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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.

12 January 2017 In English 2 comments

A GospelGospel: Mt 18:12-14 -
        What do you think of this? If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won‘t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? And I tell you, when he finally finds it, he is more pleased about it, than about the ninety-nine that did not go astray. It is the same with your Father in heaven. Your Father in heaven doesn‘t want even one of these little ones to perish.

REFLECTION:
The theme of today‘s gospel reading is God‘s passionate love for humanity. This same parable is told dramatically in Luke 15:4-32 together with two others; the Lost Drachma and the Prodigal Son. Authors and some theologians call the three parables the summary of the whole Bible, especially the New Testament. Our God is a tremendous lover and he loves each one of us as though we are the only ones existing in this planet.
Since every person is a unique individual, God loves him/her with utmost patience. The analogy of a person to that of a sheep is very proper. A person goes astray for the simplest of reasons, to satisfy his curiosity, pride, power or pleasure. So too, is a sheep, easily fooled! God actively works for man‘s return every time he goes astray. He will seek him by varied means and signs to convince him to return to the fold. God rejoices when He finds the lost one. He will protect him from going astray again. May the picture of a good and happy Shepherd with the lost sheep on His shoulder, encourage us to love Him in return and rejoice with God.

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A GospelGospel: Lk 5:17-26
        One day, Jesus was teaching, and many Pharisees and teachers of the law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea, and even from Jerusalem. They were sitting there, while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick. Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn‘t find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof, and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.“ At once the teachers of the law and the Pharisees began to wonder, “This man insults God! Who can forgive sins, but God alone?“
But Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them, “Why are you reacting like this? Which is easier to say: ‘Your sins are forgiven‘ or ‘Get up and walk‘? Now you shall know, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.“ And Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.“ At once, the man stood before them. He took up the mat he had been lying on, and went home praising God.
Amazement seized the people and they praised God. They were filled with a holy fear, and said, “What wonderful things we have seen today!“

REFLECTION:
“Amazement seized the people and they praised God.“ “What wonderful things we have seen today.“ When we witness something usual, we are amazed, we praise God, we tell others of the wonderful things we have seen. Same expressions were uttered by the people, who witnessed the wonders Jesus showed when He healed the paralyzed man.
What were they wondering? They were amazed and wondered at the paralyzed man‘s faith. Nothing stopped them not to bring the man to Jesus. They were so determined. Even Jesus wondered: “when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “My friend your sins are forgiven.“ They wondered how the man was forgiven and how he got up, took his mat, walked and went home praising God.
The wonderful event brings to recall and to learn a lesson that people can be saved through the instrumentality of others: parents, friends, officemates, classmates, etc. St. Monica converted her most sinful and immoral son through her tears and prayers, now a great pillar of the Church, St. Augustine. Many of us can recall the persons who brought us to church, to the sacraments, encouraged and advised us, saved us. Every time, I see lay people who are so committed to their ministry, couple who are so faithful to each other, I wondered. My commitment and fidelity to my priestly life and vows are strengthened. Let us pray and be grateful to people who brought us to God.

12 January 2017 In English 0 comment

A GospelGospel: Mk 1:1-8 -
        This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of Isaiah, the prophet, “I am sending my messenger ahead of you, to prepare your way. Let the people hear the voice calling in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, level his paths.“
So John began to baptize in the desert; he preached a baptism of repentance, for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the people from the city of Jerusalem went out to John to confess their sins, and to be baptized by him in the river Jordan.
John was clothed in camel‘s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and honey. He preached to the people, saying, “After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.“

REFLECTION:
Read: The call rings out for preparing the way of the Lord. God patiently grants us time so that we come to conversion and be rooted in peace. John the Baptist preaches the baptism of repentance.
Reflect: In a world of fast food, lightning speed, and instant results, waiting or taking time to prepare sounds out of place. It feels like waste of time. Advent hardly exists for many–soon after thanksgiving begins Christmas celebration, and by the time Christmas begins, everyone is worn out. However, life and relationships of quality can only develop over careful preparation and patient waiting. It energizes our soul, concentrates the mind, and intensifies our desire for what we are waiting for. How good is our preparation for the coming of the Lord?
Pray: Lord, create in me a chastity of mind that waits in preparedness for your coming.
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