Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop & Martyr
Readings of Saturday 9th Week of Ordinary Time
and Antiphons on p 1647 of the Daily Missal
This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on a solid rock.
First Reading: Tobit 12:1.5-15.20
A reading from the book of Tobit
In those days:
Tobit called his son Tobias and said to him,
“My son, see to the wages of the man who went with you;
and he must also be given more.”
So he called the angel and said to him,
“Take for your wages half of all that you two have brought back,
Then the angel called the two of them privately and said to them: “Praise God and give thanks to him;
exalt him and give thanks to him in the presence of all the living
for what he has done for you.
It is good to praise God and to exalt his name,
worthily declaring the works of God.
Do not be slow to give him thanks.
It is good to guard the secret of a king,
but gloriously to reveal the works of God,
and with fitting honour to acknowledge him.
Do good, and evil will not overtake you.
Prayer is good when accompanied by fasting, almsgiving, and righteousness.
A little with righteousness is better than much with wrongdoing.
It is better to give alms than to treasure up gold.
For almsgiving delivers from death,
and it will purge away every sin.
Those who perform deeds of charity and of righteousness
will have fulness of life;
but those who commit sin are the enemies of their own lives.
“I will now declare the whole truth to you
and I will not conceal anything from you.
I have said,
‘It is good to guard the secret of a king,
but gloriously to reveal the works of God.’
And so, when you and your daughter-in-law Sarah prayed,
I brought a reminder of your prayer before the Holy One;
and when you buried the dead,
I was likewise present with you.
When you did not hesitate to rise and leave your dinner
in order to go and lay out the dead,
I was sent to test you.
So now God sent me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah.
I am Raphael,
one of the seven holy angels
who present the prayers of the saints
and enter into the presence of the glory of the Lord.”
And now bless the Lord upon the earth
and give thanks to God,
for I am ascending to him who sent me.
Write in a book everything that has happened to you.”
The Word of the Lord
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Tobit 13:1b and 2.3-4a.6efgh.6ij (R.1b)
Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:
R/. Blessed is God, who lives forever.
Blessed be God, who lives forever.
For he afflicts, and he shows mercy;
he leads down to Hades, and brings up again;
and there is no one who can escape his hand.
Acknowledge him before the nations,
O sons of Israel;
for he has scattered us among them.
Make his greatness known there.
But see what he will do with you;
give thanks to him with your full voice.
Praise the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of the ages.
I give him thanks in the land of my captivity,
and I show his power and majesty to a nation of sinners.
Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
all of you, praise his glory.
Celebrate days of joy, and give thanks to him.
R/. Blessed is God, who lives forever.
Please stand for the Gospel
I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
At that time:
In his teaching Jesus said,
“Beware of the scribes,
who like to go about in long robes,
and to have salutations in the market places
and the best seats in the synagogues
and the places of honor at feasts,
who devour widows’ houses
and for a pretense make long prayers.
They will receive the greater condemnation.”
And he sat down opposite the treasury,
and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
And a poor widow came,
and put in two copper coins, which make a penny.
And he called his disciples to him, and said to them,
“Truly, I say to you,
this poor widow has put in more than all those
who are contributing to the treasury.
For they all contributed out of their abundance;
but she out of her poverty
has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me, says the Lord.