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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 Gospel

Gospel: Lk 11:1-4
        One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place; and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ”Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, ”When you pray, say this: Father, may your name be held holy, may your kingdom come; give us, each day, the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins; for we also forgive all who do us wrong; and do not bring us to the test.”

REFLECTION:
”Lord teach us to pray” was the humble request of one of His disciples as he saw Jesus in deep prayer. The disciple must have difficulties in praying or as we call must be suffering dryness in prayer. He wanted to pray as Jesus prayed. Jesus taught him His prayer. What did Jesus teach his disciple? I am sure among others are the following:
First, these lines which we used to sing when we were minor seminarians; ”Prayer is the key to heaven. But, prayer without faith is like a boat without an oar. Have faith when you speak to the master...” Faith is needed in prayer but not just any kind of faith. A young boy was trapped in a burning house. The father called his son; ”My son jump from the window.” The son answered,” I can‘t see you.” The thick smoke covered his sight. The father strongly persuaded the son to jump. The son jumped and fell into the arms of his father. He jumped because he trusted his father. Prayer needs this quality of faith, a complete trust in God.
During the Roman period, after a successful conquest or victory of the Roman soldiers they have to formally report to the emperor seated on his throne. In their full colorful uniform and at the cheers of the crowd they walk toward the throne. One time, a young boy ran across the marching crowd. The guard stopped him and told the boy, ”you are dishonoring the emperor” but the boy answered loudly, ”to you he is the emperor, to me he is my father.” The boy succeeded to the throne. Every time a person prays, he must never forget that God is Father to him and that he is son of God.

 

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A Gospel

Gospel: Lk 10:38-42 -
        As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he entered a village, and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord‘s feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving, and finally she said, ”Lord, don‘t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me!”
But the Lord answered, ”Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her.”

REFLECTION:
The family of the two sisters, Mary and Martha, is very close to Jesus. Their house in Bethany is the resting place of Jesus every time He goes to Jerusalem and in His return from Jerusalem. They had their brother Lazarus whom Jesus wept over when he died. They were intimate friends of Jesus. Mary and Martha, though they were sisters and living together are different from each other. Some identifies Martha as the icon of work and Mary as icon of prayer. Others say that Martha represents the active life and Mary represents the contemplative life as far as vocation is concerned in the spiritual realm or journey. Others would even say that their lives are too different from each other.
Both Mary and Martha would like to serve Jesus the best in their own particular ways. Their way of serving Jesus reminds me of a question once asked to me in a retreat for high school graduating students: Which is better? action or prayer? A good discussion came out of this question which even resulted to debate. One says action is good. In fact claims that work is prayer. Another says that prayer is good. Prayer is a communion with God. Nothing else is more important than being exclusively with God. All their realizations are good and right. However, St. James says: ”Prayer without action is nothing and work without prayer is nothing but a simple activity” (cf Jas. 2:14-20). Jesus exhorted: ”Away from me can do nothing. With me you can do everything” (Jn. 15:6). The services done by Martha and Mary are complementary. St. Gregory commented that Martha complained against Mary to teach her to work too not only pray. She was asking help because she wanted to finish serving so that she could now pray (talk and to listen to Jesus). This gospel narrative reminds all that a person of God is both active and contemplative.

 

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A Gospel

Gospel: Lk 10:25-37 -
          Then a teacher of the law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, ”Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus re plied, ”What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” The man answered, ”It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied, ”What a good answer! Do this and you shall live.” The man wanted to justify his question, so he asked, ”Who is my neighbor?”
Jesus then said, ”There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him and went off, leaving him half-dead.
It happened that a priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan also was going that way; and when he came upon the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him, and cleaned his wounds with oil and wine, and wrapped them in bandages. Then he put him on his own mount, and brought him to an inn, where he took care of him.
The next day, he had to set off; but he gave two silver coins to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I return.‘”
Jesus then asked, ”Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, ”The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus said, ”Then go and do the same.”

REFLECTION:
What happened to Jonah in the first reading, reminds me of the prophet Jeremiah. He was called by God: ”I chose before I gave you life and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations (Jer. 1:5). Jeremiah was refusing the Lord: ”I do not know how to speak: I am too young” (Jer.1:6). The Lord did not accept Jeremiah‘s reason. The Lord said to him: ”Do not say you are too young… I send you and tell them everything I command you” Jer.1:7). Jonah was running away from the Lord because he did not want to go to Nineveh and to preach to the Ninevites as the Lord has asked him. He wanted to escape to Tarshish. However, the Lord did something to pursue his plan. A turbulent storm prohibited him to pursue his plan. For the safety of everyone on the boat, he was thrown into the sea. The Lord however, sent a large fish and swallowed him. After three days the fish spewed Jonah on the shore of Nineveh. There he preached as the Lord planned. The people repented and adored the Lord.
It is far from the mind of God to be vindictive. He allows evil things to happen not as a punishment but as means to realize His plan. Take note, God‘s plan is different from ours. But it is best for us. What happened to Jonah simply showed that God has the plan and is determined to pursue it until it is done. To fulfill it, He calls each one to be his collaborator. Each one has his own calling, a vocation, a task to perform. That call makes each one a unique person, an irreplaceable one, a precious treasure. No matter how little we can do and give. It will always count.