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Posted on 06/05/2004 8:52:12 AM PDT by Salvation

June 5, 2004
Memorial of Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr

Psalm: Saturday 25 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Gospel

Reading I
2 Tm 4:1-8

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
and will be diverted to myths.
But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
put up with hardship;
perform the work of an evangelist;
fulfill your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well;
I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22

R (see 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your glory day by day.
Cast me not off in my old age;
as my strength fails, forsake me not.
R I will sing of your salvation.
But I will always hope
and praise you ever more and more.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
R I will sing of your salvation.
I will treat of the mighty works of the Lord;
O GOD, I will tell of your singular justice.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R I will sing of your salvation.
So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre,
for your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing your praises with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel!
R I will sing of your salvation.

Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext,
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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From: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Dedication to Preaching

[1] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to
judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
[2] preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince,
rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. [3] For
the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but
having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to
suit their own liking, [4] and will turn away from listening to the
truth and wander into myths. [5] As for you, always be steady,
endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The Crown of Righteousness

[6] For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my
departure has come. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith. [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me
the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will
award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have
loved his appearing.


1. The last chapter of the letter, summing up its main themes, is in
fact St Paul's last will and testament and has the features of that
type of document: it begins in a formal manner (vv. 1-5), protests the
sincerity of his dedicated life (vv. 6-8) and concludes with some very
tender, personal messages (vv. 9-22).

The opening is couched in a solemn form (also found in 1 Tim 5:21)
similar to a Greco-Roman will, laying on the heirs an obligation to
carry out the testator's wishes: "I charge you"; a series of
imperatives follows. To underline the importance of what the testator
is requesting, God the Father and Jesus Christ are invoked as
witnesses, guarantors of the commitments which will devolve on the
heirs. By swearing this document the testator is performing an act of
the virtue of religion, because he is acknowledging God as Supreme
Judge, to whom we must render an account of our actions.

"Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead": a graphic,
catechetical expression (cf. Acts 10:42; 1 Pet 4:5), confessing belief
in the truth that all men without exception will undergo judgment by
Jesus Christ, from whose decision there is no appeal. This has become
part of the Creed; in a solemn profession of faith, the "Creed of the
People of God", Pope Paul VI elaborated on this article of faith as we
have seen in the commentary on 2 Thessalonians 1:5 above.

2. "Preach the word": that is, the message of the Gospel, which
includes all the truths to be believed, the commandments to be kept and
the sacraments and other supernatural resources to be availed of. In
the life of the Church the ministry of the word has special importance;
it is the channel God has established whereby man can partake of the
Gospel; priests have a special duty to preach the word: "The people of
God is formed into one in the first place by the Word of the living
God, which is quite rightly sought from the mouth of priests. For since
nobody can be saved who has not first believed, it is the first task of
priests as co-workers of the bishops to preach the Gospel of God to all
men. In this way they carry out the Lord's command, 'Go into all the
world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation' (Mk 16:15) and thus
set up and increase the people of God" (Vatican II, "Presbyterorum
Ordinis", 4).

"In season and out of season", that is, even in adverse circumstances
(cf. v. 3), or when hearers are disinclined to accept the Christian
message. Timothy and, like him, all other sacred ministers, ought to
behave towards the faithful in accordance with the demands of Christian
life and doctrine. "What do men want, what do they expect of the
priest, the minister of Christ, the living sign of the presence of the
Good Shepherd? We would venture to say that, although they may not
explicitly say so, they need, want and hope for a priest-priest, a
priest through and through, a man who gives his life for them, by
opening to them the horizons of the soul; a man who unceasingly
exercises his ministry whose heart is capable of understanding, and a
man who gives simply and joyfully, in season and even out of season,
what he alone can give--the richness of grace, of divine intimacy
which, through him, God wishes to distribute among men" (A. del
Portillo, "On Priesthood", p. 66).

3-5. With sadness in his heart and with no little irony St Paul unmasks
those who prefer smooth talk to the truth. Earlier Cicero criticized
certain Greeks who by skillful use of words managed to delude their
listeners even though they had really nothing to say or were misleading
them. However where Christian doctrine is at stake, the danger that can
be done to soul is much more grave: "Do not be afraid, or surprised, to
see the resistance of some people's minds. There will always be stupid
people who deck out the armor of their ignorance with a display of
culture" ([St] J. Escriva, "Furrow", 934).

As an antidote to empty talk, the Apostle recommends solid teaching,
constancy in the face of difficulty, and commitment to the ministry.
St John Chrysostom called for fidelity to the Gospel in these words:
"What you should fear is not that people might malign you but that you
should be regarded as tainted with the same hypocrisy as your
detractors. For if that were the case you would become tasteless and
people would trample you underfoot. But if you offer the salt in all
sobriety and are criticized on that account, do not be dismayed; for
that is what salt is for--to irritate and disturb the corrupt. People
will continue to speak evil of you, but they will do you no harm;
they will only prove your reliability" ("Hom. on St Matthew", 15, 7).

6-8. Conscious of his closeness to death, St Paul writes in poetic
strain about his life in the service of the Gospel, about the meaning
of death and his hope of heaven. The imagery he uses shows how he
interprets his experience in the light of faith. "On the point of being
sacrificed": literally "poured out in sacrifice": death is an offering
to God, like the libations of oil poured on the altar of sacrifices.
Death is the beginning of a journey: "the point of my departure has
come", the anchor is being weighed, the sails unfurled.

The Christian life is like magnificent Games taking place in the
presence of God, who acts as the judge. In Greece the Games had close
connections with religious worship; St Paul presents the Christian life
as a type of spiritual sport: "races" indicates the continuous effort
to achieve perfection (cf. Phil 3:14); training for athletics indicates
the practice of self-denial (cf. 1 Cor 9:26-27); fighting stands for
the effort required to resist sin even if that means death, as can
happen in the event of persecution (cf. Heb 12:4). It is well
worthwhile taking part in this competition, because, as St John
Chrysostom points out, "the crown which it bestows never withers. It is
not made of laurel leaves, it is not a man who places it on our head,
it has not been won in the presence of a crowd made up of men, but in a
stadium full of angels. In earthly competitions a man fights and
strives for days and the only reward he receives is a crown which
withers in a matter of hours [...]. That does not happen here: the
crown he is given is a glory and honor whose brilliance lasts forever
("Hom. on 2 Tim, ad loc".).

All Christians who "have loved his appearing", that is, who stay true
to Christ, share St Paul's expectation of eternal life. "We who know
about the eternal joys of the heavenly fatherland should hasten to
reach it by the more direct route" (St Gregory the Great, "In Evangelia
Homiliae", 16).

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

3 posted on 06/05/2004 8:57:12 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Sounds like St. Paul was warning Timothy about things TODAY!

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.

4 posted on 06/05/2004 9:00:13 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Mark 12:38-44

Jesus Censures the Scribes

[38] And in His (Jesus') teaching He said, "Beware of the scribes, who
like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market
places [39] and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of
honor at feasts, [40] who devour widow's houses and for a pretense make
long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."

The Widow's Mite

[41] And He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude
putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
[42] And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a
penny. [43] And He called His disciples to Him, and said to them,
"Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those
who are contributing to the treasury. [44] For they all contributed
out of their abundance; but she out of he r poverty has put in
everything she had, her whole living."


38-40. Our Lord reproves disordered desire for human honors: "We should
notice that salutations in the marketplace are not forbidden, nor
people taking the best seats if that befits their position; rather, the
faithful are warned to avoid, as they would evil men, those who set too
much store by such honors" (St. Bede, "In Marci Evangelium Expositio,
in loc."). See also notes on Matthew 23:2-3, 5, 11 and 14.

41-44. Our Lord uses this little event to teach us the importance of
things which apparently are insignificant. He puts it somewhat
paradoxically; the poor widow has contributed more than all the rich.
In God's sight the value of such an action lies more in upright
intention and generosity of spirit than in the quantity one gives.
"Didn't you see the light in Jesu s' eyes as the poor widow left her
little alms in the temple? Give Him what you can: the merit is not in
whether it is big or small, but in the intention with which you give
it" ([St] J. Escriva, "The Way", 829).

By the same token, our actions are pleasing to God even if they are not
as perfect as we would like. St. Francis de Sales comments: "Now as
among the treasures of the temple, the poor widow's mite was much
esteemed, so the least little good works, even though performed
somewhat coldly and not according to the whole extent of the charity
which is in us, are agreeable to God, and esteemed by Him; so that
though of themselves they cannot cause and increase in the existing
love [...] yet Divine Providence, counting on them and, out of His
goodness, valuing them, forthwith rewards them with increase in charity
for the present, and assigns to them a greater Heavenly glory for the
future" (St. Francis de Sales, "Treatise on the Love of God", Book 3,
Chapter 2).

Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

5 posted on 06/05/2004 9:01:02 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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St. Boniface was born in England around the year 673. As a young
man, he joined the Benedictines at the monastery of Exeter. As a
monk Boniface wrote the first Latin grammar book to be produced in
England and penned some poetry. At the age of thirty, Boniface was
ordained to the priesthood and used a vast knowledge of Scripture to
help his preaching and teaching.

Around the year 719 Boniface had the opportunity to become abbot
of the monastery. Instead of pursuing this, Boniface traveled to
Rome and placed himself in the service of the pope as a missionary.
The pope sent Boniface to preach in Germany, to convert pagans to
the Faith and to reform corrupt practices being practiced among the
clergy already in this area.

Boniface spent the rest of his life preaching, converting and teaching
throughout Germany. He founded dioceses, monasteries, and
churches and reformed many practices of the Church in Germany.
Boniface was a fearless preacher and challenged the practices of the
pagans to show their emptiness and worthlessness. Boniface was
martyred, with a group of thirty companions around the year 754
after angering a group of violent pagans. He is considered the
"apostle of Germany" for his efforts at evangelization there.


One just soul can attain pardon for a thousand sinners. -St Margaret Mary


754 Boniface and his party are murdered
1510 Michelangelo commissioned to make 15 statues of saints for the Duomo of
Siena, Italy


Conscience is practical judgment concerning the moral goodness or
sinfulness of an action. Many philosophers hold that a moral decision
can be evaluated through the examination of the action itself, the
circumstances around the action and the intention of the person
performing the action.


Please pray through the intercession of St. Boniface for the success
of missionaries.

6 posted on 06/05/2004 9:02:56 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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So - Who Was St.Boniface? Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr 680-754 AD
7 posted on 06/05/2004 9:09:24 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Saturday, June 5, 2004
St. Boniface, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Psalm 71:8-9, 14-17, 22
Mark 12:38-44

It is essential to begin the practice of prayer with a firm resolution of persevering in it.

 -- St. Teresa of Avila

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Mk 12:38-44
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
38 And he said to them in his doctrine: Beware of the scribes, who love to walk in long robes and to be saluted in the marketplace, et dicebat eis in doctrina sua cavete a scribis qui volunt in stolis ambulare et salutari in foro
39 And to sit in the first chairs in the synagogues and to have the highest places at suppers: et in primis cathedris sedere in synagogis et primos discubitus in cenis
40 Who devour the houses of widows under the pretence of long prayer. These shall receive greater judgment. qui devorant domos viduarum sub obtentu prolixae orationis hii accipient prolixius iudicium
41 And Jesus sitting over against the treasury, beheld how the people cast money into the treasury. And many that were rich cast in much. et sedens Iesus contra gazofilacium aspiciebat quomodo turba iactaret aes in gazofilacium et multi divites iactabant multa
42 And there came a certain poor widow: and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. cum venisset autem una vidua pauper misit duo minuta quod est quadrans
43 And calling his disciples together, he saith to them: Amen I say to you, this poor widow hath cast in more than all they who have cast into the treasury. et convocans discipulos suos ait illis amen dico vobis quoniam vidua haec pauper plus omnibus misit qui miserunt in gazofilacium
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want cast in all she had, even her whole living. omnes enim ex eo quod abundabat illis miserunt haec vero de penuria sua omnia quae habuit misit totum victum suum

9 posted on 06/05/2004 12:09:33 PM PDT by annalex
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June 5, 2004
St. Boniface

Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic tribes. Two characteristics stand out: his Christian orthodoxy and his fidelity to the pope of Rome.

How absolutely necessary this orthodoxy and fidelity were is borne out by the conditions he found on his first missionary journey in 719 at the request of Pope Gregory II. Paganism was a way of life. What Christianity he did find had either lapsed into paganism or was mixed with error. The clergy were mainly responsible for these latter conditions since they were in many instances uneducated, lax and questionably obedient to their bishops. In particular instances their very ordination was questionable.

These are the conditions that Boniface was to report in 722 on his first return visit to Rome. The Holy Father instructed him to reform the German Church. The pope sent letters of recommendation to religious and civil leaders. Boniface later admitted that his work would have been unsuccessful, from a human viewpoint, without a letter of safe-conduct from Charles Martel, the powerful Frankish ruler, grandfather of Charlemagne. Boniface was finally made a regional bishop and authorized to organize the whole German Church. He was eminently successful.

In the Frankish kingdom, he met great problems because of lay interference in bishops’ elections, the worldliness of the clergy and lack of papal control.

During a final mission to the Frisians, he and 53 companions were massacred while he was preparing converts for Confirmation.

In order to restore the Germanic Church to its fidelity to Rome and to convert the pagans, he had been guided by two principles. The first was to restore the obedience of the clergy to their bishops in union with the pope of Rome. The second was the establishment of many houses of prayer which took the form of Benedictine monasteries. A great number of Anglo-Saxon monks and nuns followed him to the continent. He introduced Benedictine nuns to the active apostolate of education.


Boniface bears out the Christian rule: To follow Christ is to follow the way of the cross. For Boniface, it was not only physical suffering or death, but the painful, thankless, bewildering task of Church reform. Missionary glory is often thought of in terms of bringing new persons to Christ. It seems—but is not—less glorious to heal the household of the faith.


Memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr

Old Calendar: St. Boniface

St. Boniface, a monk of Exeter in England, is one of the great figures of the Benedictine Order and of the monastic apostolate in the Middle Ages. Gregory II sent him to preach the Gospel in Germany. He evangelized Hesse, Saxony and Thuringia and became Archbishop of Mainz. He well earned the title of Apostle of Germany, and Catholic Germany in our own times still venerates him as its father in the faith. He was put to death by the Frisians at Dokkum in 754 during the last of his missionary journeys. The famous abbey of Fulda, where his body lies, has remained the national shrine of Catholic Germany.
St. Boniface
A Benedictine monk was chosen by divine Providence to become Germany's great apostle and patron. Boniface's first missionary endeavor proved unsuccessful (716). Before attempting a second he went to Rome and received papal authorization (718). Under the holy bishop Willibrord he converted Frisia within a period of three years. On November 30, 722, Boniface was consecrated bishop by Pope Gregory II.

In 724 he turned his attention to the Hessian people, among whom he continued his missionary activity with renewed zeal. On an eminence near the village of Geismar on the Eder, he felled a giant oak that the people honored as the national sanctuary of the god Thor. Boniface used the wood to build a chapel in honor of St. Peter. This courageous act assured the eventual triumph of the Gospel in Germany.

The resident clergy and the priests dwelling at the court, whose unworthy lives needed censure, were constantly creating difficulties. Nevertheless Boniface continued to labor quietly, discreetly. He prayed unceasingly, put his trust in God alone, recommended his work to the prayers of his spiritual brothers and sisters in England. And God did not abandon him. Conversions were amazingly numerous. In 732 Gregory III sent him the pallium, the insignia of the archiepiscopal dignity. Boniface now devoted his time and talent to the ecclesiastical organization of the Church in Germany. He installed worthy bishops, set diocesan boundaries, promoted the spiritual life of the clergy and laity, held national synods (between 742 and 747), and in 744 founded the monastery of Fulda, which became a center of religious life in central Germany. In 745 he chose Mayence for his archiepiscopal see, and affiliated to it thirteen suffragan dioceses. This completed the ecclesiastical organization of Germany.

The final years of his busy life were spent, as were his earlier ones, in missionary activity. Word came to him in 754 that a part of Frisia had lapsed from the faith. He took leave of his priests and, sensing the approach of death, carried along a shroud. He was 74 years of age when with youthful enthusiasm he began the work of restoration, a mission he was not to complete. A band of semi-barbarous pagans overpowered and put him to death when he was about to administer confirmation to a group of neophytes at Dockum.

Patron: Brewers; Tailors; Germany; Prussia.

Symbols: Ax; book; raven; scourge; sword; sword piercing heart; Bible transfixed by sword; fallen oak; book and pen; scourge; club; fox; axe and fallen oak of Thor.

Things to Do:

· June Devotion: The Sacred Heart


· Namedays
· Religion in the Home for Preschool: June


· German Cinnamon Stars
· German Meat Balls with Sour Cream Gravy
· German Apple Pancakes


Lord, your martyr Boniface spread the faith by his teaching and witnessed to it with his blood. By the help of his prayers keep us loyal to our faith and give us courage to profess it in our lives. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Thank you!

11 posted on 06/05/2004 7:07:55 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us

Saturday, June 05, 2004

2 Timothy 4:1-8

According to St. Irenaeus, a second-century bishop and doctor of the church, “the glory of God is man fully alive.” That quote is a fitting summary of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in today’s reading. Paul encouraged Timothy to proclaim God’s word in good times and bad, whether convenient or inconvenient. He exhorted him to be calm and steady in all circumstances, to put up with hardships, and to fulfill the call that the Lord had given him. In short, Paul was urging Timothy to be fully alive in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a light and a sign to those around him who had succumbed to false gospels and myths.

Two thousand years later, we live in a world that is very much in need of the proclamation of the gospel. And as children of God, we are called and commissioned to imitate Timothy in the way we live and speak. In a very real sense, it’s up to us to be “fully alive” in the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing light to those lost in spiritual darkness.

This can sound like a very intimidating call. But remember, the witness of the way you live your life often speaks volumes more than your actual words. Kindness shown to a neighbor, forgiveness offered to one who asks, and food shared with the hungry are all ways that you proclaim: “Christ lives in me, and he wants to live in you also.”

The more people see you living the Christian life, the more they will be attracted to it. Someone once asked a great preacher why more people weren’t thirsty for Jesus. His reply: “We’re not salty enough!” Every day, decide that you are going to be fully alive in Jesus. Tell the Lord that you want to witness to him through your talents, your demeanor, and your acts of love. God has given you special gifts to use for his glory. So put them to work today and watch him multiply his return on those gifts!

“Jesus, fill me with confidence. Give me the courage to reach out to others, both in my words and even more so in my deeds. Let your light shine out from me so that others may come to you and know your love, your mercy, and your power.”

12 posted on 06/05/2004 7:12:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

All Issues > Volume 20, Number 4

<< Saturday, June 5, 2004 >> St. Boniface
2 Timothy 4:1-8 Psalm 71 Mark 12:38-44
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“I will always hope.” —Psalm 71:14

“The time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but, following their own desires, will surround themselves with teachers who tickle their ears. They will stop listening to the truth and will wander off to fables” (2 Tm 4:3-4). Some of them will even gain positions of power in the Church and redirect the glory and money that rightfully belongs to God to themselves (Mk 12:38-40).

To such a people, “stubborn of brow and obstinate in heart” (Ez 3:7), God sends His disciples to proclaim and teach His “word, to stay with this task whether convenient or inconvenient — correcting, reproving, appealing — constantly teaching and never losing patience” (2 Tm 4:2). It seems like a no-win situation. The all-pervasive, anti-Christian ideology of the culture of death is so unyielding.

Yet God commands us: “Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks” (Ez 3:9). God will make His disciples who carry His word more formidable than they are (Jer 15:20; Ez 3:8). “It shall be they who turn to” Christ rather than Christians buckling before their pressure (Jer 15:19).

Therefore, “be steady and self-possessed; put up with hardship, perform your work as an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tm 4:5). “Thus we may say with confidence: ‘The Lord is my Helper, I will not be afraid; What can man do to me?’ ” (Heb 13:6)

Prayer: Father, “with the strength which comes from” You (2 Tm 1:8), I will fight the good fight of a Bible teacher (2 Tm 4:7).
Promise: “My mouth shall be filled with Your praise, with Your glory day by day.” —Ps 71:8
Praise: St. Boniface chose to preach God’s word in a missionary field rather than continue his successful career in England.

13 posted on 06/05/2004 7:15:21 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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