Sunday, April 16, 2006
April 17, 2006
Easter Monday - Yr II
ACTS 2:14, 22-33
On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his
voice, and proclaimed: "You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in
Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. "You who
are children of Israel, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was a man
commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which
God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man,
delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed,
using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him
from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held
by it. For David says of him: I saw the Lord ever before me, with him
at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been
glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you
suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the
paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. My brothers,
one can confidently say to you about the patriarch David that he died
and was buried, and his tomb is in our midst to this day. But since he
was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that he would
set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the
resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he abandoned to the
netherworld nor did his flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of
this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured
forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father,
as you both see and hear."
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They
approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to
them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and
there they will see me." While they were going, some of the guard went
into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The
chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they
gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, "You are to
say, 'His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.'
And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy him and
keep you out of trouble." The soldiers took the money and did as they
were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the
There's one thing that's very noticeable in the accounts of the Lord's
passion and risen life: his male friends abandoned him during his
passion and cringed behind locked doors after he died. The women,
however, remained openly and publicly loyal; they stood at the foot of
the cross, they went boldly to the tomb on Easter morning.
All four Gospels make it clear that the men did love Jesus. But they
related to him not only as to a person they loved. They saw him also as
a cause they supported. To the women Jesus was in no sense a political
cause. He was simply and wholly a person they loved. When he died, what
was more natural for them to do than to grace his body with the final
gesture of their love by preparing it for burial? So they went openly
to the tomb, while the men stayed hidden behind locked doors. The
women's love for Jesus, which was that and nothing more, withstood any
threat they may have feared.
There's a danger today that we shall lose this admirable type of love
that characterized the women who followed Jesus. What the world needs,
and above all what Christianity needs, is not women who will learn to
love as men traditionally have loved, but men who will learn to love as
women traditionally have loved. The world and Christianity need an
environment that will teach men how to love, not as did Peter and his
fellows, but as did Mary Magdalene and her companions.
Is this the sort of love we would like to see in men? Strong and
unflinching and persevering? It is, of course, the sort of love Jesus
has for us. Jesus' love remained total and faithful even during his
passion, even in the face of death. Like the women's love for him.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the safe travel of Albert & Veny Yap.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Mrs. Milagros Maliwat
Pasion. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine
upon her. May she and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Victor.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Vicente C. Ong. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Rita Tan. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Virginia Sun
- Birthday: Gilbert So
- Birthday: Juanito Chiong
- Prayer Intention: Uy Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Alex & Chit Ngui
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Lilian Cua
- 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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