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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: Luke 1:57-66, 80

 - When the time came for Elizabeth, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the merciful Lord had done a wonderful thing for her and they rejoiced with her.

When on the eighth day they came to attend the circumcision of the child, they wanted to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” They said to her, “No one in your family has that name”; and they asked the father by means of signs for the name he wanted to give. Zechariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote on it, “His name is John,” and they were very surprised. Immediately Zechariah could speak again and his first words were in praise of God.

A holy fear came on all in the neighborhood, and throughout the Hills of Judea the people talked about these events. All who heard of it pondered in their minds and wondered, “What will this child be?” For they understood that the hand of the Lord was with him.

As the child grew up, he was seen to be strong in the Spirit; he lived in the desert till the day when he appeared openly in Israel.

REFLECTION
Read
• Luke 1:57–66, 80 Elizabeth and Zechariah resist popular pressure and, in obedience to the Lord, have their child called John. As reward for carrying out God’s will, Zechariah is freed of his muteness. The positive content of Zechariah’s canticle is worship and holiness of life.
Reflect
• How often I have to recall that God’s ways are not always my ways.
Pray
• Dear God, I ask for the gift to Read • your will in the life experiences that befall me. I ask also for the strength to endure the more difficult things you may require of me.
Act
• Do not hesitate to express an opinion that is not popular but is correct and virtuous. Swim against the tide.

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21 June 2012 In English 39 comments

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

 - Jesus said to his disciples, “No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the first and look down on the second. You cannot at the same time serve God and money.

“This is why I tell you not to be worried about food and drink for yourself, or about clothes for your body. (…) Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, they do not harvest and do not store food in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than birds?

“Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying about it? Why are you so worried about your clothes? Look at the flowers in the fields how they grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his wealth was clothed like one of these. (…) What little faith you have!
“Do not worry and say: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? Or: what shall we wear? The pagans busy themselves with such things; but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God and all these things will also be given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

REFLECTION
What is the difference between anxiety and fear?  It is a matter of usage; people tend to use the word ‘anxiety’ in preference o ‘fear’ when it is a question of unlocated fear – a vague disquiet that goes looking for a reason to be fearful when there is none at hand.  Or it is used to refer to impotent fear:  when there is nothing you can do, when even running away is useless, because everything is out of your hands.  If anxiety stays with you habitually it becomes part of you; it gets to be like a second skin, coming between you and everything you do.  If you are an anxious person, put a large red “X” on today’s reading and come back to it again and again!

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21 June 2012 In English 0 comment

Gospel: Matthew 6:19-23
- Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it.
“For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!”

REFLECTION
The lamp of the body is the eye.  “Love comes in at the eye,” said W. B. Yeats, an Irish poet.  Yet, an Irish proverb says, “When you go forth to see a wife, leave your two eyes at home and bring your two ears with you.”  The problem is that the eye is not always wise; so often we see what we want to see and not what is really there.  If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness, says the Gospel.  “Lord, that I may see!” said the man in the Gospel.  It is perhaps the most fundamental prayer.

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8 Mayumi Street, U.P. Village, Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
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