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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 1 comment

A GospelGospel: Lk 14:1-6 -
        One Sabbath Jesus had gone to eat a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, and he was carefully watched. In front of him was a man suffering from dropsy; so Jesus asked the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?“ But no one answered. Jesus then took the man, healed him, and sent him away. And he said to them, “If your lamb or your ox falls into a well on a Sabbath day, who among you doesn‘t hurry to pull it out?“ And they could not answer.

Jesus is not unaware that healing is prohibited on Sabbath day yet He did it. The reason for doing so is manifested in His words to the teachers and Pharisees: “If your lamb falls into a well on Sabbath day, who among you doesn’t hurry to pull it?“ He could not afford seeing the man suffering. He acted spontaneously.
In Luke 3:5-6, Jesus taught that human need is more important that the laws of the Sabbath. In fact, He said that Sabbath is made in service to the people and not enslave the people. Of all God‘s visible creatures, we are the most important. We are the most loved. Our life is a sharing from God‘s life, created in His image and likeness. Jesus came for us. He died for us. All He did was for man to be happy and reach the fullness of life. Our being and our dignity are such that Jesus would even dispense the law of the Sabbath if only to save life. St. John Mary Vianney experienced such love of God and dignity of man that he said; “One soul is worth saving.“ In the words of Ninoy Aquino: “The Filipino is worth dying for.“ Let us appreciate our gift of life and its dignity. Let us be grateful to God for His care. Let us observe the “Day of the Lord,“ Sunday not simply as a law but a way to achieve the best of life as designed by God.

12 January 2017 In English 1 comment

A GospelGospel: Mt 25:31-46 -
        “When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his Glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
The King will say to those on his right: ‘Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me into your house. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see me.‘
Then the righteous will ask him: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food; thirsty and give you drink, or a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to see you?‘ The King will answer, ‘Truly, I say to you: whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.‘
Then he will say to those on his left: ‘Go, cursed people, out of my sight into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked and you did not clothe me; I was sick and in prison and you did not visit me.‘
They, too, will ask: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help you?‘ The King will answer them: ‘Truly, I say to you: whatever you did not do for one of these little ones, you did not do for me.‘
And these will go into eternal punishment, but the just to eternal life.

As we remember and pray for our departed brothers and sisters today, death could be the best point to reflect on. Death is a destiny. When we came into the world, death has become natural to man. No man lives forever in this world. “There is a time to be born and a time to die“ (Eccle. 3:2). Of course, we do not have to forget that death is penalty for sin. “As sin came into the world through one man and death through sin. And so death spread to all men because all men sinned“(Rom. 5:12). Death reminds us of our limitedness. We have only one life, lived in a given time. But death is not simply an end of earthly journey, it is also a passing to another life, the life eternal promised by Jesus. The promised life has to be worked here on earth. What then shall we do to have a happy death?
An anonymous author said: “When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you will be smiling and everyone around you will be crying.“ This could be the measure of how we lived our life when we face death. The gospel reminds of Winston Churchill. He said, “We make a living by what we get: We make a life by what we give.“ Our gospel today confirms this, “Truly I say to you, just as you did it for one of the least of theses brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.“

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A GospelGospel: Mt 5:1-12a -
         When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. He sat down and his disciples gathered around him. Then he spoke and began to teach them:
Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Fortunate are those who mourn; they shall be comforted.
Fortunate are the gentle; they shall possess the land.
Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy.
Fortunate are those with pure hearts, for they shall see God.
Fortunate are those who work for peace; they shall be called children of God.
Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God. For that is how this people persecuted the prophets who lived before you.

Every time there is an announced canonization or beatification, I feel envious and always want to attend it. Thank God I was able to attend some. I feel envious because I know I could also be beatified or canonized. To be a saint is our calling. It is the end of life we all want to attain. The envy that I have always lead to deep self-examination, it strengthens and inspires me to go on with life especially in moments of dryness and difficulties. Reflecting on the lives of the saints, many of them, except the martyrs, did not perform extraordinary things but simply faithful to their ordinary duties and putting much love on it. They do it for the love of God and neighbor, not wanting to be praised and rewarded. However their goodness never escaped the eyes of God. They are canonized saints. I feel deep joy every time I think of them. I always feel their soft voice telling me, “you are destined to be with us.“ “ We are waiting for your coming.“ What then shall we do?
The following can help us for our reflections: The great use of life is to spend it for something that will last–(William James), “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe–(St Augustine), Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product–(Eleanor Roosevelt)