07 June – Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching. The time is sure to come when, far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then, instead of listening to the truth, they will turn to myths. Be careful always to choose the right course; be brave under trials; make the preaching of the Good News your life’s work, in throughgoing service.
As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.
In his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’
He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow cam and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’
My lips will tell of your justice, O Lord.
I am quietly disturbed when I see parishioners all nicely dressed – some more pleasant-looking than others – wearing branded clothes and carrying expensive bags. Call me self-righteous, but there might be something about the way we dress and engage in all the church work we would like to do that is not quite right sometimes. It reminds me of the scribes in the Gospel reading.
Today’s readings highlight two things. The first is justice. The second is giving our all to the Lord. I once read that justice is “to render to one’s neighbour his or her due, addressing the root causes of problems and resolving unfairness and inequalities.” Nowadays working for justice is commonly attributed to a select few. We think that justice is for policemen, lawyers, social workers and the like. The rest of us have no time for the needy. Even the writer of this reflection is guilty of that.
Envision for a moment what it would be like if you worked for justice. A Christian who truly works for justice does it for God because He has appealed to us to look after the needy. To make sure justice is done unto the weak would require generosity of time, effort and maybe even money. What are we going to do about our nice bags and clothes?
(Today’s reflection by Regina Xie)
Prayer: We pray to the Lord to remove any indifference towards the sufferings of others in our hearts.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for His love for the needy.
08 Jun, Sun – Hosea 6:3-6; Romans 4:18-25; Matthew 9:9-13; Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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