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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 17:20-25 -
        The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, “The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe, and say of it, ‘Look, here it is!‘ or ‘See, there it is!‘ for the kingdom of God is within you.“
And Jesus said to his disciples, “The time is at hand, when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you, ‘Look there! Look here!‘ Do not go with them, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man; but first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by this generation.

“The Kingdom of God is within you“ says Jesus in our gospel reading. Immediately it tells us that God‘s kingdom is not a territorial jurisdiction. It is within us. It is in our heart, when we allow God to reign and to rule our hearts. It is within us when we allow Jesus to walk with us and we decide to walk with Him wherever, whenever and whatever he wants to. In the Lord‘s Prayer, we pray “hollowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as in heaven.“ God‘s kingdom is where God‘s will is perfectly done on earth as in heaven.
Sometimes, we are graced to experience God‘s kingdom. In intense prayer, where there is nothing but quiet, wherein we are so possessed by God and we so possessed God, we experience real peace and joy that can never be compared with anything. It is an exclusive presence of the ME and my God. For me this is a foretaste of God‘s kingdom. It is so sweet an experience with a God who loves us most.

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A GospelGospel: Lk 17:11-19 -
        On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus passed through Samaria and Galilee, and as he entered a village, ten lepers came to meet him. Keeping their distance, they called to him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!“ Jesus said to them, “Go, and show yourselves to the priests.“ Then, as they went on their way, they found they were cured. One of them, as soon as he saw that he was cleansed, turned back, praising God in a loud voice; and throwing himself on his face before Jesus, he gave him thanks. This man was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus asked him, “Were not all ten healed? Where are the other nine? Did none of them decide to return and give praise to God, but this foreigner?“ And Jesus said to him, “Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you.“

How can we not be grateful to God? The Jubilee of Mercy deepened so much my gratitude to God. I almost cannot fathom the depth of God‘s love, which is mercy itself. What moves me so much are the words of St. Paul to the Romans; “It is difficult to die for a righteous person… Someone might dare to die for a good person. God had shown how much He loves us–it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us.. and we were put right with God“ (Rom. 5:6-8). This is how deep God‘s love is! No one who realizes this truth, can be ungrateful. The consequence of sin is death. Because of sin death came (Cf. Rom. 5:12 ff.) We have sinned so many times yet we are alive and sustained by God. God asks nothing but gratitude. “Were not all ten healed?‘ “Where are the other nine?“ Jesus misses our grateful heart. Can we not count our blessings and return to Him and say Thank you?
‘In everything give thanks.“

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A GospelGospel: Lk 17:7-10 -
          Who among you would say to your servant, coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Go ahead and have your dinner‘? No, you tell him, ‘Prepare my dinner. Put on your apron, and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink afterward.‘ Do you thank this servant for doing what you told him to do? I don‘t think so. And therefore, when you have done all that you have been told to do, you should say, ‘We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty.‘“

“It is the will of the Father that you be holy“ (1 Thess 4:3). “Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy“ (Matt. 5:48). God has a goal for us. The exhortations of St. Paul and Jesus should move us to aim high. Jesus does not like mediocrity and doing things simply because one is obligated, that is performing a duty because one is paid. Jesus expects more. A Christian is distinguished from the rest of the world because he works not only out of duty but out of love.
Worse things sometimes happen in the parish. Some donors and bene­factors expect and demand special treatment due to their donation. Worst of all when they think God owes them. And therefore nothing wrong should happen to them; no sickness, no one in the family should fail in examinations, no unexpected death, etc. When these happen, they run from God, they blame God and accuse God as ungrateful and does not know how to pay.
God can never be indebted to us and we can never have any claim from Him. If we did something good, we have only done our duty to be good, as expected, because God has created us good and to be good, “immortal in the likeness of his own nature.