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Reading 1: Daniel 6:12-28
Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Gospel: Luke 21:20-28
Reading 1: Daniel 6:12-28
12 These men came along in a body and found Daniel praying and pleading with God.
13 They then went to the king and reminded him of the royal edict, ‘Have you not signed an edict forbidding anyone for the next thirty days to pray to anyone, divine or human, other than to yourself, Your Majesty, on pain of being thrown into the lions’ den?’ ‘The decision stands’ the king replied, ‘ as befits the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.’
14 They then said to the king, ‘Your Majesty, this man Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, disregards both you and the edict which you have signed: he is at his prayers three times each day.’
15 When the king heard these words he was deeply distressed and determined to save Daniel; he racked his brains until sunset to find some way to save him.
16 But the men kept pressing the king, ‘Your Majesty, remember that in conformity with the law of the Medes and the Persians, no edict or decree can be altered when once issued by the king.’
17 The king then ordered Daniel to be brought and thrown into the lion pit. The king said to Daniel, ‘Your God, whom you have served so faithfully, will have to save you.’
18 A stone was then brought and laid over the mouth of the pit; and the king sealed it with his own signet and with that of his noblemen, so that there could be no going back on the original decision about Daniel.
The king returned to his palace, spent the night in fasting and refused to receive any of his concubines. Sleep eluded him,
20 and at the first sign of dawn he got up and hurried to the lion pit.
21 As he approached the pit he called in anguished tones to Daniel, ‘Daniel, servant of the living God! Has your God, whom you serve so faithfully, been able to save you from the lions?’
22 Daniel answered the king, ‘May Your Majesty live for ever!
23 My God sent his angel who sealed the lions’ jaws; they did me no harm, since in his sight I am blameless; neither have I ever done you any wrong, Your Majesty.’
24 The king was overjoyed and ordered Daniel to be released from the pit. Daniel was released from the pit and found to be quite unhurt, because he had trusted in his God.
25 The king then sent for the men who had accused Daniel and had them thrown into the lion pit, and their wives and children too; and before they reached the floor of the pit the lions had seized them and crushed their bones to pieces.
26 King Darius then wrote to all nations, peoples and languages dwelling throughout the world: ‘May you prosper more and more!
27 This is my decree: Throughout every dominion of my realm, let all tremble with fear before the God of Daniel: He is the living God, he endures for ever, his kingdom will never be destroyed and his empire never come to an end.
28 He saves, sets free, and works signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth; he has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.’