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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 6:19-23
- Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it.
“For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!”

REFLECTION
The lamp of the body is the eye.  “Love comes in at the eye,” said W. B. Yeats, an Irish poet.  Yet, an Irish proverb says, “When you go forth to see a wife, leave your two eyes at home and bring your two ears with you.”  The problem is that the eye is not always wise; so often we see what we want to see and not what is really there.  If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness, says the Gospel.  “Lord, that I may see!” said the man in the Gospel.  It is perhaps the most fundamental prayer.

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18 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15

 - Jesus said to his disciples, “When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need, even before you ask him.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
holy be your name,
your kingdom come
and your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts
just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
Do not bring us to the test
but deliver us from the evil one.’
“If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either.”

REFLECTION
Has it ever struck you that in the Our Father (the pattern of all Christian Prayer) there is no mention of Jesus, his life, death, or resurrection, nor mention of any of the Christian mysteries?  This absence indicates to me that it was his own prayer.  In prayer, he was seized by one single awareness, the Father:  he was not thinking about himself.  When we pray the Our Father we are not praying to him, but with him; we are praying his prayer.  We are so close to him that we do not see him!  We (so to speak) inside his head looking out through his eyes and seeing, like him, only the Father.  We are praying in him.  All Christian praying is praying “in Christ.”

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18 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be careful not to make a show of your righteousness before people. If you do so, you do not gain anything from your Father in heaven. When you give something to the poor, do not have it trumpeted before you, as do those who want to be seen in the synagogues and in the streets in order to be praised by the people. I assure you, they have been already paid in full.

“If you give something to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift remains really secret. Your Father who sees what is kept secret, will reward you.
“When you pray, do not be like those who want to be seen. They love to stand and pray in the synagogues or on street corners to be seen by everyone. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is with you in secret; and your Father who sees what is kept secret will reward you.

“When you fast, do not put on a miserable face as do the hypocrites. They put on a gloomy face, so people can see they are fasting. I tell you this: they have been paid in full already. When you fast, wash your face and make yourself look cheerful, because you are not fasting for appearance or for people, but for your Father who sees beyond appearances. And your Father, who sees what is kept secret will reward you.”

REFLECTION
One is left in doubt that a deep truthful interiority is essential to a Christian life.  A tree has to sink its roots deep into the ground, otherwise it comes down in the first storm (or perhaps it does not because it has never been able to raise itself up).  If you project your imagination down into the ground where the roots are, you find a strange world of darkness, silence, and stillness.  This is the opposite of the world above ground; there you have light, noise, movement.  We are like trees in that respect.  If we identify our life with the public part, the part “above ground,” we will not be able to withstand the storms of life, and we will have no profound resources for growth.  Our actions, our lives, like trees, emerge from a rich darkness, silence, and stillness.

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