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Daily Bible Verse 101
Monday, October 15, 2018
The Sign of Jonah.

"Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation." (Luke 11: 30).

Jesus is a Sign to our generation. Today is the Memorial of St Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. She was a bright sign to her generation. Of her the Church prays "that we may always be nourished by the food of her heavenly teaching and fired with longing for true holiness."

What does it mean that Jonah is a sign to the Ninevites? A sign points to a significant post or event in the horizon. Jonah was three days in the belly of the whale. It points to the 3 days Jesus was to stay in the grave.

#1. Sabbath / Sunday (Ezekiel 20: 12, 20: 20). It points to the Resurrection of Jesus and the permanent Day of Rest which is a rehearsal for Eternal life.
#2 "Between me and the Israelites it is to be an everlasting sign; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day he rested at his ease." (Exodus 31: 17).

Scripture urges us not to forget "our ancient landmarks."
(Proverbs 22: 28). These are wonderful Signs that God scatters along our Journey of Faith. These landmarks in our Timeline give us great confidence and consolation in a period of desolation and depression.

St Teresa of Avila left us one such precious gem from her life.

"Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices." (St Teresa of Avila).



Daily Bible Verse 101
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
I will follow you Lord, but...

"I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." (Luke 9: 61).

I will follow You Jesus but...
What is your "But" in making a total commitment to follow Jesus? For the young man above, it is family. People have held back their commitment with excuses like:
I will follow you but let me complete my education or my home...
I will follow you but I want to get married first...

Jesus seems to say that the invitation cannot wait. When the call "Follow me" comes, you must leave everything and follow Him. When you say "Yes" after a mature reflection and weighing the cost of discipleship, it is Forward Ever, Backward Never. Because,
"No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9: 62).

The Kingdom of God and establishing Jesus' manner of righteousness is the top priority for Jesus throughout His public ministry. Should it be less for us?

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides." (Matthew 6: 33).

Do not be afraid. No one can outdo Jesus in generosity. He was faithful to the first disciples. He is faithful today. He will always be faithful.
"Remember your word to your servant by which you give me hope. This is my comfort in affliction, your promise that gives me life." (Psalm 119: 49 - 50). That promise never fails!



Daily Bible Verse 101
Saturday, September 29, 2018
The word of God is the blessed assurance of God.

"Never forget your promises to me your servant, for they are my only hope. They give me strength in all my troubles; how they refresh and revive me!" (Psalm 119: 49 - 50 TLB).

The Comm Antiphon in this Sunday's Sacred Liturgy is from Psalm 119: 49 - 50. The whole of this extra long Psalm celebrates God's Law. What is God's Law? Synonyms for God's Law are: decrees, statutes, commands, commandments, promises. I like particularly "promises" as equivalent for God's Law. Below are synonyms for Promise:

"assurance, pledge, vow,
guarantee, oath, bond, undertaking, agreement, commitment,
contract, covenant"

From Psalm 19, the Responsorial Psalm for today, we get a beautiful testimony of the word of God:
"The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eye." (Psalm 19: 8 - 9).

Although we have not always been faithful to our covenant with God, He is always full of mercy anytime we come back and say: "Abba Father, I am sorry."

"O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever." (Collect: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time).



Daily Bible Verse 101
Monday, October 01, 2018
Feast of St Therese, the Little Flower.

"An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me." (Luke 9: 46 - 48).

October 1st is the feast of St Therese of Lisieux, also called St Therese of the Child Jesus. She is indeed the little child of Jesus. She entered Carmel at the age of 15 and died at the age of 24. Although she had no formal academic degrees, Therese is one of the 35 Doctors of the Church. How and why? The Lord Jesus taught Therese Himself, tested her by rigorous examinations and at the end conferred the Doctorate on her. Who dare question the authority of Jesus?

"The Lord led her and taught her, and kept her as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle spreading its wings he took her up and bore her on his shoulders. The Lord alone was her guide." (Cf Deuteronomy 32: 10 - 12).

In the Liturgy celebrating her life today, the Church proclaims with astonishment the wonders that God wrought in the Little Flower. (Cf Offertory Prayer).

"Thus says the Lord:
Unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18: 3).



Daily Bible Verse 101
Friday, September 28, 2018
There is an appointed time for everything.

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens."
(Ecclesiastes 3: 1).

Time in the Scriptures is either Chronos, calendar time or Kairos, time of grace, that is time set by the Providence of God for His breakthrough or intervention in human events. Below are a few of such times:

"Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time." (Habakkuk 2: 2 - 3).

2. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7: 1).

3. "Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared." (Matthew 2: 7).

4. "Therefore Jesus told them, "My time is not yet here; for you any time will do." (John 7: 6).

5. "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near." (Revelation 1: 3).

Time and Season are God's Appointment.
"God has made everything appropriate to its time."
(Ecclesiastes 3: 11).


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