04 June – Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1: 1-3, 6-12
From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of mine, wishing you grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
Night and day I thank God, keeping my conscience clear and remembering my duty to him as my ancestors did, and always I remember you in my prayers.
This is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy – not because of anything we ourselves have done but for his own purpose and by his own grace. This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has only been revealed by the Appearing of our saviour Christ Jesus. He abolished death, and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News; and I have been named its herald, its apostle and its teacher.
It is only on account of this that I am experiencing fresh hardships here now; but I have not lost confidence, because I know who it is that I have put my trust in, and I have no doubt at all that he is able to take care of all that I have entrusted to him until that Day.
Some Sadducees – who deny that there is a resurrection – came to Jesus and they put this question to him, ‘Master, we have it from Moses in writing, if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a wife and then died leaving no children. The second married the widow, and he too died leaving no children; with the third it was the same, and none of the seven left any children. Last of all the woman herself died. Now at the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all seven?’
Jesus said to them, ‘Is not the reason why you go wrong, that you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, men and women to not marry; no, they are like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising again, have you never read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the Bus, how God spoke to him and said: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Issac and the God of Jacob? He is God, not of the dead, but of the living. You are very much mistaken.’
You understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God.
As you might have noticed, the Jewish leaders took turns to question Jesus. This was often not because they sincerely wanted to know what He taught, but to trap Him! This is a good time to ask ourselves whether we do something similar during prayer, and recall any instances where we approach God wishing to hear something that we like.
When Jesus answered the Sadducees’ question, He began with telling them that they had to properly understand the scriptures and God’s power. This may be the solution to our “spoilt brat” attitudes during prayer. Our understanding of the Word will affect how we approach God, and can help us to be less of challengers ranting at God and more of seekers of truth and love.
Will you ponder on the Word and allow yourself to be amazed by God’s power today? Here’s one thing in the readings today to be amazed about: we never really die. When we are done with our human lives, we live a life quite different from what we experience now, and it will be all God’s doing.
(Today’s reflection by Regina Xie)
Prayer: We pray to the Lord for the heart to ponder on Him and His Word.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for His creative work.
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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