Friday, May 12, 2006
Saturday 4th Week of Easter
May 13, 2006
Saturday 4th Week of Easter - Yr II
On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the
word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with
jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul
and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word
of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn
yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.
For so the Lord has commanded us, I have made you a light to the
Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the
earth." The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified
the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to
believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole
region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were
worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution
against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. So
they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to
Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to his disciples: "If you know me, then you will also know
my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said
to Jesus, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you
still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in
the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do
not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else,
believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater
ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask
in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."
There's sadness in Jesus' voice. Philip has been with Jesus from the
day he was called, listening to his words, being astonished by his
works. Yet he has failed to see the full truth. Philip has no idea that
when one looks upon Jesus, he beholds the Father. His faith is still
too earthbound. He still cannot see beyond this man Jesus, he could not
look at Jesus and see his Father. "If you really knew me, you would
know my Father also ... You have seen him." There's sadness in Jesus'
The apostles' anxiety and gloom is the issue that Jesus addresses
during the Farewell Discourse. In yesterday's Gospel reading Jesus
urged his apostles not to let their hearts be troubled, to strengthen
their faith in him and in his Father. Their faith is their assurance
that he will return to bring them to the place he will prepare for
them. There they will be with him forever.
Jesus reminds the apostles that it is the Father who gives him the
words he speaks and accomplishes in him the works he does. Then he
informs them solemnly that those who have faith in him will do works
that are greater even than the works he has done.
What is this great work we are to do? Jesus is to die. But the apostles
and we, motivated by our firm faith in him, are to be witnesses to him,
to his words and works. We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we
are to proclaim his resurrection, his victory over death. We are to
announce to the world the Father's faithful love for all of us, his
invitation to us to rejoice in his presence forever.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Loida Jimenez. 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.
- Birthday: Rita Lim Formoso
- for the spiritual enlightenment of Armando, Bituin, Tim & Leah
- good health for Nora & Teresita
- for the complete healing of Greg
- good health for Elsa & Paolo
- for the personal intentions of Domingo Alfonso & Family
- Birthday : Allan Alfonso
- Birthday : Romeo Alfonso
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Cristina, Rosvie & Aljohn.
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon
them. May they and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Joaquin Cunanan (May 12, 1910 - Jun 23, 1989)
- 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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