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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.

06 April 2013 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Mk 16:9–15 -
    After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men too went back and told the others, but they did not believe them.
     Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he told them, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.”

Reflection:
    The Gospel makes us missionaries. Experience of the Resurrection makes us apostles. This phenomenon is akin to what Schillebeeckx calls “an existential inability to do otherwise.” Mary of Magdala meets the Risen Christ, and goes and tells others. Two other disciples encounter the Risen Christ during their travels, and cut short their journey and return to tell others about it. In Acts, Peter and John are ordered under pain of punishment “never again to speak to anyone in the name of Jesus.” But look at their response: “We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” This existential inability to do otherwise is a blessed predicament which Jesus blesses and confirms as a mandate: “Go out to the world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.”  When was the last time you shared your Christ-experience with another person?

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05 April 2013 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Jn 21:1–14 -
    Jesus revealed  himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were together; and Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They replied, “We will come with you” and they went out and got into the boat. But they caught nothing that night.
     When day had already broken, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus called them, “Children, have you anything to eat?” They answered, “Nothing.” Then he said to them, “Throw the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they had lowered the net, they were not able to pull it in because of the great number of fish.
     Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” At these words, “It’s the Lord,” Simon Peter put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and jumped into the water. The other disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish; they were not far from land, about a hundred meters.
    When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the-fish you’ve just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed into the boat and pulled the net to shore. It was full of big fish – one hundred and fifty-three – but, in spite of this, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast,” and not one of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and he did the same with the fish.
This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after rising from the dead.

Reflection:
        The disciple whom Jesus loved is the first to recognize the Lord at his manifestation. But it is other disciple who loves Jesus that acts first on the recognition. The first disciple recognizes the voice of the beloved and informs Peter: “It’s the Lord.” No sooner had the words reached Peter’s ears than he jumped into the water. This is the second time we find Peter jumping into water, but the two jumps cannot be more different in quality. The first jump was out of a desire to confirm the identity of Jesus (Matt 14). During that jump, Peter started cautiously only to lose confidence and drown in fear. Not this time. Peter does not even pause to test the claim of the other disciple. Caution is thrown to the winds. If he was paralyzed by the chaotic environment then, this time around he does not even bother to look around. The heart that truly loves cannot wait. It has already leaped out of the boat and swum to the Master; the body merely follows it without a care in the world.
    You are a disciple whom Jesus loves to perfection. Are you a disciple who loves Jesus to perfection as well? That would be an awesome combination!

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04 April 2013 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Lk 24:35–48 -
     The two disciples told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
     As they went on talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. (And he said to them, “Peace to you.”) In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, “Why are you upset and why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have.” (As he said this, he showed his hands and feet.)
    In their joy they didn’t dare believe and were still astonished. So he said to them, “Have you anything to eat?” and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it before them.
     Then Jesus said to them, “Remember the words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
     And he went on, “You see what was written: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses to this.

Reflection:
       “In their joy they didn’t dare believe and were still astonished.” Is it ever possible that we are so delighted at an event that we can hardly believe it is real? Evidently there is. Such moments happen in very intimate relationships. Think of a family that has lost all traces of one of its members. After years of waiting, everyone is resigned to the possibility that she is dead and gone. But then, on a fine morning, the missing person returns. The family members are so filled with joy that they are afraid to believe it is real. What if she is not the same person and it all turns out to be yet another heart-break?
    The disciples didn’t have to be worried. The resurrection of Jesus is nonreversible. The Resurrection Effect continues to make waves and stun people—as is evident from people’s reaction to Peter’s curing of the crippled man at Solomon’s Porch. Perhaps Tertullian’s famous words are helpful in believing the event and its effect: “It is to be believed because it is absurd.”

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