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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.

23 November 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 19:45-48 -
Jesus entered the Temple area and began to drive out the merchants. And he said to them, “God says in the Scriptures: My house shall be a house of prayer: but you have turned it into a den of robbers.”

Jesus was teaching every day in the Temple. The chief priests and teachers of the Law wanted to kill him and the elders of the Jews as well, but they were unable to do anything, for all the people were listening to him and hanging on his words.

The buyers and sellers did their business in that part of the Temple known as the Court of the Gentiles, where non-Jews could enter.  Jesus chased those traders out of the Court of the Gentiles:  in other words, out of the place where even you and I could have gone.  He did it for us and the likes of us!  The full text that he quoted from went:  “My house shall be a house of prayer for all the peoples.”  He respected us foreigners, more than any of his contemporaries did.  We should not forget that!

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22 November 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 19:41-44 -
When Jesus had come in sight of the city, he wept over it and said, “If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now your eyes are held from seeing. Yet days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and shut you in and press on you from every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, and leave not a stone within you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God.”

In the verse just before this reading, the people were singing and shouting for joy.  Suddenly a change of mood:  Jesus himself is weeping.  Luke’s gospel is noted for these contrasts.  Jesus’ prophecy in today’s reading is composed entirely of quotations from the Old Testament prophets:  Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea….  He was not the first to grieve over Jerusalem; nor was he the last.  But somehow we froze him in that mood of sadness.  There are no pictures of Jesus filled with joy – as he must have been.  If one of the fruits of his Spirit is joy (Gal 5:22), then he himself must have been filled with deep joy.

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21 November 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 19:11-28 -
Jesus was now near Jerusalem and the people with him thought that God’s reign was about to appear. So as they were listening to him. Jesus went on to tell them a parable. He said, “A man of noble birth went to a distant place to have himself appointed king of his own people, after which he would return. Before he left, he summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. He said: ‘Put this money to work until I get back.’ But his compatriots who disliked him sent a delegation after him with this message: ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’

“He returned, however, appointed as king. At once he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made. The first came in and reported: ‘Sir, your pound has earned ten more.’
“The master replied: ‘Well done, my good servant. Since you have proved yourself capable in a small matter, I can trust you to take charge of ten cities.’ The second reported: ‘Sir, your pound earned five more pounds.’ The master replied: ‘Right, take charge of five cities.’

“The third came in and said: ‘Sir, here is your money which I hid for safekeeping. I was afraid of you for you are an exacting person; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.’

“The master replied: ‘You worthless servant, I will judge you by your own words. So you knew I was an exacting person, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow! Why, then, did you not put my money on loan so that when I got back I could have collected it with interest?’
“Then the master said to those standing by: ‘Take from him that pound, and give it to the one with ten pounds.’ They objected: ‘But, sir, he already has ten!’
“I tell you: everyone who has will be given more; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” As for my enemies who did not want me to be king, bring them in and execute them right here in my presence.’”
So Jesus spoke, and he went on ahead of them, on his way to Jerusalem.

This parable is unique in one respect.  It is the only parable told by Jesus that has a historical basis.  It alludes to the journey of Archelaus to Rome in 4 B.C., to have the will of Herod the Great confirmed in his favor:  the lordship of Judea.  A deputation of fifty Jews followed him there to thwart the attempt.  The attempt failed, and on his return Archelaus took bloody revenge.  “To the one who has, more will be given!”  It sounds very unjust.  But Jesus is speaking of other things:  for example, to the one who loves, more love will become possible; to the one who prays, more prayer will be possible.

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