Daily Gospel – Wednesday, June 5, 2024 – Mark 12,18-27 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (2 Timothy 1,1-3.6-12)

Beginning of the Second Letter of São Paulo to Timothy.

Paul, Apostle of Jesus Christ by God’s design regarding the promise of life we have in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus, our Lord!

I thank God — whom I serve with a pure conscience, as I learned from my ancestors — when I remember you, day and night, in my prayers.

For this reason, I urge you to rekindle the flame of the gift of God that you received through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of strength, of love and sobriety. Do not be ashamed of the testimony of Our Lord nor of me, his prisoner, but suffer with me for the Gospel, strengthened by the power of God. God saved us and called us with a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of his plan and his grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. This grace has now been revealed, by the manifestation of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He not only destroyed death, but also made life and immortality shine.
through the Gospel, of which I was appointed announcer, apostle and teacher. This is the cause for which I am suffering, but I am not ashamed, because I know in whom I have placed my faith. And I am sure that he is capable of guarding what was entrusted to me until the big day.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Mark 12,18-27)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, some Sadducees came to Jesus, who affirm that there is no resurrection and proposed this case to him: “Master, Moses gave us this prescription: If someone’s brother dies and leaves his wife childless, his brother will A man must marry a widow in order to ensure his brother’s offspring.” Now there were seven brothers, the eldest married, and died without leaving any descendants. The second married the widow, and died without leaving any descendants. And the same thing happened to the third. And none of the seven left any descendants. Lastly the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they are resurrected, whose wife will she be? Why did the seven marry her!” Jesus replied, “Are you not deceived, because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? Indeed, when the dead are resurrected, men and women will not marry, for they will be like the angels in heaven. As for the fact of the resurrection of the dead, have you not read, in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him: ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’? Now, he is not God of the dead, but of the living! You are very mistaken.”

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today we are blessed with the powerful words of Scripture given to us for reflection. Today’s readings, from Saint Paul’s second letter to Timothy and Saint Mark’s gospel, invite us to deepen our faith and live with hope in the resurrection. They teach us about the importance of Christian testimony and remind us of the eternal truth of life after death.

Let’s start with the First Reading, taken from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 1,1-3.6-12). Paul, trapped and aware that his time on earth is running out, writes to his beloved disciple Timothy with words of encouragement and instruction. He begins by recalling Timothy’s sincere faith and the legacy of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, highlighting the importance of transmitting faith from generation to generation.

Paul exhorts Timothy to revive the gift of God that is in him through the laying on of his hands. He reminds Timothy that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of self-control. What powerful words! In our Christian journey, how often do we feel discouraged, afraid, or uncertain about how to proceed? Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit equips us with everything we need to live courageously and lovingly.

Paul continues, calling Timothy not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of Paul, his prisoner, but to suffer together with him for the gospel, sustained by the power of God. This message is crucial. Often times, facing challenges and persecution for our faith can make us question or even feel ashamed of our beliefs. But Paul calls us to endure these difficulties with the strength that comes from God, reminding us that we are called to a holy life not on our own merits, but by God’s purpose and grace.

Paul ends this passage with a declaration of confidence in God’s faithfulness. He states that he knows who he has believed in and is convinced that God is able to keep what has been entrusted to him until that day. What a powerful testimony of faith! Paul, even in prison and facing death, remains firm in his trust in the Lord. This example challenges us to reflect on our own faith and trust in God, especially in times of difficulty.

Moving now to the Gospel of Saint Mark (Mark 12,18-27), we find Jesus in a debate with the Sadducees. The Sadducees, a religious group that did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, try to put Jesus in a theological trap. They present a hypothetical situation about a woman who married seven brothers, each dying without leaving children, and ask whose wife she will be in the resurrection.

Jesus, with his divine wisdom, responds by correcting the Sadducees’ mistaken understanding. He explains that in the resurrection, people will not marry, but will be like angels in heaven. Jesus then quotes Scripture, remembering that God revealed Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, emphasizing that He is God of the living, not of the dead. With this, Jesus affirms the reality of the resurrection and eternal life.

This gospel passage invites us to reflect on our own belief in the resurrection. In a world often focused on the here and now, it’s easy to lose sight of the eternal truth of life after death. Jesus reminds us that our existence does not end with physical death, but continues in eternal life with God. This hope should shape the way we live our daily lives, motivating us to live according to Christ’s teachings and keep our eyes fixed on the kingdom of God.

When we combine these readings, we see a unifying theme: the call to courageous faith and faithful witness in the face of difficulties and the certainty of eternal life. Paul, in his letter to Timothy, exhorts us to live with power, love and self-control, not to be ashamed of the gospel and to endure hardships by the power of God. Jesus, in the gospel, reaffirms the promise of resurrection and eternal life, correcting misunderstandings and calling us to a solid and secure faith in life after death.

How can we apply these lessons to our daily lives? Firstly, we are called to revive the gift of God that is within us. Each of us, through baptism and confirmation, has received the Holy Spirit. This Spirit empowers us to live courageously, love generously, and exercise self-control in all areas of our lives. We must ask God to revive these gifts in us, so that we can be authentic witnesses of his grace and love.

Furthermore, we are called not to be ashamed of the gospel. We live in a world that often rejects or ridicules the Christian faith. However, we must remember that we are ambassadors for Christ, called to proclaim the truth of the gospel with courage and conviction. This may mean defending our faith in difficult conversations, living counterculturally, or enduring persecution and ridicule. But like Paul, we must trust that God will sustain us and give us the strength we need to be faithful.

Finally, we must live with the hope of resurrection and eternal life. This hope should shape our priorities, our choices, and our actions. We should live in ways that reflect our faith in eternal life, investing in relationships that promote love and justice, and seeking first the kingdom of God in everything we do.

Let us now take a moment of silence to reflect on these truths. Let us close our eyes and ask God for the grace to strengthen our faith, to enable us to live courageously and to keep the hope of the resurrection always alive in our hearts.

Lord, we thank You for today’s lessons. Help us to live with power, love and self-control, to be courageous witnesses of Your gospel and to always keep in our hearts the hope of eternal life. May we revive the gift of the Holy Spirit in us and live according to Your teachings. Amen.

My brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let us take with us the certainty of God’s love and the hope of the resurrection. May God’s grace accompany us and may we be instruments of His peace and love in the world. May we live as true disciples of Christ, confident in His promise of eternal life. Amen.