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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 3 comments

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19

 - Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, “What do people say of the Son of Man? Who do they say I am?” They said, “For some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Jesus asked them, “But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you but my Father in heaven.

“And now I say to you: You are Peter (or Rock) and on this rock I will build my Church; and never will the powers of death overcome it.

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven.”

REFLECTION
For some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah or Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  In other words, the people see you through the eyes of the past; in fact they think you are the past; all those names they mentioned are the names of dead people.  That is not unusual.  Come to think of it, it is what we do most of the time:  we interpret the present not as something new but as something old.  I shiver a little now when I realize it.  But for one moment, that heavy stone—the dead past—moves aside a fraction of an inch and Peter sees Jesus as “the one who is to come,” the future, the Messiah.  Peter had that moment of grace to see Jesus as God’s new deed.  It is on that faith that the community of the faithful is built.

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Gospel:  Matthew 7:21-29

 - Jesus said to his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, ’Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them openly: ‘I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’

“So, then, anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!”

When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority unlike their teachers of the Law.

REFLECTION
Meister Eckhart wrote, “When St. Paul had done a lot of talking to the Lord, and the Lord had reason much with him, that produced nothing, until he surrendered his will, and said: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’  Then the Lord showed him clearly what he ought to do.  So too, when the angel appeared to our Lady, nothing either she or he had to say would ever have made her the Mother of God, but as soon as she gave up her own will, at that moment she became a true mother of the everlasting Word and she conceived God immediately, who became her son by nature.  Nor can anything make a true human being except giving up one’s will.”

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Gospel: Matthew 7:15-20

 - Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep’s clothing but inside they are wild wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

“A good tree always produces good fruit, a rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So you will know them by their fruit.”

REFLECTION
Trees are our great teachers – strong and silent, dependable, able to endure great storms that would blow us away.  Christians down the ages have seen deep significance in trees.  They can also illustrate something for us.  Trees are our oldest neighbors so they can speak to us.  More than that, they have many things in common with us:  like us, they bear good fruit and bad, or much fruit one year and little the next, or none at all (some are all blossoms and show-off).  And like us, they are incapable of producing fruit that is not in their nature to produce.  To understand ourselves we could do worse than sit under a tree for an hour.

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