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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.

07 December 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 9:27-31 -
As Jesus moved on from Capernaum, two blind men followed him, shouting, “Son of David, help us!” When he was about to enter the house, the blind men caught up with him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do what you want?” They answered, “Yes, sir!”
Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “As you have believed, so let it be.” And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus gave them a stern warning, “Be careful and let no one know about this.” But as soon as they went away, they spread the news about him through the whole area.

REFLECTION
In a famous passage in his Confessions, St. Augustine wrote, “You called me, you cried aloud to me, you broke through my barrier of deafness.  You shone upon me; your radiance enveloped me; you put my blindness to flight.  You shed your fragrance about me; I drew breath and now I gasp for you.  I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst for you.  You touched me and I burned for your peace (Book X, 27).  Notice that he uses all five senses.  This is normal in Augustine’s writing:  he is like an organist who uses the full range of the instrument.  We are God’s imperfect instruments; many of the reeds and pipes and applets are broken or missing.  But the Lord is working on us:  one day, we hope, we will fill the world with God’s praise.

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06 December 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 7:21, 24-27 -
Jesus said to his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father.

“So, then, anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!”

REFLECTION
What is sand but a billion tiny rocks?  Look at a pinch of and under a microscope and you will think you are at a quarry.  The only difference between a rock and sand is multiplicity.  If my life is based on scores of different things, all disconnected, I will not know what I am or where I am or why.  I need a basic unity in my life, a single fundamental thrust.  And it has to be more than just talk:  verbal connections, a few handy platitudes when I hit a philosophical mood with a few friends.  It has to be my life, not just talk about my life.  It has to go all the way down to rock-bottom.

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05 December 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 15:29-37 -
Jesus went to the shore of Lake Galilee, and then went up into the hills where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the dumb, the blind, the lame, the crippled, and many with other infirmities. The people carried them to the feet of Jesus, and he healed them. All were astonished when they saw the dumb speaking, the lame walking, the crippled healed and the blind able to see; so they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “I am filled with compassion for these people; they have already followed me for three days and now have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away fasting, or they may faint on the way.” His disciples said to him, “And where shall we find enough bread in this wilderness to feed such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They answered, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

So Jesus ordered the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the small fish and gave thanks to God. He broke them and gave them to his disciples, who distributed them to the people.
They all ate and were satisfied, and the leftover broken pieces filled seven wicker baskets.

REFLECTION
Both Matthew and Mark report two miracles of the loaves.  They seem to want to distinguish them, mentioning that in the first case there were “five loaves and two fish,” but in the second case “seven loaves and a few fish.”  The first meal came at the end of his ministry in Galilee, and the second at the end of his brief ministry to the Gentiles.  The third meal, the Last Supper, was at the end of his entire ministry.  He always leaves us food – strength for the journey.

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