03 June – Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time;
St Charles Lwanga & companions, martyrs
One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, St. Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages aged 13 to 30 from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands. For his own unwillingness to submit to the immoral acts and his efforts to safeguard the faith of his friends, Charles was burned to death at in 1886, by Mwanga’s order. When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs in 1964, he referred to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.
2 Peter 3:11-15, 17-18
You should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace. Think of our Lord’s patience as your opportunity to be saved. You have been warned about this, my friends; be careful not to get carried away by the errors of unprincipled people, from the firm ground that you are standing on. Instead, go on growing in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory, in time and in eternity. Amen.
The chief priests and the scribes and the elders sent to Jesus some Pharisees and some Herodians to catch him out in what he said. These came and said to him, ‘Master, we know you are an honest man, that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you, and that you teach the way of God in all honesty. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay, yes or no?’ Seeing through their hypocrisy he said to them, ‘Why do you set this trap for me? Hand me a denarius and let me see it.’ They handed him one and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they told him. Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’ This reply took them completely by surprise.
This reply took them completely by surprise.
Sometimes, we are upset because of people who have committed great injustices. But Peter wisely advises in his letter that we should not “get carried away by the errors of unprincipled people”, and instead live in God’s ways according to His Word.
Jesus shows us how. He saw through the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, but did not make a big fuss out of it. He concentrated on answering their question. It turned out that His answer was unexpected! You had to give Jesus some credit for style too – the answer was logical and calmly given!
Similarly for us, God requires us only to make our statements, verbally or otherwise, according to Him. Let us not be so quick to react emotionally to people’s wrongdoings, but make statements to stand out for the truth.
(Today’s reflection by Regina Xie)
Prayer: We pray to the Lord for wisdom to do what is right.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for those who constantly challenge us to live out our faith.
04 June, Wed – 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12; Mark 12:18-27
05 June, Thu – 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Mark 12:28-34
06 June, Fri – 2 Timothy 3:10-17; Mark 12:35-37
07 June, Sat – 2 Timothy 4:1-8; Mark 12:38-44
08 Jun, Sun – Hosea 6:3-6; Romans 4:18-25; Matthew 9:9-13; Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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