Sunday, April 23, 2006
Tuesday 2nd Week of Easter
April 25, 2006
Feast, St. Mark, evangelist
Tuesday 2nd Week of Easter - Yr II
1 PETER 5:5B-14
Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one
another, for: God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. So
humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you
in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.
Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like
a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in
faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world
undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his
eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm,
strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him
be dominion forever. Amen. I write you this briefly through Silvanus,
whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that
this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. The chosen one at
Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. Greet one another
with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: "Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is
baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will
drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up
serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will
not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and
preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the
word through accompanying signs.
We celebrate today the feast of St. Mark, author of one of the three
synoptic Gospels. He was not a historian nor was he directly interested
in Jesus' history. Like the other evangelists, he wanted to proclaim
Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, as the Savior of the world. Mark
narrated historical events, but his purpose was religious rather than
For instance, in today's Gospel selection, which is close to the end of
Mark's Gospel, the risen Jesus says, "He who believes in me and is
baptized, will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned." It
is beyond the power of history to prove or disprove that there is such
a thing as salvation for human beings; it is beyond the power of
history to prove or disprove that we can attain salvation through
belief in Jesus.
We ought not therefore attempt to find in the Gospels what is not
there. Rather let us turn to God and humbly ask him to strengthen our
belief in and our commitment to the religious truths he has revealed to
us in the scriptures.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Untoy.
- may the Holy Spirit guide David on his discernment.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Geraldine Uy
- Birthday: Evelyn Co Yu
- Birthday: Juanita L. Tan
- Birthday: Lilian van der Engh
- Prayer Intention: Nañagas Family
- 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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