Friday Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
II Timothy 3:10-17
Last day of school
Today is the official last day of school, although the students have been out of school since March. Our teachers and staff have done an excellent job continuing lesson plans, so our students have continued learning. How are we using what we have learned for the building up of the Kingdom of God?
In our Gospel, think of the temple as a classroom where teachers go and teach what they know. Jesus is one of those teachers. In the crowd on this day, if all of the students who want to learn and they are right up front close to him. There is another group of students, and they are in the back of the crowd, and they are not there so much as to learn as to try and trip Jesus up as he might say something they can report to the authorities. When Jesus is done teaching, the crowd in front of him was filled with delight.
In our first reading, Paul is teaching his young students Timothy in the ways of faith. We have been reading from this letter all week, and to catch people up, Timothy is a young man who Paul left in charge of a church. Since Paul has been away, Timothy has been struggling, and Paul teaches him what to do. Paul reminds him to follow what he has been doing while he was with him. Paul tells him that as the leader, he has to bear some hardship as he leads this church. Finally, Paul says, “Another great teaching tool is reading sacred scripture, ‘for it is good for teaching and correction.’
My friends in Christ may we never take for granted what we have learned but always have a thirst to learn more. May we give thanks to those who inspire us!
Introduction: Today, we celebrate the feast day of St. Boniface. A story attributed to Boniface is the people of a town worshipped a great oak tree and Boniface took an ax and went to the center in the city and began to chop down the oak tree that the people had named Thor. The more he chopped, the more the people feared that he would be struck down by the gods. When the tree hit the ground, he jumped onto the stump and screamed. Where is your god now? St. Boniface made his point that day that our God is more powerful than any other god. What other gods do we need to chop down in our lives? Where do we need to let God back into our lives!