Thursday, April 06, 2006
Friday 5th week of Lent
April 7, 2006
Friday 5th week of Lent - Yr II
I hear the whisperings of many: "Terror on every side! Denounce! let us
denounce him!" All those who were my friends are on the watch for any
misstep of mine. "Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and
take our vengeance on him." But the LORD is with me, like a mighty
champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their
failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable
confusion. O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and
heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have
entrusted my cause. Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has
rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, "I have
shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you
trying to stone me?" The Jews answered him, "We are not stoning you for
a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God."
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, "You are
gods"'? If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and
Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father
has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, 'I
am the Son of God'? If I do not perform my Father's works, do not
believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the
Father is in me and I am in the Father." Then they tried again to
arrest him; but he escaped from their power. He went back across the
Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said, "John performed no sign, but everything John
said about this man was true." And many there began to believe in him.
How often have felt that we've done the "right thing" but suffered for
our decisions? When this happened, how did we express our
disappointment and feelings during our prayers and conversations with
God? During those moments, were we facing a tough no-win situation or
were we trying to change these situations into a positive one?
In the first reading today, Jeremiah was facing one of those times. He
heard rumors directed against him and knew that certain people around
him were waiting for him to make mistakes and fail. Even through all
his trials, he continued to keep his trust in the Lord.
During Jesus' ministry, many people made efforts to stop and discourage
him. Doubts were created by these people, to deter others from
listening to his teachings and following him. But even with all their
efforts, Jesus persisted by continuing to preach and perform miracles.
How do we then, in our daily lives, learn to trust or deepen our trust
in the Lord, to guide and help us in our decisions even through
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intentions of Charles and Cheryl C.
- for the speedy recovery of Rita de los Reyes, personal intentions
of Dr. Cip de los Reyes and Jose delos Reyes.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Robert Ng
- In Memoriam (+): Carlos Chongson (1925-1999)
- In Memoriam (+): Jorge S. Ochoa
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Castillo
- In Memoriam (+): Visitaciomn de la Pena
- for world peace and reconciliation.
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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