June 5th, 2019

Boniface of Mainz, Missionary to the Germans


First Reading: Num. 16:23-40

23And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24"Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram."

 25Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26And he spoke to the congregation, saying,(A) "Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins." 27So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood(B) at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones. 28And Moses said, "Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been(C) of my own accord. 29If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind,(D) then the LORD has not sent me. 30But if the LORD creates something new, and(E) the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they(F) go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD."

 31(G) And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and(H) all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and(I) they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up!" 35And(J) fire came out from the LORD and consumed(K) the 250 men offering the incense.

 36[a] Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 37"Tell Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the censers out of the blaze. Then scatter the fire far and wide, for they have become holy. 38As for the censers of(L) these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they offered them before the LORD, and they became holy.(M) Thus they shall be a sign to the people of Israel." 39So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar, 40to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so(N) that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the LORD said to him through Moses.

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Second Reading: Lk. 19:29-48

29(A) When he drew near to Bethphage and(B) Bethany, at(C) the mount that is called Olivet, he sent(D) two of the disciples, 30saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied,(E) on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" 32So those who were sent went away and found it(F) just as he had told them. 33And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" 34And they said, "The Lord has need of it." 35And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36And as he rode along, they(G) spread their cloaks on the road. 37As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—(H) the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice(I) for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38saying,(J) "Blessed is(K) the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and(L) glory in the highest!" 39(M) And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." 40He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent,(N) the very stones would cry out."

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
 41(O) And when he drew near and saw the city,(P) he wept over it, 42saying, (Q) "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now(R) they are hidden from your eyes. 43For(S) the days will come upon you, when your enemies(T) will set up a barricade around you and(U) surround you and hem you in on every side 44(V) and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And(W) they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know(X) the time of your(Y) visitation."
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
 45(Z) And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46saying to them, "It is written,(AA) 'My house shall be a house of prayer,' but(AB) you have made it a den of robbers."

 47(AC) And he was teaching daily in the temple.(AD) The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

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