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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.

25 August 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 -
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees sat on the seat of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say, but do not do as they do, for they do not do what they say. They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the shoulders of the people, but they do not even raise a finger to move them. They do everything in order to be seen by people; so they wear very wide bands of the Law around their foreheads, and robes with large tassels. They enjoy the first place at feasts and reserved seats in the synagogues, and being greeted in the marketplace and being called ‘Master’ by the people.

“But you, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master, and all of you are brothers and sisters. Neither should you call anyone on earth Father, because you have only one Father, he who is in heaven. Nor should you be called leader, because Christ is the only leader for you. Let the greatest among you be the servant of all. For whoever makes himself great shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be made great.”

Every word of the gospel is addressed to every Christian without distinction; to the one who proclaims it, as much as to the ones who hear it proclaimed.  It is “alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12).  It can never be used, though it has often been used, by one person against another.  It is not a dead instrument to be brandished at will; it is alive with a life of its own.  The preacher cannot say, “You sinners…” but “We sinners…” because one edge of that sword is always turned towards the speaker.

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24 August 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: John 1:45-51 -
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: he is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, he said of him, “Here comes an Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him.” Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” And Jesus said to him, “Before Philip called you, you were under the fig tree and I saw you.”

Nathanael answered, “Master, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” But Jesus replied, “You believe because I said: ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ But you will see greater things than that.
“Truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Eating is both an animal and a human function:  our animal nature is drawn up into a higher form of life where it is not destroyed but given a deeper and wider meaning.  The still more extraordinary thing is that human life in turn is drawn up into a still higher form of life:  the supernatural.  Again, it is not destroyed by being so raised, rather it is enriched and deepened, in such a way that the simplest things (like eating) can become symbols of the most sublime.  Jesus compared the Kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast, and in the Eucharist everything we believe about God and Christ and our life’s destiny is expressed in the form of a shared meal.  It is common knowledge that a meal prepared by someone who loves you is different from a meal prepared without love.

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23 August 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 -
Jesus began to address the chief priests and elders of the people, once more using parables:
“This story throws light on the kingdom of heaven. A king celebrated the wedding of his son. He sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding feast, but the guests refused to come.

“Again he sent other servants ordering them to say to the invited guests: ‘I have prepared a banquet, slaughtered my fattened calves and other animals, and now everything is ready; come then, to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went away, some to their fields, and others to their work. While the rest seized the servants of the king, insulted them and killed them.

“The king became angry. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. Then he said to his servants: ‘The wedding banquet is prepared, but the invited guests were not worthy. Go, then, to the crossroads and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.’

“The servants went out at once into the streets and gathered everyone they found, good and bad alike, so that the hall was filled with guests.

“The king came in to see those who were at table, and he noticed a man not wearing the festal garment. So he said to him: ‘Friend, how did you get in without the wedding garment?’ But the man remained silent. So the king said to his servants: ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the dark where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“Know that many are called, but few are chosen.”

In the 14th century, Johann Tauler (a disciple of Meister Eckhart) noted: Jesus did not ask you to take up his cross, but to take up your cross! This simple statement has been a source of insight and support for me for many years. My cross will not look at all like the cross of Christ! It will look more like me! We are our own crosses. To carry ourselves along, with all our fears and compulsions and our laziness: that alone could make most days a Good Friday! Add to it all the people we lend a hand to, or a shoulder…

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