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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 October 2016 In English 5 comments

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 6:60-69 -

     After hearing this, many of Jesus‘ followers said, ”This language is very hard! Who can accept it?”
     Jesus was aware that his disciples were murmuring about this, and so he said to them, ”Does this offend you? Then how will you react when you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, not the flesh. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But among you there are some who do not believe.”
     From the beginning, Jesus knew who would betray him. So he added, ”As I have told you, no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
     After this many disciples withdrew and no longer followed him. Jesus asked the Twelve, ”Will you also go away?” Peter answered him, ”Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We now believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

     We cannot drift and just flow with the tide forever. At a certain point we need to make a stand. So in the gospel today, many of those who follow Jesus for the sake of following have finally voiced their stance, they find the teaching hard and not easy to accept. The time of indecision and hesitance is finished. They finally have to leave. It is funny that sometimes, we spent the better part of our time following something that we really could not accept in the end. We hope against all hope that our companionship will somehow miraculously last even though it is founded on our doubts and insincerity. We are not there to discover the truth but to test our strength of holding on to something that will not prosper. We waste our time.
     The Twelve on the other hand choose to stay because they have something they believe to be true. They were convinced that Jesus has the words of eternal life. And so even if the teaching is hard and causes discomfort, even if life becomes a struggle because they were associated with Jesus, they will not leave Jesus and go somewhere. It is their conviction and firm belief in Jesus that will sustain them.

12 October 2016 In English 0 comment

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 6:52-59 -

     The Jews were arguing among themselves, ”How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus replied, ”Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
     My flesh is really food, and my blood is truly drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me, and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me, and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread from heaven; not like that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever.”
     Jesus spoke in this way in Capernaum when he taught them in the synagogue.

      Talks of eating human flesh and blood horrifies us. And in the history of our faith, we have been accused of cannibalistic practices especially in the first four hundred years of our existence. Even during the time of Jesus, horror and disgust at this type of conversation is already evident as our gospel today would show. This happens because some people were not privy to the mystery of our faith. They were not aware that the Jesus in front of them is the Son of the Father. He is not only human. He is also God. Hence His discourse is not on the literal physical plane only but more so on the symbolic and the spiritual as well. This type of conversation needs preparation on the part of the hearer. They need to be schooled in the teachings of Jesus. Hence those who first hear it were scandalized. But those who were already prepared profited much and without fear received the ”flesh and blood” of Jesus, the bread of life that comes from heaven.

12 October 2016 In English 3 comments

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 6:44-51 -

     Jesus said to the crowds: ”No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me. For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
     ”I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread from heaven, so that you may eat of it, and not die.
      ”I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it for the life of the world.”

     Jesus is the bread of the Father, freely given and shared to all. This bread came down from heaven in obedience to the Father so that the world hungry for God would finally have its fill. We can say that Jesus is a type of bread that attracts a particular type of hunger. For not all hunger are alike. It is no wonder that this unique bread of the Father is rejected by many. He is not what they need but something else. Or sometimes they plainly do not know what to make up of their hunger. They do not know what would fill them. It is thus that Jesus speaks of the Father teaching people instructing them and making them aware of their needs. These are the ones who go to Jesus. These are the ones who will find eternal life. And so, ”if today you hear His voice, harden not your heart.” (Ps. 95, 1)