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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: Lk 21:12-19 -
         Before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the synagogues and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to say, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though, because of my name, you will be hated by everyone, not a hair of your head will perish. By your patient endurance you will save your souls.

“Patience is a virtue.“ We are all familiar with that cliché, and many of us know that patience is listed by Paul (Galatians 5:2) among the fruits of the Spirit. So there‘s no argument that we Christians ought to be patient. But what is patience and why do we need to be patient?
Patience comes from Latin word patior, pati, passus, meaning to suffer. Thus, as a virtue, it disposes one to endure discomfort without complaint. It often goes with the virtues of self-control, humility, and generosity. And we need to be patient because the road to holiness and way to heaven is not easy. As a matter of fact, the insistence of Jesus with which Jesus speaks of persecution made us think that for Him persecution is a very ordinary happening in the life of the Church and its followers. Thus, in moments like this, we need to adopt this evangelical attitude; because, as Jesus would tell us in the gospel, it is “by patient endurance that we will save our lives.“

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A GospelGospel: Lk 21:5-11 -
         While some people were talking about the temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, “The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down.“ And they asked him, “Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?“
Jesus said, “Take care not to be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he; the time is near at hand!‘ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don‘t be frightened; for all these things must happen first, even though the end is not so soon.“
And Jesus said, “Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen.

W. Somerset Maugham once said that “Nothing in this world is permanent.“ Indeed, everything will pass away, as Jesus prophesied (Luke 21:33). Yes, even the most powerful kingdom, as we have heard in the first reading, will crumble into pieces. Even the most grandiose temple of Jerusalem, as the gospel has mentioned, will be torn down. And what remains is the Kingdom of God, a kingdom which was inaugurated by Jesus never to be destroyed.
In the first reading we see the destruction of the earthly kingdoms and the establishment of a new Kingdom by God as the prophecy concerning the coming of God‘s Kingdom to be established by Jesus.
The destruction of the temple described in the gospel reading marks the inauguration of God‘s kingdom and its sacrament which is the Church by Jesus.
The readings remind us that nothing is permanent in this world. Only God is permanent, and His kingdom. Let us thank God for establishing his Kingdom on earth and for inviting us to be part of this Kingdom. Let us then be active and faithful members of His kingdom.

12 January 2017 In English 0 comment

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:1-4
       Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury of the temple. He also saw a poor widow, who dropped in two small coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all of them gave an offering from their plenty; but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on.“

Robert Louis Stevenson said that “you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.“ Often times, we are influenced by the criterion: the bigger or higher the amount of the gift, the better. And we forget that what counts in giving is not the gift but the giver; it‘s not the gift in itself but the thoughts and intentions that go with it. In fact, what counts most is the love that accompanies the gift for we can give without loving.
And this is what the gospel is telling us. Jesus‘ criteria are different from us. He qualifies our giving not by amount, but by the quota of sacrifice, love and commitment of life that presupposes.
The poor widow gave more than everybody else because her two coins represented a part of her life and security. In giving them away she was expressing her faith in trust that God was her whole security and only pledge of her life.