since he was held in greater respect than any other man.
5 Two elderly men had been selected from the people, that year, to act as judges. Of such the Lord had said, ‘Wickedness has come to Babylon through the elders and judges posing as guides to the people.’
6 These men were often at Joakim’s house, and all who were engaged in litigation used to come to them.
7 At midday, when the people had gone away, Susanna would take a walk in her husband’s garden.
8 The two elders, who used to watch her every day as she came in to take her walk, gradually began to desire her.
9 They threw reason aside, making no effort to turn their eyes to Heaven, and forgetting the demands of virtue.
15 So they waited for a favourable moment; and one day Susanna came as usual, accompanied only by two young maidservants. The day was hot and she wanted to bathe in the garden.
16 There was no one about except the two elders, spying on her from their hiding place.
17 She said to the servants, ‘Bring me some oil and balsam and shut the garden door while I bathe.’
19 Hardly were the maids gone than the two elders sprang up and rushed upon her.