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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 14:22-36 (or Mt 15:1-2, 10-14) - 
Immediately, Jesus obliged his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the crowd away.
And having sent the people away, he went up the mountain by himself, to pray. At nightfall, he was there alone. Meanwhile, the boat was very far from land, dangerously rocked by the waves, for the wind was against it.
At daybreak, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. When they saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, thinking that it was a ghost. And they cried out in fear. But at once, Jesus said to them, “Courage! Don’t be afraid. It’s me!” Peter answered, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus said to him, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water to go to Jesus. But seeing the strong wind, he was afraid, and began to sink; and he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and took hold of him, saying, “Man of little faith, why did you doubt?”
As they got into the boat, the wind dropped. Then those in the boat bowed down before Jesus, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God!”
They came ashore at Gennesaret. The local people recognized Jesus and spread the news throughout the region. So they brought to him all the sick people, begging him to let them touch just the hem of his cloak. All who touched it became perfectly well.

Jesus’ disciples are criticized by the Pharisees for not strictly observing customary laws and rituals particularly that of purification, i.e., washing their hands before eating. The Pharisees believe that their non-observance of these legal prescriptions automatically makes them less religious. It can also be taken to mean they lack respect for the Law and Sacred Scriptures. Jesus takes the occasion to make a clarification that “what defiles a person is not what enters into his mouth but what comes out of his mouth.”
Sin is not found in what one eats but in the person’s abuse of the gift of speech. By saying this Jesus is in effect saying that what needs purification, first and foremost is the interior or the heart of a person. External purification should mirror the internal cleansing that preceded it. External purification is a sham and does not make sense unless the person is interiorly clean. It could also be taken to mean that for Christians the choice and amount of food intake should never be a matter to be morally disputed about except perhaps for health benefits or otherwise.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 14:13-21 -
          When Jesus hear of it, he set out by boat for a secluded place, to be alone. But the people heard of it, and they followed him on foot from their towns. When Jesus went ashore, he saw the crowd gathered there, and he had compassion on them. And he healed their sick. Late in the afternoon, his disciples came to him and said, “We are in a lonely place and it is now late. You should send these people away, so that they can go to the villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fishes.” Jesus said to them, “Bring them here to me.” Then he made everyone sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fishes, raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced the blessing, broke the loaves, and handed them to the disciples to distribute to the people. And they all ate, and everyone had enough; then the disciples gathered up the leftovers, filling twelve baskets. About five thousand men had eaten there, besides women and children.

“He had compassion on them.” It was compassion (mercy) that moved Jesus to forego his own needs so that he can teach the people, feed them and heal their infirmities. He desired that the disciples have the same attitude when he commanded them, “you give them something to eat.” He did not accept their practical solution to simply send the people away and have them look for their own food. A compassionate person would not run away from responsibility or getting personally involved in looking for solutions to problems.
One alibi that people come up with to avoid getting personally involved in helping others is that they hardly have enough. They rationalize their unwillingness to help by saying it is not their fault that some people are starving. Jesus does not accept this line of reasoning. With the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes he taught the disciples that “little becomes much when you generously share and joyfully place them in the Master’s hands.”
The feeding of the more than five thousand people is an image of the kingdom of God. Everyone is called to partake of the banquet and it is for free. Everyone is called to share whatever little he or she has, place it in the hands of Jesus. He in turn will bless what is shared and will see to it that everybody’s needs are met. And there will still be plenty of leftovers.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 17:1-9 - 
          Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. Jesus’ appearance was changed before them: his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.
Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Peter was still speaking, when a bright cloud covered them with its shadow; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, my Chosen One. Listen to him.“
On hearing the voice, the disciples fell to the ground, full of fear. But Jesus came, touched them, and said, “Stand up, do not be afraid!” When they raised their eyes, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus. And as they came down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man be raised from the dead.

Read: On this feast of Transfiguration, we are presented with Daniel’s vision of the grandeur of God and the apostles’ vision of the glory of Christ. In his letter, Peter recalls the experience and attests to its authenticity.
Reflect: God is mysterium tremendum, a tremendous mystery that evokes holy fear in those who glimpse it. Isaiah (6:1-5) experienced this and was stunned. But Peter and his friends experienced tremendous joy and love at the sight of transfigured Christ. In the incarnate Christ, the fear-evoking tremendous mystery becomes deeply lovable and approachable. Let us hold both dimensions of God’s mystery and not lose either of them–the mystery that evokes holy fear and holy love.
Pray: Pray for a share in Christ’s transfiguration.
Act: Transfigure a human life today by feeding a hungry child or forgiving an enemy.