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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 October 2016 In English 57 comments

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 15:12-17 -

     Jesus said to his disciples: ”This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you! There is no greater love than this, to give one‘s life for one‘s friends; and you are my friends, if you do what I command you.
     ”I shall not call you servants anymore, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead, I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.
      ”You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another.”

     Loving is easy when it does not need much effort and stays on the level of feelings only. It is tested when such loving has a cost. Jesus identified the type of love that His disciples ought to extend to one another. It is a love that is unfazed even if the cost is to give one‘s life for one‘s friend. This selfless love is the new commandment of Jesus.
     But why is it that Jesus imposed this commandment to His disciples It seemed to be an impossible task. We are naturally jealous of our own comfort and well-being. Our self-centeredness is not only about vanity. It sometimes is about survival. Perhaps the reason is because Jesus wants to share His very attitude to other people to His friends. He Himself showed them that this is possible. He walked His talk. And so Jesus tells His disciple to adhere to the Law of Love so that they will be known as His friends who shared His life during the end of time.

12 October 2016 In English 3 comments

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 15:9-11 -

     Jesus said to his disciples: ”As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father‘s commandments and remain in his love!
     ”I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete.”

     Love is a complicated word. It is so powerful that its misuse sometimes lead to fatal consequences. That is why Jesus was careful to pronounce words of love to His disciples. This is not just a feeling that springs from a happy, grateful or magnanimous heart. His love for His disciples is a commitment. He will take responsibility of this love professed to them. That is why He traces the origin of this love. As the Father loved Him so He will love His own. So the Father is the originator of this Love. Jesus has experienced this love and is now willing to share it. He had the love in abundance from His loving Father. He does not need to invent it on His own. So whenever we make an act of love, may it flow from a heart that knew of Jesus‘ love so that it will ultimately connect with the love of the Father.

12 October 2016 In English 1 comment

A Gospel

Gospel: Jn 15:1-8 -

     Jesus said to his disciples: ”I am the true vine and my Father is the vine grower. If any of my branches doesn‘t bear fruit, he breaks it off; and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, that it may bear even more fruit.
     ”You are already made clean by the word I have spoken to you. Live in me as I live in you. The branch cannot bear fruit by itself, but has to remain part of the vine; so neither can you, if you don‘t remain in me.
”I am the vine and you are the branches. As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away, as they do with branches, and they wither. Then they are gathered and thrown into the fire and burned.
     ”If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask whatever you want, and it will be given to you. My Father is glorified when you bear much fruit: it is then that you become my disciples.”

      Pruning is a good agricultural practice. You take something that is not helpful from a plant in order for it to direct its vigor on those that can give better returns. This means that not all growth facilitates fruitfulness. It may just be a distraction that has no value in the end. It just takes precious resources without giving a favorable return. We too are exhorted to practice ”pruning” in our daily life. For Jesus Christ images us as His branches. He is the source of our fecundity. Grafted in Him, we cannot help but lead fruitful lives.
But in time, we sometimes become complacent. The God given sustenance for a fruitful life is not used for its purpose. We become a lifeless, useless appendage of the vine who is Jesus Himself. This is where we become candidates for pruning. We feel the pain, but this is a transformative pain. It is necessary to jumpstart our being productive. As long as we remain with Jesus, our fruitfulness is gua­ranteed.