Second Timothy 1: 1- 3, 6- 12
1:1 Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, in accord with the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,
1:2 to Timothy, most beloved son. Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
1:3 I give thanks to God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. For without ceasing I hold the remembrance of you in my prayers, night and day,
1:6 Because of this, I admonish you to revive the grace of God, which is in you by the imposition of my hands.
1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of virtue, and of love, and of self-restraint.
1:8 And so, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner. Instead, collaborate with the Gospel in accord with the virtue of God,
1:9 who has freed us and has called us to his holy vocation, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus, before the ages of time.
1:10 And this has now been made manifest by the illumination of our Savior Jesus Christ, who certainly has destroyed death, and who has also illuminated life and incorruption through the Gospel.
1:11 Of this Gospel, I have been appointed a preacher, and an Apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
1:12 For this reason, I also suffer these things. But I am not confounded. For I know in whom I have believed, and I am certain that he has the power to preserve what was entrusted to me, unto that day.
The Holy Gospel According to Mark 12: 18-27
12:18 And the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, approached him. And they questioned him, saying:
12:19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if any man’s brother will have died and left behind a wife, and not have left behind sons, his brother should take his wife to himself and should raise up offspring for his brother.
12:20 So then, there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and he died without leaving behind offspring.
12:21 And the second took her, and he died. And neither did he leave behind offspring. And the third acted similarly.
12:22 And in like manner, each of the seven received her and did not leave behind offspring. Last of all, the woman also died.
12:23 Therefore, in the resurrection, when they will rise again, to which of them will she be a wife? For each of the seven had her as wife.”
12:24 And Jesus responded by saying to them: “But have you not gone astray, by knowing neither the scriptures, nor the power of God?
12:25 For when they will be resurrected from the dead, they shall neither marry, nor be given in marriage, but they are like the Angels in heaven.
12:26 But concerning the dead who rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, how God spoke to him from the bush, saying: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’
12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Therefore, you have gone far astray.”