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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 17:1-9 - 
          Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. Jesus’ appearance was changed before them: his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.
Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Peter was still speaking, when a bright cloud covered them with its shadow; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, my Chosen One. Listen to him.“
On hearing the voice, the disciples fell to the ground, full of fear. But Jesus came, touched them, and said, “Stand up, do not be afraid!” When they raised their eyes, they no longer saw anyone except Jesus. And as they came down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man be raised from the dead.

Read: On this feast of Transfiguration, we are presented with Daniel’s vision of the grandeur of God and the apostles’ vision of the glory of Christ. In his letter, Peter recalls the experience and attests to its authenticity.
Reflect: God is mysterium tremendum, a tremendous mystery that evokes holy fear in those who glimpse it. Isaiah (6:1-5) experienced this and was stunned. But Peter and his friends experienced tremendous joy and love at the sight of transfigured Christ. In the incarnate Christ, the fear-evoking tremendous mystery becomes deeply lovable and approachable. Let us hold both dimensions of God’s mystery and not lose either of them–the mystery that evokes holy fear and holy love.
Pray: Pray for a share in Christ’s transfiguration.
Act: Transfigure a human life today by feeding a hungry child or forgiving an enemy.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 14:1-12 -
         At that time, the reports about Jesus reached king Herod. And he said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. John has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in John.”
Herod had, in fact, ordered that John be arrested, bound in chains and put in prison, because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. For John had said to Herod, “It is not right for you to have her as your wife.” Herod wanted to kill him but he did not dare, because he feared the people, who regarded John as a prophet.
On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced among the guests; she so delighted Herod that he promised under oath to give her anything she asked for. The girl, following the advice of her mother, said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist, here, on a dish.”
The king was very displeased, but because he had made his promise under oath, in the presence of his guests, he ordered it to be given to her. So he had John beheaded in prison, and his head brought on a dish and given to the girl. The girl then took it to her mother.
Then John’s disciples came, took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

The evangelist Matthew recalls the story of John the Baptist’s execution under Herod after Jesus was rejected by his town mates. He seems to suggest that there is a similar fate that awaits Jesus. He too will suffer the death of an innocent. Rejection and suffering, deserved or undeserved, will always be part of the fate of the Church, the Body of Christ. It is best to look at them against the background of Jesus’ own experience and those of the prophets and martyrs. Our own crucifixion as Church and the proper attitude that must accompany it can become powerful tools of witnessing to the Crucified Lord.
Making sense of meaningless suffering and death especially that of innocent victims appears to be quite impossible. We think of the victims of genocide, suicide bombings and abortion. Their death is, in a way, similar to the death of John the Baptist and the crucifixion of Jesus. Somebody suggested that the best we can do is recall that it was because of such insanity that Jesus came into the world. He came precisely to defeat evil by his own suffering, death and resurrection. Our mission as his disciples is to continue his work until the end of time when He will bring everything into victorious conclusion.

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A GospelGospel: Mt 13:54-58 -
          He went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, “Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t Mary his mother and aren’t James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Where did he get all these things?” And so they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them, “The only place where prophets are not welcome is his hometown and in his own family.” And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Jesus’ town-mates thought they knew Jesus and his background too well. This presumption impeded them from listening and accepting his message. Jesus found them incredulous although they were amazed by this wisdom and special powers. They could not see the presence of the Spirit of God in His words and deeds. Their biases and prejudices prevented them from recognizing the presence of God in their midst.
Whether we admit it or not, we always tend to listen with varying degrees of openness. A lot of times our knowledge of the preacher or speaker can either be a help or an obstacle to listening with openness and sincerity. On the part of the audience, we would do well to remember that the Lord can make use of the most unworthy of instruments to bring his message to his people. The real power behind the words of a homilist or a preacher is the Holy Spirit. On the part of the preacher, for him to be credible, it is essential that “he walks the talk;” that “he believes what he reads, teaches what he believes, and puts into practices what he teaches.”