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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: 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.”

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21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 8:18-22

 - When he saw the crowd press around him, Jesus gave orders to cross to the other shore. A teacher of the Law approached him and said, “Master, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, let me go and bury my father first.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

REFLECTION
“Leave the dead to bury their dead.”  It sounds heartless.  But we must not become too literal.  Jesus spoke a poetic language.  There is a sad history of unimaginative literal interpretation of the Scriptures.  In this case, surely, the man’s father was not dead, but perhaps elderly; and the man was asking if he could wait till after his father’s death.  No, said Jesus, come now.  Postponement becomes a habit:  after his father’s death he would find another reason for delay, and another.  Jesus is saying to us:  if you want to be free, be free now!

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21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Mark 5:21-43 (or 21-24, 35-43)

 - Jesus then crossed to the other side of the lake and while he was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet and asked him earnestly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may get well and live.”

Jesus went with him and many people followed, pressing from every side. Among the crowd was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a lot at the hands of many doctors and had spent everything she had, but instead of getting better, she was worse. Since she had heard about Jesus, this woman came up behind him and touched his cloak thinking, “If I just touch his clothing, I shall get well.” Her flow of blood dried up at once, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her complaint.

But Jesus was conscious that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding around you. Why do you ask who touched you?” But he kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, aware of what had happened, came forward trembling and afraid. She knelt before him and told him the whole truth.

Then Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be free of this illness.”
While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the official’s house to inform him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?” But Jesus ignored what they said and told the official, “Do not fear, just believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James and John, the brother of James.

When they arrived at the house, Jesus saw a great commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus entered and said to them, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.”

They laughed at him. But Jesus sent them outside and went with the child’s father and mother and his companions into the room where the child lay. Taking her by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha kumi!” which means: “Little girl, get up!”
The girl got up at once and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) The parents were astonished, greatly astonished. Jesus strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

REFLECTION
Read
• Mk 5:21-43: Jesus demonstrates his power over all evil. Two healing miracles are intertwined: the woman with the hemorrhage and the young girl.
Reflect:
• Faith can bring healing, as in the story of the woman with the hemorrhage. How does your faith help you in difficult circumstances?
Pray:
• The healing of memories can be as important as physical healing. If you have bad memories (most if not all people do), they are evil and Jesus has power over them as well. Pray for the healing of your memories.
Act:
• Continue the ministry of Jesus by offering healing touch and healing conversations to someone in need.

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