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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 October 2016 In English 0 comment

A Gospel

Gospel: Mt 7:6, 12-14 -

     Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls before pigs. They might trample on them, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces.
    So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there, you have the law and the prophets.
    Enter through the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the road, that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life; and how rough, the road; few there are, who find it.

     Any gift given in order to be relished and honored needs a proper receiver. That is why Jesus cautions us not to give anything that we hold dear and sacred to those that will neither appreciate it, nor honor it for lack of capacity to do so. They are not ready for the gift. They do not feel the need to have it. It is a foolish expenditure of effort that could have been otherwise used to a much better endeavor.
     Also, love begets love. Reciprocity means that we receive back what we invest in others. Although this is not always the case, still it is better to err on the side of love. And this capacity to hope for the best but not tied up to the response of others when we do good needs a disciplined and tempered heart. One that has navigated the narrow gate that leads to life. It has its own share of wounds. Yet it realized that always, love is the better option. It is a power that is never diminished in space and time.

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A Gospel

Gospel: Mt 7:1-5 -

     Do not judge; and you will not be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged; and the measure you use for others will be used for you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, and not see the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Come, let me take the speck from your eye,’ as long as that plank is in your own? Hypocrite, remove the plank out of your own eye; then, you will see clearly, to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.

     To be a judge is a big responsibility. You need time for studies and training in order to be appointed as such. You also need to adhere to a certain lifestyle that facilitates impartial judgment. This tremendous call for responsibility is the reason why there are few judges. Most would never qualify, or if qualified, are not willing to embrace the responsibility.
    Yet many of us want to play the appointed judge especially in the moral sphere. We are so sure of our own goodness that others pale in comparison to us. Hence we feel the sense of entitlement. But Jesus invites us not to act as judge but as companions of those who have fallen from grace. This is an invitation to empathize with fallen humanity, to be part of its agony and its process of healing and reconciliation with God. When we do not become “the other” but to be “with another” we share in the collective hopes and dreams of humanity, we become at home in this good earth that we live in.

12 October 2016 In English 0 comment

A Gospel

Gospel: Mt 10:26-33 -

     There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered. There is nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the housetops.
     Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For a few cents you can buy two sparrows. Yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows!
    Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me before others, I will reject before my Father in heaven.

Read: Engulfed by rejection and persecution, Jeremiah finds solace in the promises of Yahweh. We are engulfed by sin, but God’s grace will help us triumph over it. No human life is outside the caring providence of God, as every person is precious in God’s eyes.
Reflect: There may be times our life seems drowned in physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering. We may feel betrayed, rejected, abandoned, and persecuted. Our very life may seem like a burden too great to bear. But those are the very times we must trust in the goodness of the Lord and his promises. We have been redeemed by no less than the blood of Jesus Christ and therefore, for God, we are far more precious than anything else in creation.
Pray: Pray like Jeremiah: “To you, O Lord, I entrust my cause.”
Act: Write out a prayer of trust in God’s providence, which may be used in times of trials.