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FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME MEMORIAL OF ST BONIFACE JUNE 5, 2021



A reading according to Tobit 12:1,5-15,20

Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him, “Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.” So he called Raphael and said, “Take as your wages half of all that you have brought back, and go in peace.” Raphael called the two men aside privately and said to them: “Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him. A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you. Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life; but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies. “I will now tell you the whole truth; I will conceal nothing at all from you. I have already said to you, ‘A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be made known with due honor.’ I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead. When you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner in order to go and bury the dead, I was sent to put you to the test. At the same time, however, God commissioned me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah. I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.” “So now get up from the ground and praise God. Behold, I am about to ascend to him who sent me; write down all these things that have happened to you.”


REFLECTION

A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known.


Raphael, the archangel, had to tell the works of God. St Boniface also had to tell the works of God.


If strangers were to come to your home, or listen to you talk or see how you treat those who can't pay you back, will they know that you are about the works of God? St Boniface, patron of Germany, shows us a very good example of standing up when there is wrong, setting people straight when they have catholic concepts wrong and the need for prayer.


St Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk sent by Pope Gregory II in 719 to do missionary work among the German tribes.

The Germanic faith was either pagan or a mixture of pagan and Christian or filled with errors in Christian theology. The clergy were the main reason for the shambles he found. The clergy were lax, uneducated and not very responsive to the catholic bishops.

His task was to reform the German Church. He found a lot of lay interference in the elections of the bishops and clergy who were not dedicated to their vocation but preferred the world. Since they were separated by distance to the Pope they were not to be controlled.


St Boniface was successful because he was guided by two principles. He restored the obedience of the clergy to their bishops in union with the Pope and the second was to establish many houses of prayer. They took the form of Benedictine monasteries.


A great many number of pagans were converted. He blended with the people and used the customs, cultures and the ways of the people to bring them back to the church. He destroyed idols and pagan temples and replaced them with churches.


He is pictured with an ax as folklore has it that he came across pagans worshiping a Norse god in the form of an oak tree. He chopped down the tree. St Boniface turned to the people and asked, “How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he”.


In 754, St Boniface and 52 companions were martyred by pagans while preaching in Holland.


The task of church reform and the conversion of pagans was painful, thankless and a sacrificial way of following the Lord.


If people were to see us, would they know we are Catholic? Proclaim His deeds and don't be lax in praising God! Please pray the PAPA Prayer for Priests for priests to be strong and faithful in the work for the Lord.


God Bless You


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