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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: Mt 19:16-22 -
          It was then, that a young man approached him and asked, “Master, what good work must I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One, only, is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.” The young man said, “Which commandments?” Jesus replied, “Do not kill; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother. And love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him, “I have kept all these commandments. What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell all that you possess, and give the money to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me.”
On hearing this, the young man went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

On the one hand, money, material wealth or riches are truly blessings from God. On the other hand, they likewise have the potential of becoming the greatest obstacles to entry into the kingdom of God. Experience has shown that more people are sidetracked from the goal of Christian perfection by materialism than by anything else. When Jesus is our Master and Lord, money serves us. But if money is our master, we become its slave.
Having money or wealth is, to be sure, not a sin. But failing to use it according to the purpose for which God gave it to us, is. It is not an end in itself, rather it is simply a means toward an end namely, salvation or the kingdom of God. Hence, how we manage and use money or material wealth affects our chances in entering the kingdom. “If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? ….You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:11-13).
The Biblical concept of stewardship is quite helpful when talking about the issue of money or material wealth. We are not owners of the money or wealth that we have, we are merely stewards. It is God who owns it all. In the Bible a steward was a servant entrusted to manage an estate. He was expected to be trustworthy in managing it, using it according to the will of the owner or master.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 15:21-28 -
          Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from the area, came and cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But Jesus did not answer her, not even a word. So his disciples approached him and said, “Send her away! See how she is shouting after us.”
Then Jesus said to her, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the nation of Israel.”
But the woman was already kneeling before Jesus, and said, “Sir, help me!” Jesus answered, “It is not right to take the bread from the children and throw it to puppies.” The woman replied, “That is true, sir, but even puppies eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said, “Woman, how great is your faith! Let it be as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Read: God’s house is a house of prayer for all peoples, irrespective of their race, religion, color, or nationality. Jesus affirms this reality by healing the daughter of the Canaanite woman. Paul reiterates this fact by declaring that the call of God is for all peoples, and cannot be nullified.
Reflect: We live in paradoxical times: Amidst the growing globalization, we also face the reality of growing narrow-mindedness, ethnocentrism, and tribalism. Religious fundamentalism, cultural intolerance, and national jingoism are on the rise. In such scenario, how open and receptive are you in seeing the face of Christ in the other who is different in religion, race, culture, and color?
Pray: Let us pray for the gift of dynamic tolerance that can help us embrace the other as brother/sister.
Act: Have a dialogue with a person of another faith, with the intention of listening and understanding him/her without prejudgment.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 19:13-15 -
          Then little children were brought to Jesus, that he might lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. Jesus then said, “Let the children be! Don’t hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are humble, like these children.” Jesus laid his hands on them and went away.

There is something unusual here in Jesus’ teaching and action. He invites to himself the little children who were of least consequence and with no powerful standing in society, proposes them as models for human behavior especially in receiving the Kingdom of God. We are aware that in the Jewish culture during the time of Jesus, children were not taken seriously. They were not given the respect and esteem that they deserved. By presenting them as exemplars for how to receive the kingdom, Jesus was in effect recognizing the positive qualities or virtues exhibited by young children such as humility, docility, transparency/honesty and obedience – among others.
Jesus’ teaching and action favoring innocent children serves as an encouragement for most of us. Even though we might feel inferior to everyone else, Jesus tells us we are worth a billion in God’s sight. That should give enough self-esteem and self-confidence. We are loved and “small people” like us have a place in the kingdom of heaven. At the same time, the respect for children and their ability to symbolize the proper approach to the kingdom of God seems particularly important in view of recent revelations about child abuse. Abuse of children is rooted in a lack of respect and appreciation of their worth. It might help to keep in mind always that there is so much that innocent little children can teach us.

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