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Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)
Perpetual light will shine on your Saints, O Lord,
and life without end for ever, alleluia. Cf. 4 Esdr 2:35
This is the one who was not deserted by God on the day of struggle
and now wears a crown of victory
for faithfulness to the Lord’s commands, alleluia.
May the Martyr Saint Boniface be our advocate, O Lord,
that we may firmly hold the faith
he taught with his lips and sealed in his blood
and confidently profess it by our deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 3:10-17
You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, persecutions that I endured. Yet from all these things the Lord delivered me. In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.
Though my persecutors and my foes are many,
I turn not away from your decrees. R.
Permanence is your word’s chief trait;
each of your just ordinances is everlasting. R.
Princes persecute me without cause
but my heart stands in awe of your word. R.
Those who love your law have great peace,
and for them there is no stumbling block. R.
I wait for your salvation, O Lord,
and your commands I fulfill. R.
I keep your precepts and your decrees,
for all my ways are before you. R.
Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him. Jn 14:23
As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:
The Lord said to my lord,
‘Sit at my right hand
until I place your enemies under your feet.’
David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son?” The great crowd heard this with delight.
Prayer over the Offerings
Receive, we pray, O Lord,
the sacrifice of conciliation and praise
which we offer to your majesty
in commemoration of the blessed Martyr Saint Boniface,
that it may lead us to obtain pardon
and confirm us in perpetual thanksgiving.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit, alleluia. Jn 12:24
How precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his holy ones, alleluia. Ps 116 (115):15
Prayer after Communion
We have received your heavenly gifts,
rejoicing at this feast day, O Lord;
grant, we pray, that we, who in this divine banquet
proclaim the Death of your Son,
may merit to be partakers with the holy Martyrs
in his Resurrection and his glory.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Today's Meditation: Mark 12:35-37
David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son? (Mark 12:37)
Are you a fan of brainteasers and riddles? You know, the ones that go like this: if the only sister of your mother’s only brother has an only child, what is that child’s relationship to you? (Answer: that child is you.)
The point of these puzzles is to get you thinking outside the box. And that’s the point of Jesus’ question in today’s Gospel: how could he be the son of David if David calls him Lord? If you were one of the scribes, you could answer part of the riddle. The scribes taught that the Messiah would indeed be the son of David, meaning “descendant” of David. But that didn’t explain how Jesus could also be David’s Lord. Unless you dared to think differently. Unless you understood that Jesus is more than a man—that he is God incarnate.
By asking this question, Jesus was trying to get the crowd and the scribes to see that the Messiah was more than they expected. He wasn’t an earthly king. He didn’t come to free Israel from Roman oppression. He came to free everyone from slavery to sin. Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Scriptures, not just the ones that spoke of Israel’s future freedom and prosperity.
What are your expectations of Jesus? What kind of box have you tried to confine him to? Maybe you think of him as a loving and forgiving God but one who is also carefully tallying up all your transgressions. Maybe you want a closer relationship with him, but you can’t help but picture him as unapproachable or distant. Maybe you believe Jesus can heal people, but you don’t think he would ever heal you or any of your loved ones.
God cannot be put into a box—and that’s really good news! Today, spend some time asking him to show you how you might be placing limits on him. He wants you to know him in a way that goes far beyond all your preconceived notions about who he is. Only as you lay aside your own ideas about the Lord can he show you just what a great, loving, forgiving, wonder-working God he truly is!
“Lord, I want to know you. Come and reveal more of yourself to me.”
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Psalm 119:157, 160-161, 165-166, 168
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