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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.

21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8

 - Jesus got back into the boat, crossed the lake again, and came to his hometown. Here they brought a paralyzed man to him, lying on a bed. Jesus saw their faith and said to the paralytic, “Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven.”

Then some teachers of the Law said to themselves, “This man insults God.” Jesus was aware of what they were thinking, and said, “Why have you such evil thoughts? Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? You must know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralyzed man, “Stand up! Take your stretcher and go home.” The man got up, and went home.

When the crowds saw this, they were filled with awe and praised God for giving such power to human beings.

REFLECTION
By the end of the story Jesus had rearranged everything:  the demons have gone into the pigs, which in turn have gone into the water.  Jews had a great fear of water – for them the sea was the abode of Leviathan, the monster of the deep – as it was appropriate that the pigs should end up there.  Besides it also was fatal to demons so it was right that they should end up there.  Thus, Jesus restores everything to its proper place, and establishes right order.  But the other order could be said to be “right” too in a sense.  The local people were happy with it.  They begged Jesus to go away:  he had upset the arrangement of the world.  That makes me think:  what are the arrangements in my life that seem “right” to me (at least in the sense of being familiar), but which are not right at all?

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Gospel: Matthew 8:28-34

 - When Jesus reached Gadara on the other side, he was met by two demoniacs who came out from the tombs. They were so fierce that no one dared to pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What do you want with us, you, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time?”

At some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. So the demons begged him, “If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” Jesus ordered them, “Go.” So they left and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned.

The men in charge of them ran off to the town, where they told the whole story, also what had happened to the men possessed with the demons. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their area.

REFLECTION
By the end of the story Jesus had rearranged everything:  the demons have gone into the pigs, which in turn have gone into the water.  Jews had a great fear of water – for them the sea was the abode of Leviathan, the monster of the deep – as it was appropriate that the pigs should end up there.  Besides it also was fatal to demons so it was right that they should end up there.  Thus, Jesus restores everything to its proper place, and establishes right order.  But the other order could be said to be “right” too in a sense.  The local people were happy with it.  They begged Jesus to go away:  he had upset the arrangement of the world.  That makes me think:  what are the arrangements in my life that seem “right” to me (at least in the sense of being familiar), but which are not right at all?

CLARETIAN COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDATION, INC.
8 Mayumi Street, U.P. Village, Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (02) 921-3984, 922-9806 • Fax: (02) 921-6205

21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: John 20:24-29

 - Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he replied, “Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer.”

Thomas then said, “You are my Lord and my God.” Jesus replied, “You believe because you see me, don’t you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe.”

REFLECTION
Like Thomas we are invited too to “put your finer here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and put it into my side.”  Most of us know the wounds of Christ firsthand.  I talked with a woman who lives, you could say, in the side of Christ.  Many have lived there, throughout the ages.  “We are now dying with him on his cross, in his pains and passion,” wrote Julian of Norwich in the 14th century, “and when we deliberately remain on that same cross, holding on to the very end, with his help and grace, then suddenly we shall see his expression change and we shall be with him in heaven.  Without a moment’s break we shall pass from one state to the other—and we shall all be brought into joy.”

CLARETIAN COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDATION, INC.
8 Mayumi Street, U.P. Village, Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
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