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The Bible Diary is an attractive publication that contains the scripture readings for the Daily and Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

 Each page contains a reflection and space for the reader to add his or her own thoughts. A real spiritual treasure.

12 January 2017 In English 0 comment

A GospelGospel: Lk 18:1-8
          Jesus told them a parable, to show them that they should pray continually, and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain town there was a judge, who neither feared God nor people. In the same town there was a widow, who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Defend my rights against my adversary!‘ For a time he refused, but finally he thought, ‘Even though I neither fear God nor care about people, this widow bothers me so much, I will see that she gets justice; then she will stop coming and wearing me out.“
And Jesus said, “Listen to what the evil judge says. Will God not do justice for his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night, even if he delays in answering them? I tell you, he will speedily do them justice. But, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?“

The first reading shows the Lord‘s mighty power as He delivers Israel from the Egyptian‘s slavery. “A safe passage was opened through the Red Sea, the tempestuous flood became a green plain where the whole nation of those protected by your hand passed across, witnessing your astounding deeds.“
The judge in today‘s gospel is described as “neither fearing God nor people“ and as “evil judge.“ Yet evil and bad as he is, he did listen to the widow‘s request and rendered decision favoring her. The corrupt judge did goodness. Truly, in the depth of one‘s being, resides the goodness God has sown. It is not totally blotted out by sin. God‘s image and likeness are not permanently erased by sin. Goodness has power over evil. It naturally comes out of a man.
The perseverance and courage of the widow reminds of what St. James wrote: “ Happy is the person who remains faithful under trials, because when he succeeds in passing such a test, he will receive as his reward the life which God has promised to those who love him“ (Jas. 1:12).

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A GospelGospel: Lk 17:26-37 -
        As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be on the day the Son of Man comes. In those days people ate and drank and got married; but on the day Noah entered the ark, the flood came and destroyed them all. So it was in the days of Lot: people ate and drank, and bought and sold, and planted and built; but on the day Lot left Sodom, God made fire and sulfur rain down from heaven, which destroyed them all. So will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, if you are on the rooftop, don‘t go down into the house to get your belongings; and if you happen to be in the fields, do not turn back. Remember Lot‘s wife! Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever gives his life will be born again.
I tell you, though two men are sharing the same bed, it might happen that one will be taken, and the other left; though two women are grinding meal together, one might be taken and the other left.“
Then they asked Jesus, “Where will this take place, Lord?“ And he answered, “Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.“

Many are frustrated. Many too stopped praying because they do not receive reply from God. Asked what they are praying for, their prayers are all petitions, asking for their needs. This reminds me of our retreat master when we were college seminarians who told us; “You love the works of the Lord but you do not love the Lord of the works.“ People pray for miracles but do not pray to the God of miracles. True then is what our first reading is telling us: “They were interested in His works, but they did not recognize the author of them all.“
The world is habituated by different peoples, different in races, religion, profession, cultures and by good and bad. Christians are different from them all. Most often Christians are misinterpreted, misunderstood, discriminated, poor. Many times the bad triumphs, has better financial resources, powerful, happy and easy living. In their times, Noah and Lot lived differently, unnoticed among the marrying, the drinking and perverse people. Only God‘s eyes saw the difference.
God knows who belongs to Him and who is His. When the Son of God comes, God knows whom to take and whom to leave behind. No worry then if our goodness is unnoticed, not recognized, not rewarded. God does not sleep. It will not escape God‘s eyes. He will reward the good and punish the wicked.

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A GospelGospel: Lk 17:20-25 -
        The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, “The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe, and say of it, ‘Look, here it is!‘ or ‘See, there it is!‘ for the kingdom of God is within you.“
And Jesus said to his disciples, “The time is at hand, when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you, ‘Look there! Look here!‘ Do not go with them, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man; but first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation.

“The Kingdom of God is within you“ says Jesus in our gospel reading. Immediately it tells us that God‘s kingdom is not a territorial jurisdiction. It is within us. It is in our heart, when we allow God to reign and to rule our hearts. It is within us when we allow Jesus to walk with us and we decide to walk with Him wherever, whenever and whatever he wants to. In the Lord‘s Prayer, we pray “hollowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as in heaven.“ God‘s kingdom is where God‘s will is perfectly done on earth as in heaven.
Sometimes, we are graced to experience God‘s kingdom. In intense prayer, where there is nothing but quiet, wherein we are so possessed by God and we so possessed God, we experience real peace and joy that can never be compared with anything. It is an exclusive presence of the ME and my God. For me this is a foretaste of God‘s kingdom. It is so sweet an experience with a God who loves us most.

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