Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

1st Reading – Tobit 1:3; 2:1A-8

All my life I, Tobit, have been honest and have tried to do what was right. I have often given money to help needy relatives and fellow-Jews who were deported with me to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.

At the Harvest Festival, which is also called the Festival of Weeks, I sat down to a delicious meal.

When I saw how much food there was on the table, I said to Tobias, “My son, go out and find some fellow-Jew who is living in poverty here in exile, someone who takes God’s commands seriously. Bring him back with you, so that he can share this festival meal with us. I won’t start eating until you come back.”

So Tobias went out to look for such a person. But he quickly returned, shouting, “Father! Father!” “Yes, what is it?” I asked. “One of our people has just been murdered! Someone strangled him and threw his body into the market-place.”

I jumped up and left the table without even touching my food. I removed the body from the street and carried it to a little shed, where I left it until sunset, when I could bury it.

Then I returned home and washed, so as to purify myself. In deep sorrow I ate my dinner.

I was reminded of what the prophet Amos had said to the people of Bethel: “Your festivals will be turned into funerals, and your glad songs will become cries of grief.” I began to weep.

After sunset I went out, dug a grave, and buried the man.

My neighbours thought I was mad. “Haven’t you learnt anything?” they asked. “You have already been in danger once for burying the dead, and you would have been killed if you had not run away. But here you are doing the same thing all over again.”


Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 112:1B-2, 3B-4, 5-6

R. (1b) Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

His generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance.

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.


Alleluia – SEE Revelation 1:5AB

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus Christ, you are the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead;
you have loved us and freed us from our sins by your Blood.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel – Mark 12:1-12

Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders in parables: “Once there was a man who planted a vineyard, put a fence round it, dug a hole for the winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he let out the vineyard to tenants and left home on a journey.

When the time came to gather the grapes, he sent a slave to the tenants to receive from them his share of the harvest.

The tenants seized the slave, beat him, and sent him back without a thing.

Then the owner sent another slave; the tenants beat him over the head and treated him shamefully.

The owner sent another slave, and they killed him; and they treated many others the same way, beating some and killing others.

The only one left to send was the man’s own dear son. Last of all, then, he sent his son to the tenants. ‘I am sure they will respect my son,’ he said.

But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the owner’s son. Come on, let’s kill him, and his property will be ours!’

So they seized the son and killed him and threw his body out of the vineyard.

“What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do?” asked Jesus. “He will come and kill those tenants and hand the vineyard over to others.

Surely you have read this scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.

This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!’”

The Jewish leaders tried to arrest Jesus, because they knew that he had told this parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.

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