Psalms: 107:33-43, 108, 33
Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:9-15
New Testament: Romans 9:1-18
Gospel: John 6:60-71
Reading from the Magisterium: An excerpt from Gaudem et Spes

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

 

‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:67-68)

The question of where to go was the central question of the day for Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In 1933, following the rise of the Nazi party, the legislature point forth a bill that required all churches in Germany to swear an oath of allegiance to the Fuhrer and to display his picture on the altar.

Along with a handful of other theologians, Dietrich refused to take the oath…bucking the trend of almost every other pastor in Germany. He was committed to the truth that only one person deserved veneration on the Table….. Christ himself. He retreated to England for a time, and then was asked to return to Germany to lead an underground Church. Feeling the need to return and serve Christ in his home country, he jumped on a steamer and headed to Europe.

He served the Confessing Church faithfully for years, and even participated in the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler. Right up until his imprisonment and death in 1943, Bonhoeffer held firm to the conviction that he had no other place, except by the side of his Saviour and Lord. May we all be blessed with such courage and conviction. Amen. +

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