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Daily Bible Readings And REFLECTIONS | Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020

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First Reading: 2 PETER 3:12-15, 17-18. Responsorial Psalm: PSALMS 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16. Gospel: MARK 12:13-17

Today Mass Readings Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 | For All Christians Esp. Catholics

First Reading

2 PETER 3:12-15, 17-18

12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! 13 But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
IYAJI Joseph Akahi Bishop Gabriel Leke Abegunri

Responsorial Psalm

PSALMS 90:2-4, 10, 14, 16

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art God. 3 Thou turnest man back to the dust, and sayest, “Turn back, O children of men!” 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. 10 The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 16 Let thy work be manifest to thy servants, and thy glorious power to their children.

Gospel

MARK 12:13-17

13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Hero’di-ans, to entrap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15 Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

Catholic Daily REFLECTION

“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.”  Mark 12:14a

This statement was made by some of the Pharisees and Herodians who were sent to “ensnare” Jesus in His speech.  They act in a sneaky and cunning way to draw Jesus in.  They are trying to get Him to speak in opposition to Caesar so that they can get Him in trouble with the Roman authorities.  But interestingly, what they say of Jesus is quite true and is a great virtue.

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They say two things that highlight Jesus’ virtues of humility and sincerity: 1) “You are not concerned with anyone’s opinion;” 2) “You do not regard a person’s status.”  Of course they went on to then try to trick Him into breaking Roman law.  Jesus does not fall for their trick and does outsmart them in the end.

However, these virtues are good for us to reflect upon because we should strive to have them alive in our own lives.  First, we should not be concerned with others’ opinions.  But this must be properly understood.  Sure, it’s important to listen to others and to consult them and to be open minded.  Other people’s insights can be crucial to making good decisions in life.  But what we should avoid is the danger of allowing others to dictate our actions out of fear.  Sometimes the “opinions” of others are negative and wrong.  We can all experience peer pressure in various ways.  Jesus never gave in to the false opinions of others nor did He allow the pressure of those opinions to change how He acted.

Secondly, they point out that Jesus does not allow the “status” of another to influence Him.  Again, this is a virtue.  What we have to know is that all people are equal in the mind of God.  A position of power or influence does not necessarily make one person more correct than another.  What’s important is the sincerity, integrity and truthfulness of each person.  Jesus exercised this virtue perfectly.

Reflect, today, upon whether these words could also be said about you.  Strive to learn from the statement of these Pharisees and Herodians; strive to live a life of integrity and humility.  If you do so, you will also be given a share in the wisdom of Jesus so as to navigate the most difficult snares of life.

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Lord, I do want to be a person of honesty and integrity.  I want to listen to the good advice of others but not be influenced by the errors or pressures that may also come my way.  Help me to always seek You and Your truth in all things.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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