Friday, May 22, 2015

 

SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter

May 23, 2015 SATURDAY, 7th Week of Easter 
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Acts 28:16 – 20 / Jn 21:20 - 25

Reading: Acts 28:16 – 20
     Upon our arrival in Rome, the captain turned the prisoners over to the military governor but permitted Paul to lodge in a private house with the soldier who guarded him.
     After three days, Paul called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered, he said to them: "Brothers, though I have not done anything against our people or against the traditions of our fathers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to set me free, for they saw nothing in my case that deserved death. But the Jews objected, so I was forced to appeal to Caesar without the least intention of bringing any case against my own people. Therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I bear these chains."

Gospel: Jn 21:20 - 25
     Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper and had asked him, "Lord, who is to betray you?" On seeing him Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me." Because of this the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, "He will not die," but "suppose I want him to remain until I come."
     It is this disciple who testifies about the things he has recorded here and we know that his testimony is true.  But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, the world itself would not hold the books recording them.

Reflection:
     "Follow me" the Lord says to Peter.  Peter asked about John as well. Our Lord  tells Peter to mind his own business on how to follow and do his commands. 
     Like Peter or John and the rest of the apostles, we are called to follow the Lord.  In his time and way, he calls each one to play different roles in doing service in his name. We discover our ministry or apostolate in the church or community to help enrich our service. In our individuality, we recognize our strengths. We also have our own trials, problems or challenges. But we do not compare with others our works done in Jesus' name nor do we question the Lord about our differences albeit our weaknesses. We continue to move on instead in playing well our roles, developing our gifts and talents to the fullest. Thus, it is not only obedience but also knowledge and understanding of each one's role as we follow the Lord. 
     Kanya-kanyang gawa at galing para sa ikabubuti ng kapwa at mundo at higit sa lahat, para sa kaluwalhatian ng ating Diyos. "Thank you, Lord for the gift of one another, for unity in diversity as we enrich your kingdom here on earth."


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     CYNTHIA C. SALUD
     JERALDINE K. CHING

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     JOSE NG TAN

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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FRIDAY, 7th Week of Easter

May 22, 2015 FRIDAY, 7th Week of Easter 
St. Rita of Cascia, Religious
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Acts 25:13b – 21 / Jn 21: 15 - 19

[Having been widowed, St. Rita of Cascia (1381 – 1457) spent long years in penance, prayer and service to the poor and sick.]

Reading: Acts 25: 13b – 21
     Some days later King Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrived in Caesarea to greet Festus. As they were to stay there several days, Festus told the king about Paul's case and said to him,
     "We have here a man whom Felix left as a prisoner. When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews accused him and asked me to sentence him. I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over a man without giving him an opportunity to defend himself in front of his accusers. So they came and I took my seat without delay on the tribunal and sent for the man.
     When the accusers had the floor, they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think he had committed; instead they quarreled with him about religion and about a certain Jesus who has died but whom Paul asserted to be alive. I did not know what to do about this case, so I asked Paul if he wanted to go to Jerusalem to be tried there. But Paul appealed to be judged by the emperor. So I ordered that he be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar." 
  
Gospel: Jn 21: 15 - 19
     After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." And Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."  
     A second time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" And Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Look after my sheep." And a third time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" 
     Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." 
     Jesus then said, "Feed my sheep. Truly, I say to you, when you were young you put on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and another will put a belt around you and lead you where you do not wish to go."
     Jesus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And he added, "Follow me."

Reflection:
     Simon Peter was so enthusiastic and loyal to Jesus at his arrest that cut off the right ear of the high priest's servant.  However, before maid servants Peter denied him three times. This was the same Peter who had insisted, "Though I have to die with you, I will never deny you." (Mk 14: 31)
     Christ asks Peter three times if he loves him: three times, not to be assured of Peter's love but rather to remind Peter of his weakness and betrayal of Jesus.  Christ gave Peter, the weak one who denied him, the leadership of his Church. Christ trusted Peter despite his weakness because Peter knew how to repent.  Peter knew himself very well, that he was a sinner.       
     If we are to follow Christ, we must first abandon our way of thinking, the direction we are taking. Oftentimes the will of God may be against our own will.  The path the Lord for us may be the one we do not like. But inspired by the Holy Spirit, we eventually follow him and allow God to lead us to where he wills.
     Peter the coward was chosen by the Lord to become the first leader of the Church and to die with loyalty and faith. If God can give this privilege to Peter, he can certainly give this gift to anyone. God clothes our imperfections and gives us love for him and a newfound zeal for evangelization. This is what it means to feed the sheep. It is to announce the Good News and bring salvation to the people of God unrelentlessly and unceasingly. 


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     GEMMA RITA R. MARIN
     JING REMO
     LESLEY CASTILLO-MEOLI
     RONA RIZZA G. MARFA

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     LUIS & SUSANA

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     RAMON NG TONG (SEP 21, 1916 – MAY 22, 2001)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the eternal repose of the soul of Bernardo Santiago.
For the healing & speedy recovery of Ely Ymbang who is gravely ill.

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, May 20, 2015

 

The Greatest Inventor

The Greatest Inventor    We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. Acts 24:15b         Has not my hand made all these things?  Acts 7:50    When you were a child did you ever wonder how the ocean didn't slide off the earth? How all the water didn't spill out and then eventually there would be no more water? Often I'm reminded through nature how amazing is our God. Like how the ocean doesn't….     Psalm 104 majestically tells of God, the greatest inventor. Who but God could design oceans teeming with unimaginable sea creatures from microscopic algae to gigantic whales and countless colorful marine life? Plus grasses and coral and sand and, well, the list is infinite.     The worship song by Nicole C. Mullen (Redeemer) poses these questions: Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning, Who told the ocean you an only come this far? Who showed the moon where to hide 'til evening, Whose words alone can catch a falling star? And the lyrics answer perfectly: Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives; All of creation testify, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives.     The Greatest Inventor and our Redeemer, one. One God. That is good news.     Irish Thursdays Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy ©2015     www.sallyikennedy.com    Praise the Lord , O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains…….How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.   Psalm 104:1-6, 24  

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THURSDAY, 7th Week of Easter

May 21, 2015 THURSDAY, 7th Week of Easter       
Sts. Cristobal Magallanes, Priest and Companions, Martyrs    
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Acts 22: 30; 23:6 – 11 / Jn 17: 20 - 26      

[St. Cristobal Magallanes (1869 – 1927), a Mexican priest, together with 21 diocesan priests and three lay people were martyred during the anti-Catholic years in Mexico in the 1920s – 1930s.]

Reading: Acts 22: 30; 23: 6 – 11
     The next day the commander wanted to know for certain the charges the Jews were making against Paul. So he released him from prison and called together the High Priest and the whole Council; and they brought Paul down and made him stand before them.
     Paul knew that part of the Council were Sadducees and others Pharisees; so he spoke out in the Council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, son of a Pharisee. It is for the hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial here."
     At these words, an argument broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees and the whole assembly was divided. For the Sadducees claim that there is neither resurrection, nor angels nor spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all these things.
     Then the shouting grew louder, and some teachers of the Law of the Pharisee party protested, "We find nothing wrong with this man. Maybe a spirit or an angel has spoken to him."
     With this the argument became so violent that the commander feared that Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He therefore ordered the soldiers to go down and rescue him from their midst and take him back to the fortress.
     That night the Lord stood by Paul and said, "Courage! As you have borne witness to me here in Jerusalem, so must you do in Rome."

Gospel: Jn 17: 20 - 26   
Jesus said to his disciples, "I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me. 
     "I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me. 
     "Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.  
     "Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them."
   
Reflection: 
     In the first reading, St. Paul, knowing that his audience was composed of two factions, Pharisees and Sadducees, starts to talk about a point of contention between them. This led to a bitter dispute between the two groups, and they forget about Paul whom they opposed because of his preaching of Jesus.  
     When there is no unity in a group, there is chaos, and that is what happened in the first reading. There are many obstacles to overcome in order to achieve unity. 
     We must work to achieve the unity that Christ prayed for at the Last Supper. In the Church the Eucharist is the sacrament which unifies all its members with Christ and with one another.
     The sacrament of matrimony is also meant to portray the unity of the members of the Church with Christ, its head. Couples are called to be one in love for each other.  
     The Triune God is One in the Godhead, "three Persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, yet one Lord, one God." 
     May all the believers and followers of Christ achieve the unity Christ prayed for at the Last Supper,  as we pray on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle, "Grant, we pray, almighty God, that no tempests may disturb us, for you have set us fast  on the rock of the Apostle Peter's confession of faith." 


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     BEA TAN
     DADA M. DEL CARMEN
     JOHANN DYGO
     RONIELLE T. DE JESUS

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     GEORGE & EVELYN WONG
     NAM & CECILLE J. LE

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     GO KUN ONG

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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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

THURSDAY, 6TH Week of Easter

May 14, 2015 THURSDAY, 6TH Week of Easter
ST. MATTHIAS, Apostle
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Acts 1: 15 – 17, 20 – 26 / Jn 15: 9 - 17 

[St. Matthias (d. 64) was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot as an Apostle.  He worked in Palestine and was stoned to death.]

Reading: Acts 1: 15 – 17, 20 – 26
     It was during this time that Peter stood up in the midst of the community – about one hundred and twenty in all –and he said,
     "Brothers, it was necessary that the Scriptures referring to Judas be fulfilled. The Holy Spirit had spoken through David about the one who would lead the crowd coming to arrest Jesus. He was one of our number and had been called to share our common ministry.
     In the book of Psalms it is written: Let his house become deserted and may no one live in it. But it is also written: May another take his office. Therefore we must choose someone from among those who were with us during all the time that the Lord Jesus moved about with us, beginning with John's baptism until the day when Jesus was taken away from us. One of these has to become, with us, a witness to his resurrection."
     Then they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias. They prayed: "You know, Lord, what is in the hearts of all. Show us, therefore, which of the two you have chosen to replace Judas in this apostolic ministry which he deserted to go to the place he deserved."
     Then they drew lots between the two and the choice fell on Matthias who was added to the eleven apostles.

Gospel: Jn 15: 9 - 17     
     Jesus said to his disciples, As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.
     "I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.  This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one's life for one's friends; and you are my friends if you do what I command you. 
     "I shall not call you servants anymore, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father. 
     "You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another."
     
Reflection:
     After the Ascension, there was a need to replace Judas Iscariot. Since the 12 apostles were chosen by Christ himself, now that he had ascended into heaven, how would they know whom he would choose? 
     In front of a congregation of about 120 believers, Peter, as head of the apostles, presents the situation and the qualifications of the replacement of Judas:  he should be a disciple of Christ from the outset, that is from Christ's baptism up to his ascension. The one to be chosen will serve as a witness to Christ's resurrection.  Barsabbas and Matthias were nominated. The congregation prayed for divine assistance since only the Lord knew what was in the heart of each member. They cast lots to know God's will and the lot fell on Matthias. There were no solicitations or intrigues.  No one presented himself as being qualified or worthy to fill in the vacancy since to do so would be a sign of self-conceit and pride. In order to assume this ministry, the candidate must first be called by God. It is not the fruit of worldly talents or human industry. The selection is the work of the Holy Spirit.     
     Eventually, the apostle Matthias preached on the coasts of the Caspian Sea (Georgia), Cappadocia and Jerusalem. One account says he was martyred in Colchis (Ethiopia), yet there is another account that he was stoned to death in Jerusalem. Like Matthias, let us be ardent workers of Christ, not seeking human glory or compensation. May our reward be the Lord himself who rewards us abundantly.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     GERALDO ZABAT

THANKSGIVING
     MILA CHENG & FAMILY

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     MICHAEL LIM SOON (AUG 8, 1959 – MAY 14, 2013)
     ORTIGA ANTHONIO V)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the healing & speedy recovery of Ely Ymbang, who has fluids in his right lung and a mass in his clavicle area.

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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Monday, May 04, 2015

 

TUESDAY, 5th Week of Easter

05 May 2015
May 5, 2015 TUESDAY, 5th Week of Easter
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Acts 14:19 – 28 / Jn 14:27 - 31a

Reading: Acts 14:19 – 28
     Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and turned the people against them. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town, leaving him for dead. But when his disciples gathered around him, he stood up and returned to the town. And the next day he left for Derbe with Barnabas.
     After proclaiming the gospel in that town and making many disciples, they returned to Lystra and Iconium and on to Antioch. They were strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain firm in the faith, for they said, "We must go through many trials to enter the Kingdom of God." In each church they appointed elders and, after praying and fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had placed their faith.
     Then they traveled through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. They preached the Word in Perga and went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had first been commended to God's grace for the task they had now completed.
     On their arrival they gathered the Church together and told them all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the non-Jews. They spent a fairly long time there with the disciples.

Gospel: Jn 14:27 - 31a
     Jesus said to his disciples, "Peace be with you; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled; do not be afraid.  You heard me say: 'I am going away, but I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.  
     "I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen you may believe. It is very little what I may still tell you, for the ruler of this world is at hand, although there is nothing in me that he can claim. But see, the world must know that I love the Father and that I do what the Father has taught me to do. Come now, let us go."

Reflection:
     This Gospel reading can show us our lack of trust unto the Lord. We often pray to God and ask for immediate answers and sometimes, we even ask for signs. "Please let there be a rainbow today if yes is the answer to my prayer." And yet when we see a rainbow, we convince ourselves that the answer is not a yes and the rainbow was just a coincidence. It is either because we try to manage our expectations or because we try to give comfort to ourselves when the sign seems unfavorable to us.  We lack that sense of peace.
     When will we learn to completely trust God? When will we stop asking for immediate answers every time we pray? The signs that we seek are actually what we believe what God wanted to convey with us but in reality, we really do not know what God has planned for us. We often pray the Lord's Prayer and part of it is telling God let not our will but thy will be done. There in his promises and through his words, we will truly find peace.
     Lord, teach us how to trust you completely. Forgive us for worrying too much and for not being able to lift everything up to you. Give us the strength to continue carrying our own crosses. Help us understand why things happen. Teach us how to accept your will even if it sometimes is difficult and painful for us.
     May we truly seek your peace in all that we do even if at times it seems like such a mystery to us. Please continue to console us with your loving presence. Hopefully, let us realize that real peace can only be found in you. May you continue to guide us in having a forgiving heart, in having an open mind, in letting ourselves become instruments of your peace.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     ENRIQUE CASTILLO, JR.
     JEFFREY YAO
     RUBY RODRIGUEZ

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     ALEXANDER & DELIA CATAPANG

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     ELEUTERIA CHUA SUAN CHIO (MAY 26, 1924 – MAY 5, 2008)

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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Sunday, May 03, 2015

 

5th SUNDAY OF EASTER

May 3, 2015 - 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER  

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Acts 9:26 – 31 / 1 Jn 3: 18 – 24 / Jn 15:1 - 8  

 

First Reading: Acts 9:26 – 31 

     When Saul came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples there, but they were afraid of him because they could not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He recounted to them how Saul had seen the Lord on his way and the words the Lord had spoken to him. He told them also how Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.

     Then Saul began to live with them. He moved about freely in Jerusalem and preached openly in the name of the Lord. He also spoke to the Hellenists and argued with them, but they wanted to kill him. When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

     Meanwhile, the Church had peace. It was building up throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria with eyes turned to the Lord and filled with comfort from the Holy Spirit.

 

Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:18 – 24

     My dear children, let us love not only with words and with our lips, but in truth and in deed.

     Then we shall know that we are of the truth and we may calm our conscience in his presence. Every time it reproaches us, let us say: God is greater than our conscience, and he knows everything.

     When our conscience does not condemn us, dear friends, we may have complete confidence in God. Then whatever we ask we shall receive, since we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

     His command is that we believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another, as he has commanded us.

     Whoever keeps his commands remains in God and God in him. It is by the Spirit God has given us that we know he lives in us.

 

Gospel: Jn 15:1 - 8

     Jesus said to his disciples, "I am the true vine and my Father is the vinegrower. If any of my branches does not bear fruit, he breaks it off; and he prunes every branch that does not bear fruit, that it may bear even more fruit. You are already made clean by the word I have spoken to you; live in me as I live in you. The branch cannot bear fruit by itself but has to remain part of the vine; so neither can you if you do not remain in me I am the vine and you are the branches.  As long as you remain in me and I in you, you bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing,

     "Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away as they do with branches and they wither. Then they are gathered and thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words in you, you may ask whatever you want and it will be given to you. My Father is glorified when you bear much fruit: it is then that you become my disciples."  

 

Reflection:

     The emphasis of today's Gospel passage is not so much the production of "much external fruit" but of "much internal fruit." Instead of desiring the great things one will do for God, God desires that our wishes be on "becoming" disciples with "much fruit" developed in our inner lives – a Christ-centered life, a life where we have died to ourselves so that Christ lives through us, a life that seeks to satisfy God rather than self or people, a life whose central theme, focus and priority is God: "But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy and peace, understanding of others, kindness and fidelity, gentleness and self-control. For such things there is no Law or punishment. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its vices and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us live in a spiritual way." (Gal 5: 22 - 25)  

     Otherwise all we find in our lives is an abundance of leaves and no fruit. What is important to God is not the work we do for him, but the fruit we are cultivating inside. Thus, we are able to continue to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ through our lifetime and into eternity.

     Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches: the Father is the vine-grower.  We have been chosen and have been appointed to bear fruit for the Father.  Jesus said, "I am the real, the true, the actual, the genuine vine."  We can attach ourselves to many counterfeit, fake, pirated or imitation vines in the world today. But there is only one Jesus Christ, the one true vine which will enable us to bear fruit for God. Farmers and gardeners understand that by themselves the branches, not connected to the vine or the main plant, cannot bear any fruit. Those unfamiliar with the language of farms and gardens may understand this connection as being online or offline. There is nothing more frustrating for many people of this day and age than to lose one's internet connection. There are many things we cannot do these days if we are not online. The world is rushing to connect everyone to everybody else online.

     Let us remember that we cannot bear much fruit unless we remain in Jesus and that Jesus remains in us by his Spirit. In this way the meaning of the words "to bear much fruit" becomes clear to us: it is the spiritual fruit produced in our lives by the indwelling of Christ's Spirit. The Father rejoices when we, his disciples and followers, his sons and daughters truly bear much fruit.

  

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     DENNIS CHAM

     FR. JOSEPH P. MENDOZA

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Dr. Herminia Sy Sia.

 

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 29, 2015

 

THURSDAY, 4th Week of Easter

April 30, 2015 THURSDAY, 4th Week of Easter 
St. Pius V, Pope
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Acts 13:13 – 25 / Jn 13:16 -20

[St. Pope Pius V (1504 – 1572) enforced reforms from the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism and revised the Roman Missal and the Divine Office.]

Reading: Acts 13:13 – 25
     From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and came to Perga in Pamphylia. There John left them and returned to Jerusalem while they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent this message to them, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the assembly, please speak up." 
     So Paul arose, motioned to them for silence and began, "Fellow Israelites and also all you who fear God, listen. The God of our people Israel chose our ancestors, and after he had made them increase during their stay in Egypt, he led them out by powerful deeds. For forty years he fed them in the desert, and after he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took four hundred and fifty years. After that, he gave them Judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, and he was king for forty years. After that time, God removed him and raised up David as king, to whom he bore witness saying: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all I want him to do.
     It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised savior of Israel, Jesus. Before he appeared, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel. As John was ending his life's work, he said: 'I am not what you think I am, for after me another one is coming whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.'

Gospel: Jn 13:16 - 20
     Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him. Understand this, and blessed are you if you put it into practice. 
     "I am not speaking of you all, because I know the ones I have chosen and the Scripture has to be fulfilled that says, The one who shared my table has risen against me. I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am He. 
     "Truly, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me."

Reflection:
     In the first reading, St. Paul is preaching about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The whole of the Acts of the Apostles is a repeated announcement of the Good News.  But who is Jesus Christ for you?  Is he the master or the servant? Let us read the Gospel passage for the day.
     In the world, there is a rat race to becoming the first – first in authority, in power, in respect and most of all, in financial stability. This then becomes the goal in the lives of many people. But what happens to those who cannot make it? They occupy the lower ranks of society, they are the subordinates, the servants, the "utusan", etc.  
     Yet Christ, though he was the master, humbled himself and took the situation of a servant. He entered the last place, the place which all of us dislike and reject. No one wants to be humiliated, to be a loser. Yet Christ disregarded his Lordship and was not ashamed to be the last, the least. He willingly accepted a shameful death in order to save us.  
     And God the Father raised him up and gave him the greatest honor and glory of being at his right hand in heaven. From there, Jesus continually intercedes for us and grants us salvation. So then this should be our goal – to go to heaven where our master is and not look for human honors and prestige. If we follow Christ, our discipleship is not only of the resurrection, but also the cross as well. Yet after the cross, there is the resurrection. This is the Good News of salvation.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     FILOMENA LL. NARANJILLA
     MAURICE LOCSIN
     SHIRLEY TEE TEN
     VLADIMIR MANUEL

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     ARTURO & AMELIA MARIN

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     TAN SING LIM

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 28, 2015

 

WEDNESDAY, 4TH WEEK OF EASTER

April 29, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 4TH WEEK OF EASTER

St. Catherine Of Siena, Virgin

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Acts 12:24  – 13: 5a / Jn 12: 44 – 50

 

[St. Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380), an ardent supporter of the papacy, helped restore the papacy to Rome after the Avignon captivity. Imprinted with the stigmata, she died at the early age of 33.  She was proclaimed Patroness of Italy in 1939 and a Doctor of the Church in 1970.]

 

Reading: Acts 12:24 – 13:5a

     Meanwhile the word of God was increasing and spreading. Barnabas and Saul carried out their mission and then came back from Jerusalem, taking with them John also called Mark.

     There were at Antioch – in the Church which was there – prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon known as Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod, and Saul. On one occasion while they were celebrating the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul to do the work for which I have called them." So, after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

     These then, sent by the Holy Spirit, went down to the port of Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. Upon their arrival in Salamis they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogue.

 

Gospel: Jn 12:44 – 50

     Yet Jesus had said, and even cried out, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me, sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

     "If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me, and does not receive my word, already has a judge: the very word I have spoken will condemn him on the last day.  

     "For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructed me."  

 

Reflection:

     "I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness."

     The spiritual writer Richard Rohr writes about our "shadow self" that lives in darkness: "We all identify with our idealized persona . . . that we become masters of denial and learn to eliminate or deny anything that does not support it. Neither our persona nor our shadow is evil in itself; they just allow us to do evil and not know it. Our shadow self makes us all hypocrites on some level.  Remember, hypocrite comes from the Greek for 'actor,' someone playing a role rather than being 'real.' We are all in one kind of a closet or another and are even encouraged by society to play our roles. Until grace is fully triumphant we are all hypocrites of sorts."

     We need to get out of the shadows. We need light to cast out the darkness of our shadow self. Usually everybody else around us knows about it – except ourselves. Ask a trusted friend to help us dispel this darkness. Ask the help of Jesus for he is the light, that we not remain in darkness.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     JUN S. CABUSAY

     RAMON DE CASTRO

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     ANDREW & ESTHER NG

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Dr. Herminia Sy Sia.

 

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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