9th Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 5th June 2020

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St Boniface, bishop & martyr

9th Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 5th June 2020

2 Tim. 3:10-17; Ps. 119(118):157,160,161,
165,166,168; Mk. 12:35-37 (Ps Wk I)

As Paul neared the end of his life, he offered that life as a testimony to Timothy. All that he had accomplished and suffered was for the sake of the Gospel.

Timothy was urged to model his own life and ministry on that of Paul. But there was something more: Paul had an answer to those who felt that the Old Testament was obsolete and no longer of use. He insisted that all scripture was inspired by God and suitable for moral and spiritual formation. Perhaps we can make a greater effort to model our lives on the examples and teachings given in Scripture.

Jesus upset some of his audience by insisting that he was far more than the Son of David. He used Scripture itself as proof that the Messiah could not be the Son of David. People often think that they understand the religious tradition thoroughly, but time and time again Jesus shows us that our understanding is shallow and partial.

It is always good to come before the Lord without thinking that we have him all figured out. The Lord always pulls away from any label we try to place on him. It is far better to let him do the teaching and us do the listening and learning. Being aware of how little we know and understand is the first step to enlightenment.

Lord, illuminate my mind and soul.

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