Thursday, May 11, 2006
Friday 4th Week of Easter
May 12, 2006
Friday 4th Week of Easter - Yr II
When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue: "My
brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those others among you
who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent. The
inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him, and
by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets that are
read sabbath after sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a
death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him put to death, and when
they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him
down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from
the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with
him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are now his witnesses before the
people. We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what
God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment for us, their
children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm,
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you."
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You
have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father's house there
are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that
I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I
am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way." Thomas said to
him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the
way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me."
Had we been alongside of Thomas during the Lord's Last Discourse, would
we have been as confused as he was? The Lord is leaving us and he's
talking as though we know where he's going; he even says we know the
way to where he's going. But as with Thomas the only thing we can say
is, "Lord, we don't know where you're going. How can we know the way?"
Maybe Thomas wasn't expecting Jesus to clear up the mystery. Maybe he
only wanted a few words that would lessen his bewilderment and enable
him to survive the separation Jesus was foretelling. Jesus had told the
apostles, "Do not let your hearts be troubled." Maybe Thomas wanted
more assurance along this line.
And today, we're aware that Jesus will not step in and change the
situation that pains us so, or miraculously cure the terminally ill, or
show us the way to a buried treasure, or suddenly transform a person's
character. We accept this. We want to be told again and again by Jesus,
"Do not let your hearts be troubled."
And so, perhaps, we have to focus our minds and hearts on the last
words Jesus speaks in today's Gospel, "I am the way, the truth, and the
life; no one comes to the Father but through me."
We need only stretch out our hand and let Jesus take it and guide us,
we need only walk with him. He is the way that will lead us to the
truth that he is, to the fullness of life that he has promised us, to
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.
- Birthday: Eloisa Marie C. Inocentes
- Birthday: Andy Sim
- In Memoriam (+): Sy To Chin
- In Memoriam (+): Filadelfo Inocentes (May 11, 1910 - Nov 1, 1957)
- In Memoriam (+): Evelia Inocentes (May 11, 1938 - Feb 1, 2001)
- In Memoriam (+): Buenaventura & Susana Angtuaco
- 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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