SCHOOL OF THE WORD ONLINE

Read. Learn. Live the Gospel

Daily Gospel

English (2177)

daily gospel

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 September 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Mk 9:30–37 -
Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; but Jesus did not want people to know where he was because he was teaching his disciples. And he told them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him, but three days after he has been killed, he will rise.” The disciples, however, did not understand these words and they were afraid to ask him what he meant. They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, Jesus asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they did not answer because they had been arguing about who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve and said to them, “If someone wants to be first, let him be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child, placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, “Whoever welcomes a child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not me but the One who sent me.”

REFLECTION
Read
• Mark 9: 30–37 For the second time Jesus predicts his passion; the disciples do not understand and Jesus gives another lesson on discipleship.
Reflect
• Why must Jesus suffer and die? Do we accept suffering not only as part and parcel of life but even essential to following the Lord?
Pray
• Pray for the strength to withstand trials in your ministry.
Act
• Learn greatness from the simplicity and humility of little children.

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

22 September 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Luke 8:4-15 -
As a great crowd gathered and people came to him from every town, Jesus began teaching them through stories, or parables, “The sower went out to sow the seed. And as he sowed, some of the grain fell along the way, was trodden on and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and no sooner had it come up than it withered, because it had no water. Some fell among thorns; the thorns grew up with the seed and choked it. But some fell on good soil and grew, producing fruit—a hundred times as much.” And Jesus cried out, “Listen then, if you have ears to hear!”

The disciples asked him, “What does this story mean?” And Jesus answered, “You have been granted to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to others it is given in the form of stories, or parables, so that seeing they may not perceive and hearing they may not understand.”
Now, this is the point of the parable:
The seed is the word of God. Those along the wayside are people who hear it, but immediately the devil comes and takes the word from their minds, for he doesn’t want them to believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are people who receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe for a while and give way in time of trial. Among the thorns are people who hear the word but as they go their way, are choked by worries, riches, and the pleasures of life; they bring no fruit to maturity. The good soil, instead, are people who receive the word and keep it in a gentle and generous mind, and persevering patiently, they bear fruit.

REFLECTION
When you put things into a place, the place becomes fuller than before, and it is eventually quite full, so that there is no room left.  But almost the opposite is true of the heart.  The more you put in, the more room there is – for more of the same.  If you put wealth and privilege there, you develop a need for more of the same.  If you put prayer and meditation there, you want to pray and meditate even more.  But wealth and privilege can very easily exclude prayer and meditation:  the more of one, the less of the other.  Yes, the heart is a strange place.  If it can be called a place at all; it certainly has a different kind of geometry.

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

21 September 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13 -
As Jesus moved on, he saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom-house, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And Matthew got up and followed him. Now it happened, while Jesus was at table in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and other sinners joined Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this they said to his disciples, “Why is it that your master eats with those sinners and tax collectors?”
When Jesus heard this he said, “Healthy people do not need a doctor, but sick people do. Go and find out what this means: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

REFLECTION
St. Augustine thinks Matthew was not called at the same time as the others because he had some financial matters to finish off.  But a sixth century writer took it that Matthew left his affairs in disorder, a thing that greatly impressed him.  It must be particularly difficult for someone who deals with figures to leave them unbalanced.  Do we have to balance our books before we set out on the Gospel path?

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