Wednesday, April 19, 2006
APRIL 20, 2006
EASTER THURSDAY - YEAR II
As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John, all the
people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called
"Solomon's Portico." When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, "You
children of Israel, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so
intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of
our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and
denied in Pilate's presence, when he had decided to release him. You
denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released
to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from
the dead; of this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, this man,
whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that
comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of
all of you. Now I know, brothers and sisters, that you acted out of
ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to
fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all
the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may
grant you times of refreshment and send you the Christ already
appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of
universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy
prophets from of old. For Moses said: A prophet like me will the Lord,
your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall
listen in all that he may say to you. Everyone who does not
listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people. "Moreover,
all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also
announced these days. You are the children of the prophets and of the
covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, In
your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed. For you
first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning
each of you from your evil ways."
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and
said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why
are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my
hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a
ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." And as he
said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still
incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything
here to eat?" They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate
it in front of them. He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke
to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in
the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to
them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from
the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of
sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from
You are witnesses of these things."
How could people live in intimate association with a person for a
period of time, and yet not recognize him? In yesterday's Gospel, two
disciples who spent nearly the whole afternoon with Jesus on the road
to Emmaus didn't recognize him. After they do, they quickly return to
Jerusalem to tell the rest of the disciples how they met Jesus.
Everyone is excited and suddenly Jesus is standing in their midst.
Dom Helder Camara tells a true story about a priest in his diocese, who
was meditating on how the disciples did not recognize Jesus.
The priest could not see how this actually could have happened.
While he was meditating on this, there was a knock on the door. A poor
parishioner, a very disturbed personality, needed someone to talk to.
The priest didn't want to interrupt his prayer, so he asked the man to
return later. He even gave the man more money than he normally gave
him. The man left. It dawned on the priest suddenly that he had done
exactly what the disciples had done. "Christ knocked on my door," he
realized. "I saw him, I heard him, I talked to him, yet I failed to
The radiant Risen Christ, vibrant, alive, reveals himself in us as we
look with compassion on those who love and need us. Christ is among us
in our family and friends who need our love. Christ is among us in the
needy and the poor, challenging us to look upon them with compassion,
to reach out to them as he did, with concern and care.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- 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 the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the personal intentions of P. Manzano.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edward T. Ngo
- Birthday: Fr. Jose Gregorio Rincon
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Ponciano Lee
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Bin +
- Wedding Anniversary: Augusto & Lilia Tycangco
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Linda Ong
- 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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