Tuesday, April 18, 2006
April 19, 2006
Easter Wednesday - Yr II
Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o'clock
hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at
the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every day to beg for
alms from the people who entered the temple. When he saw Peter and John
about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked
intently at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." He paid attention
to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, "I have
neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of
Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk." Then Peter took him by the
right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew
strong. He leaped up, stood, and walked around, and went into the
temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. When all the
people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the one
who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they
were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were
going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they
were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened
that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near
and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing
him. He asked them, "What are you discussing as you walk along?" They
stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in
reply, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the
things that have taken place there in these days?" And he replied to
them, "What sort of things?" They said to him, "The things that
happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and
word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers
both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we
were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all
this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from
our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in
the morning and did not find his Body; they came back and reported that
they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was
alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things
just as the women had described, but him they did not see." And he said
to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all
that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should
suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Then beginning with
Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they
were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But
they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is
almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that,
while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and
they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said
to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to
us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" So they set out at once
and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven
and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised
and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place
on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the
Have you noticed how often the risen Jesus appears to his friends and
they don't recognize him? We have the same problem with Jesus today.
As in the case of the apostles, it's not for want of his presence. We
know with our minds that Jesus is in every event that happens in this
world, that particularly he's in every person we come into contact
with, no matter how slight that contact is. In fact we know that he is
in every man and woman in the world. Yet we don't see him. We don't see
him, perhaps, because we're too taken up with looking at and looking
Dom Helder Camara, the late Archbishop of Recife in Brazil always saw
Jesus. Not in visions but in people. It comes up constantly in his
writings. "I met Christ in the living [belens] of the poor." "I meet
him [in children] at the age of four, of twelve, of eighteen."
"Whenever you listen to someone who is suffering, you hear Christ's
voice. And whenever you meet someone suffering, you meet Christ in
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- 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 the speedy recovery of the Mom of Nayds.
- for the speedy recovery of the sister of Anabelle.
- for the speedy recovery of Marissa and Irene.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Michael del Carmen
- Birthday: Soledad Te Gue
- Birthday: Rene Antonio V. Espinos
- Birthday: Orlanda Wyatt
- In Memoriam (+): Ramon Shih I Sheng (1900-1978)
- In Memoriam (+): Ildefonso Yang
- 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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