Saturday, June 10, 2017
MONDAY, 9TH Week in Ordinary Time
June 5, 2017 – MONDAY, 9TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
Tb 1:3; 2:1a- 8 / Mk 12:1 – 12
St. Boniface (680- 754), a Benedictine monk born in England, was consecrated the first Bishop in Germany (Mainz). Martyred with thirty companions in Frisia, he is known as the Apostle of Germany.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Tb 1: 3
I, Tobit, have walked in the ways of truth and justice all the days of my life; I have given many alms to my brethren and to those of my countrymen who were deported with me to Nineveh, a city in the country of the Assyrians.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 12:1-12
Using parables Jesus went on to say, "A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a hole for the wine press and built a watch tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenants and went abroad.
"In due time he sent a servant to receive from the tenants his share of the fruit. But they seized the servant, struck him and sent him back empty-handed. Again the man sent another servant. They also struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent another and they killed him. In the same way they treated many others; some they struck and others they killed.
"One was still left, his beloved son. And so, last of all, he sent him to the tenants; for he said, 'They will respect my son.'
"But those tenants said to one another: 'This is the one who will inherit the vineyard. Let's kill him and the property will be ours.' So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. Now, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others."
And Jesus added, "Have you not read this text of the Scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected has become the keystone. This was the Lord's doing; and we marvel at it."
They wanted to arrest him for they realized that Jesus meant this parable for them; but they were afraid of the crowd. So they left him and went away.
Our Christian vocation may be summed up very simply, "to love." As St. Augustine of Hippo said, "Love and do whatever you wish."
The first reading speaks of Tobit who was very helpful and charitable to others, despite many problems and difficulties. He was rewarded by having his sight restored.
The Gospel reading gives us a parable on how God's love and trust are not appreciated but are in fact rejected, even to maltreating and killing his messengers and son.
lgnatian spirituality speaks of "gratuitous love." The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius begins with the exercitant recognizing God's gratuitous love for him/her shown by his creative love, redeeming love in his Son, and never-ending forgiving love and mercy. How else can one respond except by showing him similar gratuitous love?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BONIFACE HTWAI AUNG
ERIC & CYNTHIA GALE
WILSON LIM & ESTELA GO LIM
ANIE, LEANNE, MIKE, ARIEL, & LENIE
PHILIPPINE BRITISH ASSURANCE COMPANY, INC.
IN MEMORIAM (†)
WILLIAM SIOCO LUY (JUN. 18,1954 -JUN. 5, 1995)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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