Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

4th SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 26, 2015 - 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER

Cycle B, White  

 

Acts 4:8 – 12 / 1 Jn 3:1 - 2 / Jn 10:11 - 18   

 

First Reading: Acts 4:8 – 12 

     Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke up, "Leaders of the people! Elders! It is a fact that we are being examined today for a good deed done to a cripple. How was he healed? You and all the people of Israel must know that this man stands before you cured through the Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean. You had him crucified, but God raised him from the dead. Jesus is the stone rejected by you the builders which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other Name given to humankind all over the world by which we may be saved."

 

Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:1 - 2  

     See what singular love the Father has for us: we are called children of God, and we really are. This is why the world does not know us, because it did not know him.

     Beloved, we are God's children and what we shall be has not yet been shown. Yet when he appears in his glory, we know that we shall be like him, for then we shall see him as he is.

 

Gospel: Jn 10:11 - 18  

     Jesus to his disciples, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand or any other person who is not the shepherd and to whom the sheep do not belong. They abandon the sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep.

     "I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this I give my life for my sheep. I have other sheep who are not of this fold. These I have to lead as well, and they shall listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock since there is one Shepherd.

     "The Father loves me because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down freely. It is mine to lay down and to take up again: this is the mission I received from my Father."

 

Reflection:

     The image of the Good Shepherd in today's Gospel reading emphasizes Jesus' relationship and dedication for each one of us. Like a good shepherd Jesus is always with us, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, year after year.

 

     The good shepherd knows his sheep very well:  which tend to stray away, which get sick, which are really strong and healthy. In like manner Jesus knows each one of us, like the palm of his hand: who have weak faith, who tend to be discouraged, who are trustworthy, who are strong and confident.  

     When he says, "I am the Good Shepherd," Jesus is telling us that he is there to help and watch over us, that he will never abandon us, that he will look for us when we stray off and get lost. Like the good shepherd, he will leave the ninety-nine to look for the one which had strayed off.

     Today, each one of us, especially those in the leadership of the Church, is called to be a good shepherd watching over one another. So many need help; so many have lost hope; so many need companionship and care. It is good for us to ask: "How sensitive are we to the pain and sorrows of those around us? How much do we care for those around us? For our own families? For our close friends? For those we work with, or for us?

     At one time Fiorello La Guardia, City Mayor of New York City in the mid-thirties, suggested to a judge to rest for the evening while he would take over. The first case which came up involved an elderly woman arrested and charged with stealing some bread. Asked how she pleaded, the woman replied, "I needed the bread, your Honor, to feed my grandchildren." The Mayor replied, "I have no option but to penalize you, 'ten dollars or ten days in jail.' " With the sentence the Mayor immediately put in ten dollars into his hat. He then fined every person in the courtroom fifty cents each for living in a city "where a grandmother had to steal bread to feed her grandchildren."  With what all contributed, the woman paid her fine and left the court room with $47.50.

     This simple story reminds us to look around us and challenges us to ask ourselves, "Do I act like the grandmother caring for her grandchildren?" "What do I think of what the Mayor did?" "How do we deal with the needy, the lost and the least?"

     It is so tragic that, though we are all together, there are so many helpless and hopeless because so many are afraid and not ready to act as good shepherds for one another.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     CYRIL TAN

     MARCELINO SY

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

 

SATURDAY, St. Mark, Evangelist

April 25, 2015 SATURDAY, St. Mark, Evangelist  

Feast, Red 

      

1 Pt 5:5b – 14 / Mk 16:15 - 20

 

Reading: 1 Pt 5:5b – 14

     All of you must clothe yourself with humility in your dealings with one another, because God opposes the proud but gives his grace to the humble.

     Bow down, then, before the power of God so that he will raise you up at the appointed time. Place all your worries on him since he takes care of you.

     Be sober and alert because your enemy the devil prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Stand your ground, firm in your faith, knowing that our brothers and sisters, scattered throughout the world, are confronting similar sufferings. God, the giver of all grace, has called you to share in Christ's eternal Glory and after you have suffered a little he will bring you to perfection: he will confirm, strengthen and establish you forever. Glory be to him forever and ever. Amen.

     I have had these few lines of encouragement written to you by Silvanus, our brother, whom I know to be trustworthy. For I wanted to remind you of the kindness of God really present in all this. Hold on to it.

     Greetings from the community in Babylon, gathered by God, and from my son, Mark.

     Greet one another with a friendly embrace. Peace to you all who are in Christ.

 

Gospel: Mk 16:15 - 20

     Then he told them, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned. Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed."

     So then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God. The Eleven went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied them.

 

Reflection:

     The Acts of the Apostles mentions a Mark, or John Mark, a kinsman of Barnabas.  The house of Mark's mother Mary was the meeting place for Christians in Jerusalem during the time of the persecution. Paul and Barnabas brought Mark with them to Antioch and he accompanied them on their first missionary journey, but Mark did not last and returned to Jerusalem. 

     On a second missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to take Mark along again, but Paul thought him unreliable. Later however, Paul mentions Mark as a trusted assistant.  It is mentioned that the Apostle Peter had a co-worker whom he refers to as "my son Mark" who acted as his interpreter and secretary writing down the stories that he had heard Peter tell in his preaching about the life and teachings of Jesus. Mark accompanied Peter to Rome. Thus it is said that Mark's Gospel is based on St. Peter's teaching. Further Mark is probably a convert to Christianity by no less than St. Peter. 

     Tradition has it that after the death of Peter, Mark left Rome and went to preach in Alexandria, Egypt, where he was eventually martyred. It is of divine plan that the power of the Gospel to be proclaimed to all the ends of the earth. 

     In this modern time, Pope Francis proclaims and preaches the Word of God in his adaptive and simple ways.  His action speaks loads, and his warmth of action manifests a love of a Father.  We can learn much from him on this Easter season of grace and mercy.

     Let us pray: On this feast day of St. Mark, may his intercession assist us to boldly share in word and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ in our life, family, work and ministry. Amen.  Amen.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     JUDY & EDUARDO TINTOC

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     JOVITO YU (FEB 15, 1948 – APR 25, 2003)

     MAXIMA C. TAN

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Martina Panganiban.

For the recovery of Amelin who is hospitalized with bipolar disorder.

For the healing of the colorectal & liver cancer of KY.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

April 24, 2015 FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Easter 
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Acts 9:1 – 20 / Jn 6:52 - 59

Reading: Acts 9:1 – 20
     Meanwhile Saul considered nothing but violence and death for the disciples of the Lord. He went to the High Priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues of Damascus that would authorize him to arrest and bring to Jerusalem anyone he might find, man or woman, belonging to the Way.
     As he traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?" And he asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice replied, "I am Jesus whom you persecute. Now get up and go into the city; there you will be told what you are to do."
     The men who were traveling with him stood there speechless: they had heard the sound, but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground and, opening his eyes, he could not see. They took him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. He was blind and he did not eat or drink for three days.
     There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, to whom the Lord called in a vision, "Ananias!" He answered, "Here I am, Lord!" Then the Lord said to him, "Go at once to Straight Street and ask, at the house of Judas, for a man of Tarsus named Saul. You will find him praying, for he has just seen in a vision that a man named Ananias has come in and placed his hands upon him, to restore his sight."
     Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, and now he is here with authority from the High Priest to arrest all who call upon your name." But the Lord said to him, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to bring my name to the pagan nations and their kings, and the people of Israel as well. I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer for my name."
     So Ananias left and went to the house. He laid his hands upon Saul and said, "Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me to you so that you may receive your sight and be filled with Holy Spirit." Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he could see; he got up and was baptized. Then he took food and was strengthened.
     For several days Saul stayed with the disciples at Damascus, and he soon began to proclaim in the synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God. 

Gospel: Jn 6:52 - 59 
     The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us flesh to eat?" So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood live with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.
     My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever." 
     Jesus spoke in this way in Capernaum when he taught them in the synagogue.

Reflection:
     Everything on earth has a time limit, an expiry date. There is no eternal warranty nor guarantee on things of this world. Nothing is forever. Therefore, even the best preserved food eventually spoils; the most durable car eventually breaks down; the best computer gets obsolete; the most advanced cell phone goes out of fashion; our clothes will get worn out. Last of all, our bodies will start aging and joints start aching.  And then we realize painfully that even our bodies have an expiry date. We are limited human beings.
     It is for this reason that Christ offers us bread that will last forever. Do we want to live forever?  It is now possible with the bread that Jesus offers us. He gives us part of himself, which is eternal!  
     God can share his divine nature with us through his Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus came into our midst – to clothe us with this eternity. This is the gift of our Baptism and is constantly renewed in every Eucharist when we partake of the body and blood of our Lord in the form of bread and wine offered to us.  
     Our life has no direction, no meaning if we do not include God in the picture. It is Christ who runs the engines of our lives, helping us to discover the reason why God has put us on this earth.   
     Let us remember that material things do not last, nor will they give us real happiness. Therefore, let us not put nor stake our lives on material things. The world cannot give us much consolation nor salvation. It may entertain us for brief moments, but in crucial moments, it will abandon us. 
     Christ instead looks for us, runs after us, cares for us. Let us welcome him instead. Let us accept his offer to eat his bread and drink his blood so that we may forever experience his unfailing love.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     DIVINE LOPEZ
     EVELYN CO YU
     JUSTIN TIMONTHY O. CHOI
     ROSILETA QUIMNO

IN MEMORIAN (+)
     LIAO HO KIM TEE
     LUISA V. BULAONG
     THOMAS O'GORMAN, SR.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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THURSDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

April 23, 2015 THURSDAY, 3rd Week of Easter
St. George, Martyr; St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr
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Acts 8:26 – 40 / Jn 6:44 - 51

[Popularly featured as a knight slaying a dragon, St. George (d. 303) was martyred during the persecution of Diocletian. He is the Patron Saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Genoa and Venice.]

[St. Adalbert (956 – 997) was Bishop of Prague and preached the Gospel in Eastern Europe.]
Reading: Acts 8:26 – 40
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south towards the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert road." So he set out and it happened that an Ethiopian was passing along that way. He was an official in charge of the treasury of the queen of the Ethiopians; he had come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was on his way home. He was sitting in his carriage and reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and catch up with that carriage." So Philip ran up and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah; and he asked, "Do you really understand what you are reading?" The Ethiopian replied, "How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" He then invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. This was the passage of Scripture he was reading:
He was led like a sheep to be slaughtered; like a lamb that is dumb before the shearer, he did not open his mouth. He was humbled and deprived of his rights. Who can speak of his descendants? For he was uprooted from the earth.
The official asked Philip, "Tell me, please, does the prophet speak of himself or of someone else?"
Then Philip began to tell him the Good News of Jesus, using this text of Scripture as his starting point. As they traveled down the road they came to a place where there was some water. Then the Ethiopian official said, "Look, here is water; what is to keep me from being baptized?"
Then he ordered the carriage to stop; both Philip and the Ethiopian went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The Ethiopian saw him no more, but he continued on his way full of joy.
Philip found himself at Azotus, and he went about announcing the Good News in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Gospel: Jn 6:44 - 51
Jesus said, "No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me.
For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world."
Reflection:
In the Gospel reading, Jesus says that he is giving his flesh to save the world and the Jews react negatively. They misinterpret and misunderstand the language of Christ. They think that he is introducing cannibalism. The early Christians were, among other things, being accused of eating human flesh and drinking human blood. Since the Jews and the pagans could not understand the Holy Eucharist, they invented the notion that the Christians were cannibals.
Reason and human intelligence cannot entirely grasp matters on faith. There needs an illumination from God on things that have their origins from above, on things of the spirit. When Jesus speaks about bread, he is not talking about pandesal. In the Lord's Prayer, we ask for our daily bread. Certainly God provides our daily sustenance, but it is not sufficient for a Christian. Our spirit needs to be sustained as well.
"Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." The bread of God is the Word of God which we must listen to or read about in the Scriptures. It is also the Eucharist – the body and blood offered by Christ to fulfil the will of the Father. And the Father's will is none other than our redemption.
During Holy Communion, when we say Amen, we are signifying our readiness to do God's will in our lives even if it entails sacrifices. This is possible if we believe in the goodness and love of God who is our Father.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
CAROL CHUA
ELENA SALAZAR
FR. XAVIER L. OLIN S.J.
JOBERT OCHOA
KATRINA BIANCA DY SIY
TEODORO V. CALAUNAN JR.

PRAYER INTENTION
MAURICIO & NATY GO DE JESUS & FAMILY

OTHER INTENTIONS
Specially for Joy Droke in Austin, Texas.
For the eternal repose of Maricris Zara.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 3RD WEEK OF EASTER

April 22, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 3RD WEEK OF EASTER
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, Mother of the Society of Jesus, Feast
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Gal 4:4 – 7 / Mt 1:20 - 23

Reading: Gal 4:4 – 7
But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son. He came born of woman and subject to the Law, in order to redeem the subjects of the Law, that we might receive adoption as children of God. And because you are children, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son which cries out: Abba! that is, Father!
You yourself are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and yours is the inheritance by God's grace.

Gospel: Mt 1:20 - 23
While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him 'Jesus' for he will save his people from their sins."
All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called Emmanuel which means: God-with-us. When Joseph woke up, he did what the

Reflection:
Today's Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, a feast proper to the liturgical calendar of the Society of Jesus, recognizes the special role of Mary, Mother of God, in the Society of Jesus and is a proclamation of the special devotion of the religious order named after Jesus to his Mother Mary.
Mary played a key role in the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and in the beginnings of the Society of Jesus. After the recovery of Ignatius from his injuries in Pamplona and his "conversion," he prayed in vigil at the shrine of our Lady of Aranzazu and offered his sword and dagger to Our Lady at the Benedictine monastery in Montserrat.
In his spiritual experiences at the River Cardoner and in the often-used triple colloquy at the end of key exercises in his Spiritual Exercises, the first colloquy was a special prayer for the intercession of Mary, the second to the Son and the third to the Father. The first contemplation of the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises is on the risen Lord's apparition to his mother: though not recorded in the Gospels, the risen Lord must have first appeared to his grieving mother.

The first seven companions who eventually were the founding core of the Society of Jesus made their first vows at Montmartre in Paris on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15 August 1534. After Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus in 1540 the first Jesuits pronounced their religious vows as Jesuits before Mary's image at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome. The first church in Rome given to the Society was that of Our Lady of the Wayside, Madonna della Strada.
Jesuits make their perpetual religious vows at the end of novitiate to the Divine Majesty "before the most sacred Virgin Mary and the whole court of heaven." At the end of their training, Jesuits make their final vows in the Society of Jesus "in the sight of the Virgin Mary and the whole heavenly court."
We join the Society of Jesus in its love for and confidence in Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus: "Almighty and eternal God, you chose the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your eternal Word. Give us strength to be servants of that Word in the Society of Jesus, which is consecrated to your glory in the presence of Mary, our Mother."


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
GLORIA C. YU

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
YONG & ANNA MARIA CUNANAN CHENG

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

 

TUESDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

April 21, 2015 TUESDAY, 3rd Week of Easter    

St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church                      

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Acts 7:51 – 8:1a / Jn 6:30 - 35

 

[Born in Italy, St. Anselm (1033 - 1109) became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 and was named Primate of England. He is called the Father of Scholastic Theology.]

   

Reading: Acts 7:51 – 8:1a

     But you are a stubborn people, you hardened your hearts and closed your ears. You have always resisted the Holy Spirit just as your fathers did. Was there a prophet whom your ancestors did not persecute? They killed those who announced the coming of the Just One whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the Law through the angels but did not fulfill it."

     When they heard this reproach, they were enraged and they gnashed their teeth against Stephen. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at God's right hand, so he declared: "I see the heavens open and the Son of Man at the right hand of God."

     But they shouted and covered their ears with their hands and rushed together upon him. They brought him out of the city and stoned him, and the witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed saying: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and said in a loud voice: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he died.

     Saul was there, approving his murder. 

  

Gospel: Jn 6:30 - 35

     They then said, "Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: They were given bread from heaven to eat."

     Jesus then said to them, "Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven. My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the One who comes from heaven and gives life to the world. And they said to him, "Give us this bread always."

     Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty."

 

Reflection:

     Today's Gospel reading is about our Lord as "the bread of life."  Jesus' discourse on the bread of life was given in the context of the Jews asking Jesus for a "sign" that they "may see and believe in him." 

     Signs. At some point in our lives, we have most probably asked for the "proverbial sign," have we not? We have asked for a sign so that we can be assured that our prayer was heard or better yet, that we will be answered in the manner that we hope to be answered or even just to prove to us that God is real, especially when we begin to falter in our faith. 

     We have asked for signs that are hopefully uncommon so that if and when we see them, we will know that we have been answered by God: a rose, a dove, or something just as unexpected so that there can be no mistake when you see the "sign." 

     Why do we ask for such "signs"? The simple answer is because we want reassurance that our prayers have been heard. We want to know in advance, if we will be answered according to our hopes and prayers. So what causes us to ask for signs again?  We ask for signs because we lack faith in God.

     Maybe we believe that we have unshakeable faith in God, and maybe we do. But what normally gets us to worry or doubt or even wonder if we've been heard, much less, answered is our own impatience. Maybe we don't doubt God so much as wish that he would answer us right away.

     What would it take for you to "believe" that, regardless of the "when," our prayers will be answered according to what is best for us and that the answer will be "on time"?

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JOAQUIN TAN

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     RUDOLPH & LIGAYA NG

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the thanksgiving & special intentions of Beny Chua.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

 

MONDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

April 20, 2015 MONDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

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Acts 6:8 – 15 / Jn 6:22 - 29

 

Reading: Acts 6:8 – 15

     Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia. They argued with Stephen but they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, "We heard him speak against Moses and against God."

     So they stirred up the people, the elders and the teachers of the Law; they took him by surprise, seized him and brought him before the Council. Then they produced false witnesses who said, "This man never stops speaking against our Holy Place and the Law. We even heard him say that Jesus the Nazarean will destroy our Holy Place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us." And all who sat in the Council fixed their eyes on him, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.

 

Gospel: Jn 6:22 – 29

     Next day the people who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Bigger boats from Tiberias came near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

     When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Master, when did you come here?"

     Jesus answered, "Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because you have seen through the signs, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one the Father has marked."

     Then the Jews asked him, "What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?" And Jesus answered them, "The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent."

 

Reflection:

     Due to our all too human imperfections, we are frequently confronted with self-doubt, apprehensions and anxiety in many aspects of our daily lives. We are oftentimes confused, lost in the haze of numerous options, burdened with uncertainty. Rare indeed is the person that possesses the conviction that one is on the right track, with all thoughts and actions leading to the achievement of one's goals.

     Our Lord Jesus offers an unequivocal answer to our fears and concerns: Believe in Him. Simply open our hearts to the One whom God has sent. Trust in Jesus that He has our best interest at heart and that through Him, we will know right from wrong. 

     Does this mean we shall always have an easy path? Of course not! 

     In the First Reading, people jealous of his wisdom and his eloquence derived from the Holy Spirit, falsely accused Stephen. And yet, through it all, he remained resolute, having the face of an angel amidst harm and suffering while steadfastly declaring his belief in the one true God. 

     Today's Gospel reading speaks as well of the struggle of the Jews in searching for Jesus in their desire to sate physical hunger. When they found Him, Jesus provides instead the means to allow man to be able to bask in God's eternal glory.

     Let us pray that we learn to humbly, courageously and happily accept and surrender to the warm embrace of our loving God. 

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     CECILE C. SISON

     FR. RUFINO SESCON JR.

     NINA C. SANTAMARIA

     BRO. STANLEY YU-MING GOH, SJ

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

 

3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 19, 2015 - 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER
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Acts 3:13 -15, 17 - 19  / 1 Jn 2:1 - 5a  / Lk 24:35 - 48

First Reading: Acts 3: 13 - 15, 17 - 19  
     The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over to death and denied before Pilate, when even Pilate had decided to release him. You rejected the Holy and Just One, and you insisted that a murderer be released to you. You killed the Master of life, but God raised him from the dead and we are witnesses to this.
     Yet I know that you acted out of ignorance, as did your leaders. God has fulfilled in this way what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
     Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out 

Second Reading: 1 Jn 2:1 - 5a  
     My little children, I write to you that you may not sin. But if anyone sins, we have an intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just One. He is the sacrificial victim for our sins and the sins of the whole world.
     How can we know that we know him? If we fulfill his commands. If you say, "I know him," but do not fulfill his commands, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. But if you keep his word, God's love is made complete in you.

Gospel Reading: Lk 24:35 – 48
     Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them. 
     As they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. And he said to them, "Peace to you." In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, "Why are you upset and why do such ideas cross your mind?  Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have. As he said this, he showed his hands and feet.

In their joy they did not dare believe and were still astonished. So he said to them, "Have you anything to eat?" and they gave him a piece of broiled fish.  He took it and ate it before them.
     Then Jesus said to them, "Remember the words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled."  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  And he went on, "You see what was written:  the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses on this." 

Reflection:
     Today's Gospel reading about the risen Christ begins with the account of the two disciples who encountered Jesus on their way to Emmaus and who recognized him in the breaking of bread: "Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them." The two disciples recognized Jesus when he repeated what he had done before; the disciples remembered him in the breaking of bread.
     In the Gospel account of the appearance of the risen Jesus to his followers, he tried to show that it was indeed he himself before them: "Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have. As he said this, he showed his hands and feet." It was the same Jesus they knew who was before them.
     The Gospel reminds us to be mindful of the things that we do and the words we say and the things we see.  For all these contain memories of events and people of the past and of other things yet to unfold. These actions and words can hold other information about ourselves and of events which could contribute to our growth and the development of others around us.
     The Gospel also reminds us to be aware of the things happening to us and around us.  It is often said that God speaks to us at times in ways we can understand and at times in ways we may not be able to understand.  Yet we can only hear God speaking to us in whatever way if we listen, if we are attentive, if we are purposeful in our words and deeds.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     ELIZABETH SUN (JAN 12, 1957 – APR 19, 1999)
     FELICIDAD CO ONG (DEC 23, 1923 – APR 19, 2013)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For Tan Chin Eng who had a stroke a few weeks ago, is still wheel chair bound and has lost the will to live. 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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