Bible Diary for July 1st – 7th

Bible Diary

July 1st
Sunday

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24
God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

2nd Reading: 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15
Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less
.

Gospel: Mk 5:21-43
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to Jesus,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Reflection:
God does not delight in death or destruction; He is the God of life. Paul reminds us of the centrality of generous sharing in Christian praxis with the needy. The two miracles of Jesus – raising of Jairus‘ daughter and the healing of the woman with hemorrhage attest to God‘s generous sharing of life. Our God is a God of life and He offers this life in abundance to us. “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance“ (John 10:10). And, this life is given along with the fullness of joy: “That my joy may be in you and your joy may be full“ (John 15:11b). Like the air we breathe, God‘s life and joy envelope us always. We only need to breathe them in! If we experience deadness within and feel devoid of joy, perhaps we are refusing to breathe God in. There were many people milling around Jesus on the road, but only the woman with hemorrhage reached out and touched him with intent, and God‘s life passed into her!

Jesus, be my breath. Be my life and delight.

Visit a sick person today and offer your healing presence.

July 2nd
Monday

1st Reading: Am 2:6-10, 13-16
Thus says the LORD:
For three crimes of Israel, and for four,
I will not revoke my word;
Because they sell the just man for silver,
and the poor man for a pair of sandals.
They trample the heads of the weak
into the dust of the earth,
and force the lowly out of the way.
Son and father go to the same prostitute,
profaning my holy name.
Upon garments taken in pledge
they recline beside any altar;
And the wine of those who have been fined
they drink in the house of their god.

Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them,
who were as tall as the cedars,
and as strong as the oak trees.
I destroyed their fruit above,
and their roots beneath.
It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and who led you through the desert for forty years,
to occupy the land of the Amorites.

Beware, I will crush you into the ground
as a wagon crushes when laden with sheaves.
Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong man shall not retain his strength;
The warrior shall not save his life,
nor the bowman stand his ground;
The swift of foot shall not escape,
nor the horseman save his life.
And the most stouthearted of warriors
shall flee naked on that day, says the LORD.

Gospel: Mt 8:18-22
When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
“Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But Jesus answered him, “Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead.”

Reflection:
To bury one’s father was one of the sacred duties of a son. When Jesus says, “let the dead bury the dead” he is using a hyperbole to express the urgency of proclaiming the Kingdom, a mission which supersedes all other responsibilities. However, to follow Jesus everywhere mea1nt homelessness, “the Son has nowhere to lay his head.” While not all are called to give up family, discipleship to Jesus requires an interior freedom to go wherever the Spirit bids. As one finds oneself uprooted and “homeless,” one finds a home in every family that welcomes the Gospel of Jesus.

July 3rd
Tuesday

St. Thomas the Apostle

1st Reading: Eph 2:19-22
Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel: Jn 20:24-29
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 Thomas 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.”

Reflection:
It was not only Thomas who doubted the reports that Jesus had risen from the dead. The other disciples earlier refused to believe Mary Magdalene’s account of seeing the Risen Lord. The Jews till today believe in the universal resurrection of the dead at the End Time; hence, the disciples, having no notion of the individual resurrection, could not believe Jesus had risen — until he appeared to them. Though not witnesses of the Risen Lord, blessed are those who believe that suffering, injustice or death do not have the last word. Blessed those who believe that Eternal Love will prevail.

July 4th
Wednesday

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

1st Reading: Am 5:14-15, 21-24
Seek good and not evil,
that you may live;
Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts,
be with you as you claim!
Hate evil and love good,
and let justice prevail at the gate;
Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.

I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,
I take no pleasure in your solemnities;
Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.
Away with your noisy songs!
I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.
But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
then let justice surge like water,
and goodness like an unfailing stream.

Gospel: Mt 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

Reflection:
Amos is the prophet of social justice. He proclaims God’s indignation over the oppression of the weak and poor by the powerful and wealthy. He conveys God’s detestation of sacrifices and burnt offerings unaccompanied by a passion for justice. He expresses God’s rejection of our feasts and chanting detached from a concern for the poor and oppressed. Amos invites us to integrate our sacramental life with a commitment to social justice, for sacramentality without a concern for the downtrodden leads to empty ritualism; advocacy for justice without a sacramental life can lead to moral activism.

July 5th
Thursday

St. Anthony Zaccaria

1st Reading: Am 7:10-17
Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam,
king of Israel:
“Amos has conspired against you here within Israel;
the country cannot endure all his words.
For this is what Amos says:
Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.”

To Amos, Amaziah said:
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
Now hear the word of the LORD!”

You say: prophesy not against Israel,
preach not against the house of Isaac.
Now thus says the LORD:
Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city,
and your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword;
Your land shall be divided by measuring line,
and you yourself shall die in an unclean land;
Israel shall be exiled far from its land.

Gospel: Mt 9:1-8
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town.
And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
“Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
At that, some of the scribes said to themselves,
“This man is blaspheming.”
Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,
“Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he then said to the paralytic,
“Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
He rose and went home.
When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe
and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

Reflection:
As Jesus forgives the sins of a paralytic, the Pharisees accuse him of blasphemy, for God alone forgives sins. While the evil spirits recognized Jesus’ identity as God’s Son, the Pharisees did not. Then Jesus makes the paralytic walk which astonishes everyone. Jesus, however, did not perform miracles to prove himself but to attend to the needs of the afflicted. How easily we are tempted to call attention to ourselves and our talents that others might admire us. Let us ask for the grace of humility that our good works point others to God, the source of all goodness.

July 6th
Friday

St. Maria Goretti

1st Reading: Am 8:4-6, 9-12
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy
and destroy the poor of the land!
“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,
“that we may sell our grain,
and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?”
We will diminish the containers for measuring,
add to the weights,
and fix our scales for cheating!
We will buy the lowly man for silver,
and the poor man for a pair of sandals;
even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!”

On that day, says the Lord GOD,
I will make the sun set at midday
and cover the earth with darkness in broad daylight.
I will turn your feasts into mourning
and all your songs into lamentations.
I will cover the loins of all with sackcloth
and make every head bald.
I will make them mourn as for an only son,
and bring their day to a bitter end.

Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD,
when I will send famine upon the land:
Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water,
but for hearing the word of the LORD.
Then shall they wander from sea to sea
and rove from the north to the east
In search of the word of the LORD,
but they shall not find it.

Gospel: Mt 9:9-13
As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Reflection:
Pope Francis’ papal motto, “miserando atque eligendo” is based on St. Bede’s homily on the feast day of St. Matthew. St. Bede writes that upon seeing him with compassion, Jesus calls Matthew to follow him. God’s mercy is the central theme of Pope Francis’ papacy. In Evangelii Gaudium he articulated his vision for the church, that it be a place “where mercy is freely given.” Elsewhere he explains that mercy is the very definition of God. Though the Jubilee Year of Mercy is over, we pray we all witness to God’s mercy. As Christians, may mercy be our name.

July 7th
Friday

1st Reading: Am 9:11-15
Thus says the LORD:
On that day I will raise up
the fallen hut of David;
I will wall up its breaches,
raise up its ruins,
and rebuild it as in the days of old,
That they may conquer what is left of Edom
and all the nations that shall bear my name,
say I, the LORD, who will do this.
Yes, days are coming,
says the LORD,
When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
and the vintager, him who sows the seed;
The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,
and all the hills shall run with it.
I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities,
Plant vineyards and drink the wine,
set out gardens and eat the fruits.
I will plant them upon their own ground;
never again shall they be plucked
From the land I have given them,
say I, the LORD, your God.

Gospel: Mt 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Reflection:
John the Baptist lived an ascetical life in the desert. His disciples asked Jesus why he and his disciples didn’t fast as much as they did. Jesus explained that his presence among them called for celebration and thanksgiving. Indeed, we do not fast and mortify ourselves in order to suffer. Suffering and pain are not ends in themselves. We fast and pray for the sake of higher values — in order to discipline appetites, to express solidarity with the hungry and poor, to be one with Jesus who suffers out of love for us all.

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  • denise July 7, 2018 at 6:32 AM

    101.8 total healinfg trandform me thank you I beieve I trust I thank you let go Jealousy Brad insecurity kids make me Better 101.8 total transformation thank you

  • denise July 6, 2018 at 3:28 AM

    total healing 101.8 Believe trust Let go Food Obsession Trust Believe Let go total healing in food thoughts Lt go Jealousy Brad Insecurity Kids Be a Blessing Bu Listen Actions Humility shut mouth thank you 101.8

  • Neisy guerra July 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Dear apostle st jude pray to god, in the name of Jesus crist and the holy spirit
    That the House past the
    Inspection with no Problems
    I need to sell the House in less that one month, can’t
    Afford to paid for after my husband pass Away, god i need to support myself and My cats
    Please help me I’m begin you
    Give juan carlos eternal life rest and peace, forgive his sins,god I’m so helpless lonely and sad,please cure
    My depression desperation and
    Anxiety attacks. PLEASE sent.
    Your angels to make me company give me strength and help me
    To understand. God i want to dedicate the rest of my life
    To you,let me know YOUR will for me, divine child Jesus I
    Trust in you
    Thanks st jude for all your prayers
    Amen

  • denise July 5, 2018 at 4:43 AM

    101.8 totsl helign food addiction Lust bingeing addiction Obsession Jesus first total healing 101.8 I BEG thank you Let go co dependency Brad Be thru Actions a Blessing encourage others thank you

  • Neisy guerra July 4, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Dear apostle st jude pray to god in the name of Jesus Christ and the holy spirit
    I can’t afford to paid for
    The house after My husband pass away,HELP me dear god
    Help Me To sell it as soon as
    Possible I’m begin you
    Please l need miriela and Ismedis to stay Here to help me paid for the Expenses. PLEASE don’t let the Bank take It away. I need to support myself and My cats.
    I’m so sad helpless and alone
    Help me god with my depression
    Desperation agony and anxiety attacks,I have so many problems, baby jesus Christ I trust in you stay here next to me,Jesus Christ sent your Angels to Make me company give give me strength and help me
    To understand. Give juan carlos eternal life rest and peace and the perpetual light shine over him
    Everyday I ask you the same thing, but this is like talking to you and helps me with my desperation and Depression
    Dear baby jesus I trust in you
    Let me know your will for me
    I promise I will dedicate the rest of my life to you and the church teach me fhater what to do
    Amen

  • denise July 4, 2018 at 7:01 AM

    total healing 101.8 stop all food thoughts LIVE andObey JESU let go 101.8 let go Brad co depndency Jealousy believe trust let go Insecurity kids thank you Jesus

  • Wm July 3, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    Lord,
    I feel like there is something , some one to be seeking. But words are a loss. Of course the Lord. I feel “wait” in my

  • Neisy Guerra July 3, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Dear god help me to leave the
    Rest of my life dedicated to you, I’m helpless and alone
    Your company will make me happy, let me know your will for me for me.i will love to help the old people,
    Amen

  • denise July 3, 2018 at 2:53 AM

    102 total healing believe trust let go Change me Jesus 102 I believe I trust let go FOOD thoughts I need Help let go Brad Jealously let go co dependenc insecurity be with Dianne Shut my mouth Be a blessing change thru Actions 102 thank you

  • Neisy guerra July 2, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Dear apostle st jude pray in
    The name of God the son jesus crist and the holy spirit
    I need to sell the House as soon as possible ,I can’t
    Afford to paid for after my husband pass Away, please god don’t let the Bank take It away from me I have nothing else,HELP me to support myself and My lovely cats, today I gave two away, I’m so sad,helpless and alone
    St jude dear apostle pray in the name of God to give juan carlos Ventura eternal life rest and peace
    Please pray for my desperation depression agony and anxiety
    Attacks. God I’m begging you to sent your Angels to make me company give me strength and help me understanding
    God walk to my side god ask jesus to hold my hand Don’t leave me alone I need you
    I will leave the rest of my life to serve you
    Let me know your will for me
    Amen

  • Sandra July 2, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    In Jesus name, St Jude please let M sell this job and please let J go back to work, Lord hear our prayers-Amen..

  • Charles July 2, 2018 at 6:39 AM

    Dearest St.Jude,Please grant me my most heartfelt intentions on my Chinese customer and my expecting consignment.
    2.Touch the hearts of those owning me to pay me quickly.
    3.Rapid and unprecedented sales of goods in my warehouse.

  • Ron V July 2, 2018 at 4:51 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!
    Car?
    My prayers for things of this world and for the next world?

  • denise July 2, 2018 at 2:57 AM

    slave for Christ 102 total healing believe trust thank you let go Addiction food and Jealousy brad esp with his children Help me Jesus be a LIght thank you

  • Neisy guerra July 1, 2018 at 8:40 AM

    Dear god in the name of the son Jesus Christ and holy spirit I’m begin you to help me SELL the house, I can not paid for it AFTER the death of my husband .help me god i need you Jesus Christ I need your help, please stay next to me
    Please god sent YOUR angels to Make me company give me strength and help me to Understand, god i have always trust and have Faith in you
    Specially on the divine child
    Jesus I trust in you HELP me Please.
    Please god I’m begin you to cure my depression, desperation agony and anxiety attacks, please god I’m so helpless and alone ,I need your company save me god
    I promise I will live the rest of my life dedicated to you
    Let me know your will for me
    I’m making that promise to you
    Today.PLEASE give juan carlos eternal life rest and peace,Jesus Christ PLEASE bless this House I need to sell it and move away everything make me remember
    Of juan carlos ,I cry every day,
    Amen

  • judy July 1, 2018 at 5:20 AM

    Saint Jude, Thank you for all blessings you have given us. Please continue to bless us, especially in our financial situation, that it gets better so we can pay off our debt and the people we owe. Please allow the truth about my fathers will to come out so we may receive what he wanted us to have. Please continue to watch over my son, and help him to follow the right path and do the right things in life. Please watch over us and keep us safe. Help us both to do good at our jobs. In your name we pray, Amen.

  • denise July 1, 2018 at 5:20 AM

    102 i am healed thank you Let go Jealousy Brad and Be a Blessing whereever I go thank you let go Jealousy and food bingeing Lst thank you I BELIEVE Make my life an example of YOU JEsus shut my kouth thank you

  • Tom June 30, 2018 at 9:08 PM

    Thank you St. Jude. Thank you for another week of blessings. Please help my oldest and bless him and protect him. Please protect and bless the rest of my family. Help them in the way each of them come up short in every aspect.
    Amen

  • Neisy guerra June 30, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Dear apostle pray in the name of God the son jesus crist and
    The holy spirit that i can
    Sell my house as soon as possible I can not paid for it
    After my husband pass away
    I’m begin please help me
    Dearfhater ,help me jesus
    Help me st jude and virgen
    Mary
    Amen

  • mary June 29, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    Dear St Jude,
    Please make sure my children are safe and happy at school. Please make sure they get the best results in class and exams. Amen

  • Mary June 29, 2018 at 2:04 AM

    Dear St Jude,
    Please make sure I have a wonderful week at work. Please make sure I get loads of sales. Amen

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