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Friday, June 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 12:35-37.


Friday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

5 June 2015

“How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David?

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12:35-37.

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Messiah 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.

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Friday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

5 June 2015

Commentary of the day

Catechism of the Catholic Church
§ 446-451

“David himself addresses him as ‘Lord’”

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the ineffable Hebrew name YHWH, by which God revealed himself to Moses (cf. Ex 3:14), is rendered as Kyrios, “Lord”. From then on, “Lord” becomes the more usual name by which to indicate the divinity of Israel’s God. The New Testament uses this full sense of the title “Lord” both for the Father and – what is new – for Jesus, who is thereby recognized as God Himself (cf. 1 Cor 2:8).

Jesus ascribes this title to himself in a veiled way when he disputes with the Pharisees about the meaning of Psalm 110, but also in an explicit way when he addresses his apostles (cf. Mt 22:41-46; Acts 2:34-36; Heb 1:13; Jn 13:13). Throughout his public life, he demonstrated his divine sovereignty by works of power over nature, illnesses, demons, death, and sin.

Very often in the Gospels people address Jesus as “Lord”. This title testifies to the respect and trust of those who approach him for help and healing (cf. Mt 8:2; 14:30; 15:22…). At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, “Lord” expresses the recognition of the divine mystery of Jesus (cf. Lk 1:43; 2:11). In the encounter with the risen Jesus, this title becomes adoration: “My Lord and my God!” It thus takes on a connotation of love and affection that remains proper to the Christian tradition: “It is the Lord!” (Jn 20:28; Jn 21:7)

By attributing to Jesus the divine title “Lord,” the first confessions of the Church’s faith affirm from the beginning that the power, honor, and glory due to God the Father are due also to Jesus, because “he was in the form of God,” (cf. Acts 2:34-36; Rom 9:5; Tit 2:13; Rev 5:13; Phil 2:6) and the Father manifested the sovereignty of Jesus by raising him from the dead and exalting him into his glory (cf. Rom 10:9; 1 Cor 12:3; Phil 2:9-11).

From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ’s lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Caesar is not “the Lord” (cf. Rev 11:15; Mk 12:17; Acts 5:29). “The Church …believes that the key, the center, and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”

Christian prayer is characterized by the title “Lord,” whether in the invitation to prayer (“The Lord be with you.”), its conclusion (“through Christ our Lord”), or the exclamation full of trust and hope: Maran atha (“Our Lord, come!”), or Marana tha (“Come, Lord!”) – “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (1 Cor 16:22; Rev 22:20)

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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Friday of the Ninth week in Ordinary Time

5 June 2015

Saint of the day

St. Boniface,

Bishop and Martyr (+754) – Memorial

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ST. BONIFACE
Bishop, Martyr
(+ 754)

        St. Boniface was born at Crediton in Devonshire, England, about the year 673. Some missionaries staying at his father’s house spoke to him of heavenly things, and inspired him with a wish to devote himself, as they did, to God.

He entered the monastery of Exminster, and was there trained for his apostolic work. His first attempt to convert the pagans in Holland having failed, he went to Rome to obtain the Pope’s blessing on his mission, and returned with authority to preach to the German tribes. It was a slow and dangerous task; his own life was in constant peril, while his flock was often reduced to abject poverty by the wandering robber bands. Yet his courage never flagged. He began with Bavaria and Thuringia, next visited Friesland, and then passed on to Hesse and Saxony, everywhere destroying the idol temples and raising churches on their site. He endeavored, as far as possible, to make every object of idolatry contribute in some way to the glory of God; on one occasion, having cut down on immense oak which was consecrated to Jupiter, he used the tree in building a church, which he dedicated to the Prince of the Apostles.

He was then recalled to Rome, consecrated Bishop by the Pope, and returned to extend and organize the rising German Church. With diligent care he reformed abuses among the existing clergy, and established religious houses throughout the land.

        At length, feeling his infirmities increase, and fearful of losing his martyr’s crown, Boniface appointed a successor to his monastery, and set out to convert a fresh pagan tribe. While St. Boniface was waiting to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to some newly-baptized Christians, a troop of pagans arrived armed with swords and spears. His attendants would have opposed them, but the Saint said to his followers: “My children cease your resistance; the long-expected day is come at last. Scripture forbids us to resist evil. Let us put our hope in God, He will save our souls.” Scarcely had he ceased speaking, when the barbarians fell upon him and slew him with all his attendants, to the number of fifty-two.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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