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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 0 comment

A GospelGospel: Mt 25:1-13 -
          This story throws light on what will happen in the kingdom of heaven: Ten bridesmaids went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were sensible.
The careless bridesmaids took their lamps as they were, and did not take extra oil. But those who were sensible, took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom delayed, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.
But at midnight, a cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here, come out and meet him!‘ All the maidens woke up at once, and trimmed their lamps. Then the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some oil, for our lamps are going out.‘ The sensible ones answered, ‘There may not be enough for us and for you. You had better go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.‘
When the bridegroom came, the foolish maidens were out buying oil, but those who were ready went with him into the wedding feast, and the doors were shut.
Later the other bridesmaids arrived and called out, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!‘ But he answered, ‘Truly I do not know you.‘
So stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

During the time of Jesus a wedding was a very important community event. It was a celebration that usually lasted a few days, the climax of which was the arrival of the groom at the bride‘s house where a group of bridesmaids joyfully welcomed him. There were times when the groom mischievously delayed his arrival to catch them by surprise.
Jesus made use of this image to admonish people about the need for constant vigilance and to be always ready for his coming at the end of time. Some people will be caught off guard because they never take it seriously. In the Gospel, the bridegroom‘s delay gives the foolish bridesmaids the occasion to do something but they fail to take the opportunity. They give in to complacency, wasting their time, talents, gifts and opportunities given them by the Lord. As a result they lose the chance to enter the eternal banquet in the kingdom.
The oil which lighted the lamps of the bridesmaids is sometimes taken to be symbolic of the acts of kindness, love and mercy that believers accomplish as a manifestation of their active and dynamic faith. It is likewise accepted as symbolic of the virtues that a believer develops and lives by. This parable can be read along the Parable of the Last Judgment (Mat 25:31-46) where all will be judged according to the good deeds that we did or failed to do.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 24:42-51 -
          Stay awake then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Obviously, if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief was coming, he would certainly stay up and not allow his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.
Imagine a faithful and prudent servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time. Fortunate, indeed, is that servant, whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly I say to you, his lord will entrust him with everything he has.
Not so with the bad servant, who thinks, ‘My master is delayed.’ And he begins to ill-treat his fellow servants, while eating and drinking with drunkards. But his master will come on the day he does not know, and at the hour he least expects. He will punish that servant severely; and place with him with the hypocrites. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It is often said that the purpose of our earthly life is to prepare for the next one beyond the grave. But how many of us really take that seriously? More often than not we live our lives as though this was the only one we will ever have. Jesus reminds us once more that a day of judgement will certainly come and we will all have to render an accounting of our stewardship. We better be ever-ready and vigilant because “the Son of Man is coming at the time you least expect.” Preparedness for the coming of the Lord as judge will conquer all our fears especially that of being taken by surprise. The best way to prepare for that coming is to obediently do His Will. When we are busy being about the Father’s business we can hope to be blessed by Him when He returns.
There is a stern warning directed to the “worthless servants” who abuse the authority entrusted to them. A severe punishment awaits those who use the power entrusted to them for their personal agenda. They will end up “wailing” and “grinding their teeth.” The “wailing” is expressive of the pain of their loss of heaven. The “grinding of teeth” is indicative of their disappointment of seeing others in the kingdom while they themselves are excluded.

12 January 2017 In English 0 comment

A GospelGospel: Mt 23:27-32 -
         Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, beautiful in appearance; but, inside, there are only dead bones and uncleanness. In the same way, you appear religious to others, but you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness within. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous. You say: Had we lived in the time of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the blood of the prophets. So, you, yourselves, confess to be the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.
And now, finish off what your ancestors began!

In today’s Gospel text we continue to read Jesus’ denunciations against the scribes and Pharisees. Their hypocrisy is the one big stumbling block which is preventing them from accepting Jesus’ teaching and thereby enter the kingdom of heaven. There is a disturbing incongruity between their external appearance and their interior life. On the outside they “appear religious …but are full of wickedness within.”
When reading this passage there could arise in us a strong temptation toward self-righteousness. We could develop a holier-than-thou attitude. Arrogantly we could look down on the Scribes and Pharisees and quietly enjoy seeing them receive the humiliation they deserve. Perhaps unconsciously we could be thinking of the people we dislike, those whom we consider to be undeserving of the love and mercy of God, and wish that they too be castigated and punished by the Lord.
It would be best that we place ourselves into the shoes of the Scribes and Pharisees. Admit it or not, we are sometimes no better than them. Because we are oftentimes guilty of hypocrisy and inconsistency, let us allow ourselves to be addressed by Jesus as he utters the denunciations. Let us allow him to awaken our consciences, admit our faults and make a firm resolve to change for the better.