FRIDAY 5TH JUNE 2020
MEMORIAL OF ST. BONIFACE
2 Timothy 3:10-17, Mark 12:35-37
It is very important for parents or elders who have had a lot of experiences in life to advice younger ones who are just coming up. This will help them not only to face life with the right mindset, but also for them not to repeat some of the mistakes they had made.
In the first reading of today, we see how St Paul was advising Timothy a young man who had followed him and had learnt from him for some time and had now become the bishop of Ephesus in the early church. Paul had gone through various moments of pain and suffering in the course of preaching the gospel, he was therefore also advising Timothy to get ready for the same difficult life since he had decided to follow Jesus. No true preacher of the gospel finds life easy, even among those he is called to work.
This was also the case of St Boniface who we celebrate today. He had joined the Benedictine Abbey in Southampton England, and was later commissioned for mission in Germany by Pope Gregory II since it was his desire to preach the gospel in a foreign land. Like Timothy, he was also created a bishop in Mainz where he had evangelised. He worked with king Pepin the short to reform the Frankish Church. As a man of over 70, he continued to work to reform the Church in Holland, there he was murdered on the 5th of June, 754.
As true Christians, we should also be ready to give all of ourselves and what we have, even our lives to the preaching of the gospel. God help us. Amen
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP