Bible Diary for April 8th – 14th

Bible Diary

April 8th

Second Sunday of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 4:32-35
The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

2nd Reading: 1 Jn 5:1-6
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one that testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

The Acts describe the “exceptional time of grace“ among the first Christian community where everyone cared for everyone else. Tough act, but for those born of God, His commandments are not burdensome, but are spontaneous response to the gratuitous life Christ offers. The Risen Christ breathes the Holy Spirit on the apostles, and Thomas wins a personal favor from him. There is something about touch that the human beings long for. In the Garden of Eden, when the snake asked for details of God‘s prohibitions, Eve responded: “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden; nor shall you touch it [emphasis added], or you shall die“ (Gen 3:3). The prohibition of touch was not in God‘s original words (cf. Gen 2:17), but was an inventive amplification of Eve‘s desire. Jesus fully well responds to this deep desire to touch, and invites Thomas to touch him intimately and know who he is. How he, the desire of the nations, responds to the deepest and secret desires of ours! What exceptional time of Grace! 

Make a prayer expressing the deepest desire of your heart. He will respond.

Today, express your desire and allow yourself to be acted upon by God.

April 9th

Annunciation of the Lord

1st Reading: Is 7:10-14; 8:10
The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us!”

2nd Reading: Heb 10:4-10
Brothers and sisters:
It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins.
For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

If we reflect on the context of these words of Mary, we are astounded how a young girl of about 15 or 16 could utter these words of total surrender and to what? To become an unwed mother. If now, there is so much shame felt by young teenage girls who find themselves in such a situation. What more in the time of Mary. Just to be a mother at 16 is a great burden, how much more if one would be judged to be an unwed mother. She could not even open up to Joseph. Joseph had to learn it from a dream. This total surrender of Mary at such a young age will be her permanent and constant attitude in the years to come. As we will see in the following years, she would experience things she could not understand – all related to her son and we read like a refrain: AND SHE KEPT ALL THESE IN HER HEART. So her whole life was a FIAT — BE IT DONE UNTO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. Mother Mary, pray that we, too, may be able to follow your example and say FIAT to the things that happen and will happen in our lives.

April 10th

1st Reading: Acts 4:32-37
The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.

Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated Ason of encouragement”),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.

Gospel: Jn 3:7b-15
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
‘How can this happen?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

The mystery of the Blessed Trinity is the most sublime of the mysteries of Christianity. It could not have been invented by any human being. And of the three persons of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the one who is most unknown, most mysterious and most intriguing. It is the aspect of the Divinity that expresses its being truly MYSTERIUM TREMENDUM. And yet it is the one that gives so much hope. Because we humans tend to create God to our own image and likeness making an idol that will justify what we want to do. But that is exactly where the Holy Spirit cannot be placed: in one‘s pocket. Like the wind, She blows where She wills. One cannot predict Her. One cannot manipulate Her to fit one‘s mind set. The Holy Spirit can intervene in any hopeless situation. When there seems to be no way out, no solution, the Holy Spirit can surprise us and lead us out of this hopeless situation. SEND FORTH THY SPIRIT, AND THEY SHALL BE CREATED AND THOU SHALT RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH!

April 11th

St. Stanislaus

1st Reading: Acts 5:17-26
The high priest rose up and all his companions,
that is, the party of the Sadducees,
and, filled with jealousy,
laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
led them out, and said,
“Go and take your place in the temple area,
and tell the people everything about this life.”
When they heard this,
they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
When the high priest and his companions arrived,
they convened the Sanhedrin,
the full senate of the children of Israel,
and sent to the jail to have them brought in.
But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison,
so they came back and reported,
“We found the jail securely locked
and the guards stationed outside the doors,
but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report,
they were at a loss about them,
as to what this would come to.
Then someone came in and reported to them,
“The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area
and are teaching the people.”
Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them,
but without force,
because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Gospel: Jn 3:16-21
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

The sentence before this says: “Whoever does wrong hates the light and doesn‘t come into the light for fear that his deeds will be seen as evil“ Darkness and wrongdoing come together. When people begin telling a lie, they go deeper and deeper into darkness and after sometime they no longer know what is truth and what are lies in their lives. We see this many times in the lives of politicians who have to cover up their misdeeds until they live under layers and layers of light. But as soon as sometone experiences true conversion, the first thing s/he does is to come out of darkness and emerge into light. I saw this when we put Jun Lozada, the NBN-ZTE whistleblower, in our sanctuary. I witnessed his move from darkness into light and became a champion of truth-telling. He said once, “It is relatively easy to tell the truth in one grand moment like appearing before the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing. What is difficult is to continue living in TRUTH to be living always in the light where one‘s every action can be scrutinized and judged.“ But the freedom of spirit, the joy of life that come with the commitment to truth and to live in the light is infinitely more worthwhile than living in darkness.

April 12th

1st Reading: Acts 5:27-33
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men.
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.

Gospel: Jn 3:31-36
The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.

Laws are made by human beings to facilitate life in a community. However, there is a tendency for people in power to use law for their own advantage even to oppress people. That is why not everything legal is moral. In the Philippines, Martial Law was legal but it certainly was immoral. I remember as Dean of College, I had to answer a professor who was questioning my critique of Martial Law and even disobeying its ordinances by openly going to rallies, etc. And my answer was exactly this: Not everything legal is moral, And as people of conscience we have to fight what is immoral even if by doing so we violate a law and therefore we must take the consequence of our actions. That is why during Martial law there were thousands and thousands of political detainees. A legal system is not always a justice system as we see from the unfair practices in our courts where big criminals are acquitted and innocent people are convicted.“ That is why this scriptural passage is so important. It really is better for us to obey God rather than human authority.

April 13th

St. Martin I

1st Reading: Acts 5:34-42
A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.

Gospel: Jn 6:1-15
Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.
A large crowd followed him,
because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.
Jesus went up on the mountain,
and there he sat down with his disciples.
The Jewish feast of Passover was near.
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him,
he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”
He said this to test him,
because he himself knew what he was going to do.
Philip answered him,
“Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough
for each of them to have a little.”
One of his disciples,
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish;
but what good are these for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people recline.”
Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.
So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.
When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.
When the people saw the sign he had done, they said,
“This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.”
Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off
to make him king,
he withdrew again to the mountain alone.

Sometimes we are confronted with a situation where we are not sure whether to judge the situation positively or negatively. In this biblical incident Gamaliel, a member of the Sanhedrin, faced the dilemma of whether to condemmn or not to condemn the disciples of Jesus in their preachings, made this truly wise decision. He himself was not sure about them since their leader was executed by the state. But he might have seen that they were doing a lot of good healing people, etc. So he said leave them alone because if truly they are not of God their activities will stop but if they are of God, stopping them would mean stopping the good works of God. This is truly a guideline that can help us when confronted by the same situation. When people of other faiths preach their beliefs that is different from ours, we should not right away condemn them. We should, as Gamaliel did, let them be because if they are not from God, their activities will not prosper. But if they are from God, why should we stop them? I believe that God is so full of blessings and He is free to distribute these to anyone and work through anyone.

April 14th

1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7
As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
They presented these men to the Apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

Gospel: Jn 6:16-21
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.

What a relief the apostles must have felt when, in the midst of turbulence at sea, they heard the reassuring words: “It is I, don‘t be afraid.“ There are many situations when we experience various forms and degrees of fear. We can just imagine the feeling of the people who just clung to a tree as the winds and sea surged during the Yolanda (Haiyan) typhoon and threatened to wrench them away into their death. We have also fears when our plane is plunging down in a turbulence. We are afraid for loved ones who are on the operating table whether they will come out alive. A lot of people who are in the list of the police as drug addicts or pushers are afraid they will one day be found dead with a cardboard on top of their bodies saying they are drug pushers. In a lesser but no less real fear, we are afraid we will fail in a test or a government exam. We are worried about the result of our medical test — blood, urine, X-ray, whatever. During these times of great fear or anxiety, we need some reassuring voice, a reassuring presence, a comforting gesture to ease our tension or to give us hope. At these moments we should close our eyes and imagine before our eyes the image of Jesus walking on the water, extending his hand to us saying: IT IS I, DON‘T BE AFRAID.

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  • Denise April 14, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Thank you102. Total healing

  • Anita April 14, 2018 at 6:38 AM

    St Jude I pray for my friend Paula who is going through trials and tribulations for the past year or more. No sooner she gets out of one situation she gets into another.
    At present she is considered homeless,she isn’t working,has no income other than the few dollars she has from the sale of her car which is rapidly deleting and her health is failing her.
    She is on dialysis three times weekly and just had surgery a couple of days ago because of a kidney infection.
    Her case worker is trying to find living facilities for her but seem to be dragging her feet as she does not keep her appointments or answer her phone calls.
    Please St Jude Paula is in dire need of your assistance. Open a way for her help her and give her a place to live
    In your name we pray.

  • d April 12, 2018 at 3:49 AM

    total healing food Lust and co dependency thank you let go 102 be thru actions shut mouth HUMILITY

  • denise April 11, 2018 at 5:24 AM

    total healing day 102 clean eating no Bingeing believe trust let go co dependency thank you

  • denise April 9, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    i have allowed myself to fall back into my bingeeating and I feel Distraught [lease st jude i am begging for yout help to make me chhose Jesus! He is ALL I need thank you 102 total healing and trust stopbeing a doubting thomas trust believe choose with Actions press thru thank you

  • Sandra April 9, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    St Jude, please help me. I am so hopeless right now. In Jesus name, Lord hear our prayers-Amen..

  • Wm April 8, 2018 at 10:37 PM

    Father, I pray you hear me. I pray you’ve regarded and weighed all my prayers. Your timing is something I don’t understand fully. I want to understand. You and only you can get through to me. If I am not approaching the right way, then instruct me. In the name of Christ, Amen

  • CJ April 8, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    Thank you for blessings of today, please please help me with my mortgage issue and financial – please, In Jesus name Amen

  • Ron V April 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Dear GOD, Jesus, Holy Spirit,
    Mary, Joseph, and Saint Jude:

    Please accept my most sincere thanks, and eternal gratitude for all you have done for me and my family.
    Please pray for those I know, and for all who I do not know.
    Please hear and answer all my daily prayers, and petitions for All, and for Myself.
    With the state of the world we live in today, I know you are so busy.
    Please continue to help me!
    Especially now for I have been asking for special graces!
    Please continue to answer all my prayers, petitions, favors, graces, requests, novenas, intentions, intersessions, invocations, and interventions.
    Please do so in conjunction with all the Apostles, Martyrs, Angels and Saints.
    I am in dire need of help more so now than ever before!

    With Devotion to you, and with Love of GOD, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, MARY and JOSEPH,
    I Thank you!
    Ron V.

    Also, please help with a new job and career!!!
    Paying the mortgage and bills!
    My prayers for things of this world and for the next world?

  • d April 8, 2018 at 6:59 AM

    god I believe TOTAL HEALING NOW 102 no More Vices No more Brad co dependency and Binging I BEG I started bingeing again last week I need Help I BEG total healing thank you I dont wanna be like doubting Thomas Help me Please Heal me I trust in you thank you

  • judy April 8, 2018 at 5:45 AM

    Thank you Saint Jude for all you have done for us, answered prayers. Please continue to bless us, especially in my financial situation, that it gets better and we can pay off our debt. Please allow the truth about my fathers will to come out so we may receive what he wanted us to have. Please be with my son and let him succeed at his new job, and guide him to help him find the right job for himself. In your name I pray, Amen.

  • Wm April 7, 2018 at 10:58 PM

    Father, Edify me. And heal me. I am sore. This continues, but little progress.I feel not as anxious as before. But that was the longest stretch of silence. No more. In the name of Christ, Amen

  • Tom April 7, 2018 at 4:04 AM

    Thank you St.Jude for your blessing. Please help my family in every way.

  • cj April 7, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    please help me with this issue on the mortgage that I can get this straighten out once and for all i really need some money coming in and the health to do it, I am begging for help with all of this, please please help me, thankyou for all my blessings, help my family, friends with there needs, Thank you for my blessings, especially my fur babies who are a lifeline…I am elderly, widow, please help me to feel better with all the achy pain in my body, please help me from stress. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

  • Mary April 6, 2018 at 4:40 AM

    Dear St Jude,
    Please make sure I have a wonderful week at work. Please make sure I hit all my targets. Amen

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