05 June – Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time;
St Boniface, Bishop and martyr
St. Boniface (martyred 754) was a missionary to Germany from 719. With the help of several assistants, he destroyed idols and pagan temples, and built churches in place of them. One tradition about St. Boniface says that he used the customs of the locals to help convert them. As bishop, he reformed churches in his see, and built religious houses in Germany. While evangelizing in Holland, St. Boniface was set upon by a troop of pagans, and he and 52 of his new flock were martyred. He is the patron of many groups, including World Youth Day.
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Remember the Good News that I carry, ‘Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David’; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen, so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.
Here is a saying that you can rely on:
If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.
If we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.
If we disown him, then he will disown us.
We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful,
for he cannot disown his own self.
Remind them of this; and tell them in the name of God that there is to be no wrangling about words: all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening. Do all you can to present yourself in front of God as a man who has come through his trials, and a man who has no cause to be ashamed of his life’s work and has kept a straight course with the message of the truth.
Lord, make me know your ways.
Today’s readings can be reflected upon as the Lord’s response to our plea in the responsorial psalm: Lord, make me know Your ways! How fitting today’s readings are for those of us who struggle to make sense of the present state of the world.
The Father answers this plea and shows us His ways in St Paul’s letter to Timothy. I found it most profound that “we may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful, for he cannot disown his own self”. That is the way of the Lord – ever faithful even when we are not. It also helps to know that He considers us to be in Him.
So God has responded. What is our response to His faithfulness? Jesus shows us the way we should take. To the person who has his heart in the right place, God reveals not only His ways, but also the paths we should take – like how He did with the scribe who sincerely asked Jesus, “What is the way to God?”
(Today’s reflection by Regina Xie)
Prayer: We pray to the Lord for a desire to see His ways and to walk the paths He lovingly shows us.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for His His faithfulness.
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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