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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: 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.”

“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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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.

• 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.
• Faith can bring healing, as in the story of the woman with the hemorrhage. How does your faith help you in difficult circumstances?
• 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.
• Continue the ministry of Jesus by offering healing touch and healing conversations to someone in need.

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21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 8:5-17

 - When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, “Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

The captain answered, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: ‘Go,’ he goes, and if I say to another: ‘Come,’ he comes, and to my servant: ‘Do this,’ he does it.”

When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, “I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness; there they will wail and grind their teeth.”

Then Jesus said to the captain, “Go home now. As you believed, so let it be.” And at that moment his servant was healed.

Jesus went to Peter’s house and found Peter’s mother-in-law in bed with fever. He took her by the hand and the fever left her; she got up and began to wait on him. Towards evening they brought to Jesus many possessed by evil spirits, and with a word he drove out the spirits. He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled what was said by the prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took on himself our diseases.

Why do soldiers have to march rather than just walk?  Because when they march they look more like a mindless machine, and this is calculated to strike fear into everyone who sees them.  We have to beware of people who worship uniformity and “efficiency” -  in Church and state alike.  It is only about appearances.  There is infinitely more vitality and creativity in the drift of ordinary life.  But wait a moment!  The army officer in today’s reading says to Jesus, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof.”  He knew that Jews incurred ritual uncleanness on entering the house of a pagan, and he wanted to save Jesus this inconvenience.  It was out of consideration that he said, “Say but the word….” He wasn’t an army man through and through.  There is hope for every one of us!

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