June 5, Monday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Boniface, bishop and martyr
Daily Readings: Tobit 1:3; 2:1a-8 and Mark 12:1-12
The church's liturgy brings us to St. Boniface, from its Latin meaning, doer of good. "To follow Christ is to follow the way of the cross," as he used to say. His name and motto provide an orientation for our meditation on the readings of today’s liturgy.
In the first reading, Tobit is introduced as someone who devoted his life to acts of mercy for a fellow Jew. Hence, a doer of good. Because of such an option, he experiences sorrow and sadness. Through a good choice, pain and inner trouble come into his life. That is the reality that goes with the possibility of following Christ, which is to accept and endure the way of the cross.
In the Gospel, the Lord is teaching that the tenants lost the trust of the vineyard owner because of the option they chose and the decision they made to become owners instead of tenants.
After obtaining the sacrament of baptism, one option was to adhere to the Catholic faith and follow Christ. Can that option be assessed? What are the joys, pains, troubles, and difficulties of living them out?
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