Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Wednesday 4th Week of Easter
May 10, 2006
Wednesday 4th Week of Easter - Yr II
The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul
completed their relief mission, they returned to Jerusalem, taking with
them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch
prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of
Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
"Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called
them." Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on
them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went
down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in
Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.
Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in
me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one
who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who
believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my
words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not
come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and
does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I
spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on
my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say
as the Father told me."
A lot of people in the world have the difficulty of believing in God or
that God exists. It is not that they are not convinced that there are
insurmountable evidence that prove that God exists. Simply put, they
just do not want to believe.
There are also many people who believe that there is a God, however,
their beliefs are still in the primary stage; wherein their beliefs are
based on their own ideas of God as they struggle to understand and
create this concept of God.
Between these two extremes, there is the revealed truth that comes from
God through the person of his only begotten Son Jesus. In the flesh,
God is personified in Jesus. Amazingly, God takes the initiative to
reach out to humankind in a way that he can fully and tangibly relate
to. As we interpret this, Jesus becomes for us the Way, the Truth and
the Life and no one may come to the Father except through him.
For those who believe in a primary way, they will find new and greater
meaning in their relationship with God. For those who still refuse to
believe in God, they are not exempt from the divine laws that govern
the way things work in every dimension, the order of things that
determine peace and security. It is not Jesus who will condemn them,
but they have already been judged through their own actions of not
listening to Jesus and disobeying what he said to find salvation.
Resisting God and doing things our way is like swimming against the
tide of a rushing river. It is an act of futility. It would therefore
be wise for us to listen, discern and believe that what Jesus tells us
is true and as a result of this, find peace.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Ang Kiu Kok (Mar 1, 1931 - May 9, 2005)
- In Memoriam (+): James Young
- Wedding Anniversary: Antonio & Carmen Godinez
- 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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