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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.

03 October 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 9:57-62 -
As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

To another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he answered, “Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Another said to him, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” And Jesus said to him, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.”

REFLECTION
To think about doing something and then to postpone it, is to separate thought from action, and to separate oneself from both.  Planning is the great alibi.  I feel I could not possibly do something without planning it; it would be most imprudent!  So I begin to plan.  Then as I go into the details I discover all sorts of uncertainties (of course! – because the future is always uncertain).  So I have to plan some more, and more, and more….  All the while, what am I doing?  Nothing! I am planning to do something but I am actually doing nothing.  But if the house went on fire, I would not have to plan how to get out!

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01 October 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 9:46-50
One day the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all, is the one who is the greatest.”

Then John spoke up, “Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he doesn’t follow you with us.” But Jesus said, “Don’t forbid him. He who is not against you is for you.”

REFLECTION
The disciples of Jesus, like all of us, had the same problem.  They were “arguing about which of them was the most important.”  Jesus took a child and said, “you must become like children.”  Children were not romanticized in those days:  a child was a nobody.  You must become nobody; then there will be room in you for you—and for all the others.

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30 September 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Mk 9:38–43, 45, 47–48 -
John said to him, “Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he does not belong to our group.” Jesus answered, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in my name can soon after speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you a drink of water because you belong to Christ and bear his name, truly, I say to you, he will not go without reward. If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble and sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a great millstone around his neck. If your hand makes you fall into sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than with two hands to go to hell, to the fire that never goes out. And if your eye makes you fall into sin, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, keeping both eyes, to be thrown into hell where the worms that eat them never die, and the fire never goes out.

REFLECTION
Read
• Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48: More stonehard sayings of Jesus about discipleship.
Reflect
• Following Jesus is really challenging and never a chance to be complacent. Jesus confronts our mediocrity not only with his hard words but his example. Are we brave enough to follow Him?
Pray
• Pray for costly grace and not cheap grace.
Act
• Are there things that hinder you from following Jesus radically? Try to overcome one today.

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