Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

MONDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

May 1, 2017 – MONDAY, 3rd Week of Easter 

St. Joseph the Worker, White

Labor Day

 

Acts 6:8 - 15 / Mt 13:54 - 58

 

     Pope Pius XII instituted this feast to honor St. Joseph the Worker on 01 May which is Labor Day in many countries.

 

1ST 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 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 READING:     Mt 13: 54- 58

     Jesus went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary his mother and aren't James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren't all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?" And so they took offense at him.

 

     Jesus said to them, "The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family." And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

 

REFLECTION

     No matter who has hurt us - a family member, a friend, a co-worker or a neighbor - we face the same fundamental question: "How am I going to deal with it?" Time may help to reduce the pain, but time without grace can also push the pain deeper into our hearts without any real resolution and, when something like this is suppressed, it could greatly influence us without our realizing it.

 

     Our efforts to forgive those who have hurt us are good; support from friends would help. Jesus can give us a different kind of help, like what Stephen received before his detractors. No matter how difficult things may be, God is able to give us courage and strength to face our enemies. Stephen witnessed his faith in Jesus with the help of God's grace, a witness even to his death by stoning.

 

     God has promised that his word, once spoken, would never be fruitless. People may resist it, not listen to it. But with perseverance, God's word will produce much fruit.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

ORDINATION

     BENJAMIN SIM S.J.

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     BILL & NIGHT KEYES

 

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 29, 2017

 

3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 30, 2017 - 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER

White

 

Acts 2: 14, 22- 33 / 1 Pt 1: 17- 21 / Lk 24: 13- 35

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Lk 24: 28- 32

     As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, "Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is almost over." So he went to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece,

 

     Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished from their sight. And they said to each other, "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?"

 

REFLECTION

     As we read about the two despondent disciples of Jesus on their way to Emmaus, we can ask ourselves, "What road am I travelling at the moment? Am I heading where God wants me to go?"

 

     Though the two disciples were walking away from the community of the close followers of Jesus, Jesus came to walk with them. Though we may turn our backs to God, God will never give up on us. We might not be on the right path; God nonetheless will remain with us.

 

     The two disciples did not recognize Jesus when Jesus joined them. Often we do not recognize God's presence with us: we may not be looking for him; we may not be expecting him; we may have closed our eyes to his presence, our ears to his voice, and our hearts to his urgings. God is always with us, walking alongside us, even if we are unaware of his loving presence.

 

     It is consoling to know that Jesus takes time to find what the disciples were discussing. Jesus met them and meets us where we are. Just as he asked the two what they were talking about, he invites us to share with him where we are and what is going on in our lives, the good things as well as the bad. God is interested in everything in our lives. He is greatly concerned with every aspect of our lives.

 

     Jesus pointed out to the two disciples what Scripture had said about the Messiah: slowly he led them to see that death was part of God's plan of salvation. The challenge for us is to learn to listen to what God is telling us. This requires we keep open our communication with God, in prayer, in quiet reading and reflection, in teachings from and dealings with others. Hopefully we are able to listen to God speaking to us, just as the two listened to Jesus.

 

     Enraptured by their conversation with the stranger, the two invite him to be their guest. What would have happened if the two had not asked the stranger to stay with them? They would never have known and recognized the Lord.

 

     In the home of the two, Jesus "took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight." (Lk 24: 30 - 31)

 

     The two recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread. And looking back at their journey with the stranger, "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?" (Lk 24: 32)

 

     The two were transformed by their encounter with the Risen Jesus. If we are open to God, we too can experience the same change, discover renewed purpose, hope and joy in our lives, knowing that Jesus who has conquered death shares our journey, bringing us new faith and hope.

 

     As we journey through life, we are called to walk with Jesus. The road to Emmaus is a symbol of Christian life enabling us to see that the Risen Lord gives hope and joy and that we are never alone. The Risen Jesus always walks with us. As we walk with him, our road becomes a great journey of companionship and conversation, of faith and hope.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     FILOMENA LL NARANJILLA

     VLADIMIR MANUEL

 

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, April 28, 2017

 

SATURDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 29, 2017 – SATURDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church 

Memorial, White

 

Acts 6: 1 - 7 / Jn 6: 16 - 21

 

     St. Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380) was instrumental in the return of the papacy to Rome from the Avignon captivity (1309 - 1377). Imprinted with the stigmata, she died in Rome at age 33. She is the Patroness of Italy.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Acts 6: 2- 4

     The Twelve summoned the whole body of disciples together and said, "It is not right that we should neglect the word of God to serve at tables. So, friends, choose from among yourselves seven respected men full of Spirit and wisdom, that we may appoint them to this task. As for us, we shall give ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word."

 

GOSPEL READING:     Jn 6: 16- 21

     When evening came, the disciples went down to the shore. After a while they got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the sea, for it was now dark and Jesus had not yet come to them. But the sea was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing.

 

     They had rowed about three of four miles, when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and he was drawing near to the boat. They were frightened, but he said to them, "It is me; do not be afraid."

 

     They wanted to take him into the boat, but immediately the boat was at the shore to which they were going.

 

REFLECTION

     In the first reading, in order that distribution of help to those in need may not jeopardize time for prayer and preaching the Good News, the Apostles appoint the first deacons in the Church.

 

     In the second reading, while the disciples were on the Sea of Galilee, a strong wind caused a rough sea. Jesus joins his disciples walking on the water and assures the frightened disciples, "It is me; do not be afraid." And he calms the wind and the waters.

 

     So many times, especially after the resurrection, Jesus greets those he appears to with his peace and tells them not to be afraid. Appearing to Mary of Magdala, he greets her by name, "Mary" and assures her he was alive. Appearing to the disciples behind locked doors in the evening of Easter Sunday, he begins, "Peace be with you," and fills the frightened disciples with joy. When he appears to them a week later with Thomas present, he also begins, "Peace be with you."

   

     At his appearance to the seven disciples fishing at the Sea of Galilee, he greets them with familiarity, "Children, have you anything to eat?" and treats the disciples to a picnic-breakfast on the beach.

 

     "Peace be with you" and "It is I; do not be afraid" are assurances to us of his presence and his loving care for us: "Although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are beside me." (Ps 23: 4)

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FR. ANTONIO M. BASILIO SJ 

     JUN S. CABUSAY 

     SUYENNE YANG

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     ANDREW & ESTHER NG

     JEFFREY CHUA & SABRINA CHUA

 

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, April 27, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 28, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Easter 

St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr /

St. Louise-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Priest and Religious Founder

White

 

Acts 5: 34 - 42 / Jn 6: 1 – 15

 

     St. Peter Chanel (1803 -1841), a French priest of the Society of Mary (Marists) was the Apostle to Oceania and its first martyr.

 

     St. Louise-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673- 1716), born in Brittany, a great preacher and missionary with a great devotion to our Lady and the Rosary, founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests), the Congregation of Daughters of Divine Wisdom (women devoted to the poor) and the Brothers of St. Gabriel.

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Jn 6: 1 - 3, 5- 13

     After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberias; and large crowds followed him because of the miraculous signs they saw when he healed the sick. So he went up into the hills and sat down there with his disciples....

 

     Then lifting up his eyes, Jesus saw the crowds that were coming to him and said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread so that these people may eat?" He said this to test Philip, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Two hundred silver coins would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a piece."

Then one of Jesus' disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?"

 

     Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." There was plenty of grass there so the people, about five thousand men, sat down to rest. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were seated. He did the same with the fish and gave them as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten, he told his disciples, "Gather up the pieces left over; that nothing may be lost."

 

     So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with bread, that is with pieces of the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.

 

REFLECTION

     Despite having seen so many wonderful things Jesus had done- healing the sick, expelling demons, bringing the dead back to life, Philip could not see how five thousand people could be fed in a deserted place.

 

     Faced with problems, we often worry much and do not look at possible opportunities. Our idea of the possible is of course limited by our own experiences in our daily lives. Philip failed to imagine what the miracle-worker Jesus could do in such a difficult situation.

 

     Jesus fed five thousand people with five barley loaves and two fish, with twelve baskets filled with left-overs. The miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes looked forward to the daily miracle of the Eucharist; it also showed God's abundant generosity.

 

     What miracles do we dare ask God for ourselves?

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FR. JOSEPH Y. HAW SJ

     JAIME YSMAEL

     RINAJANE R. HERRERA

     ROSARIO FRANCISCO

 

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 26, 2017

 

THURSDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 27, 2017 – THURSDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

 

St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Memorial, White

 

Acts 5: 27- 33 / Jn 3: 31- 36

 

     Born in Nijmegen, St. Peter Canisius (1521 -1597) was an indefatigable Jesuit preacher and writer.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Acts 5: 27- 32

     They brought the apostles in and made them stand before the Council and the High Priest questioned them, "We gave you strict orders not to preach such a Savior; but you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend charging us with the killing of this man."

 

     To this Peter and the apostles replied, "Better for us to obey God rather than any human authority! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging on a wooden post. God set him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses to all these things, as well as the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."

 

GOSPEL READING:     Jn 3: 31 - 36

     Jesus said to his disciples, "He who comes from above is above all; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth and his words, too, are earthly. The One who comes from heaven speaks of the things he has seen and heard; he bears witness to this but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever does receive his testimony acknowledges the truthfulness of God.

 

     "The one sent by God speaks God's words and gives the Spirit without measure. For the Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything into his hands. Whoever believes in the Son lives with eternal life, but he who will not believe in the Son will never know life and always faces the justice of God."

 

REFLECTION

     When I was much younger, my father brought me to the house of a very rich relative, a non-Catholic but a very religious man. While my father talked to him, I explored his mansion with my companions. On the second floor we found a big shrine with an enormous Buddha, images of some Chinese gods, statues of Mary and Jesus. There were food, drinks and burning incense, whose scent filled the room.

 

     Back home I asked my father about what we saw. I remember that he said that my uncle was one who never left anything to chance. So, he practiced whatever religion suited him for each particular business situation.

 

     That experience I had as a young person has made a lasting impression on me. It did not fit my belief in the one true God, that our God is not one of many gods.

 

     I could not understand putting together a shrine with images of Jesus and Mary, of Buddha and various Chinese gods.

 

     We could perhaps reflect on a few questions: Are there "other gods" which exist in my life and belief? How does belief in the Lord Jesus affect my daily life? Can people see my faith in Jesus in my actions? How do I share in the great mystery of the God-made-Man?

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     GINA F. JAYMALIN 

     TOFFIE NUQUI

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     BENJAMIN "KOKOK" PANGANIBAN MD

 

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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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 26, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
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Acts 3: 17- 26 / Jn 3:16 – 21

FROM THE 1ST READING:     Act 3: 19, 26
     Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and the time of refreshment may come by the mercy of God, when he sends the Messiah appointed for you, Jesus....

     It is to you first that God sends his Servant; he raised him to life to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.

GOSPEL READING:     Jn 3: 16- 21
     Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.
     
     "This is how the Judgment is made: Light has come into the world and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For whoever does wrong hates the light and doesn't come to the light for fear that his deeds will be shown as evil. But whoever lives according to the truth comes into the light so that it can be clearly seen that his works have been done in God."

REFLECTION
     Both readings today speak of God sending Jesus the Messiah for our salvation. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, after Peter and John cured the man crippled from birth, Peter gives a long summary discussion on the mission of Jesus the Messiah.

     In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks with the Jewish leader Nicodemus about God's love for the world and his sending of his Son to save the world.

     A simple song reiterates the message of these two readings: "In him alone is our hope, in him alone is our strength, in him alone are we justified, in him alone are we saved."

     Both readings also emphasize the necessity of our response to the love of God. Peter speaks of turning to God so that our sins may be wiped out, "turn to God so that your sins may be wiped," and "by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

     In the Gospel reading Jesus tells Nicodemus about the necessity for humankind to believe in the Son whom God sent into the world and to live according to the truth so that they may come into God's light: "Whoever believes in him will not be condemned. He who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God."

     May we proclaim our faith in Jesus in our life and actions.

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     CHARLIE AQUINO
     CYRIL TAN

THANKSGIVING
     FEI DIRECTORS, MANAGEMENT & STAFF & FAMILIES

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 
     HARRY & HELEN CHUA

OTHER INTENTIONS
For the healing of Renan Lacida.

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 24, 2017

 

TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

April 25, 2017 – TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter

ST. MARK, Evangelist

Feast, Red

 

1 Pt 5: 5b- 14 / Mk 16: 15- 20

 

     St. Mark, writer of the second Gospel, was a disciple and collaborator of St. Peter, the Apostle. Held as the first Bishop of Alexandria, he is the Patron of Venice and Egypt.

 

FROM THE 1ST READING:     1 Pt 5: 8- 10

     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 persecutions. 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.

 

GOSPEL READING:     Mk 16: 15- 20

     Then Jesus said to his disciples, "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 which accompanied them.

 

REFLECTION

     Today we say that we have a shortage of "signs" of God: miracles and extraordinary cures and happenings.

 

     True we do not have the signs and wonders which accompanied the ministry and preaching of Jesus and of the apostles in the early Church.

 

     Though we may not have such miracles and wonders, we still see and hear about so many wonders and signs of God's saving love. We see selfless missionaries, clerics, religious and lay, generously preaching the Good News not only in their ordinary lives but even in far-away mission territories. We see generous volunteers visiting the sick and the aged, those in prison and in the slums, providing needed help and bringing hope. We have very generous benefactors feeding the hungry, educating the youth and giving hope to victims of violence and abuse.

 

     Indeed there are so many signs of the Lord God working and accompanying people and the world, if only we could read and see them.

 

     We pray that the Good News be lived more and more even in our days and that we do our share of living and preaching the Good News of Christ's salvation.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNVIVERSARY 

     ED &JUDY UY TINTOC

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     JOVITO YU (FEB.l5, 1948 - APR25,2003)

 

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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