Sunday, May 14, 2006
Monday 5th Week of Easter
May 15, 2006
Memorial, St. Isidore the Farmer
Monday 5th Week of Easter - Yr II
There was an attempt in Iconium by both the Gentiles and the Jews,
together with their leaders, to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.
They realized it, and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe
and to the surrounding countryside, where they continued to proclaim
the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who
had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at
him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud
voice, "Stand up straight on your feet." He jumped up and began to walk
about. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in
Lycaonian, "The gods have come down to us in human form." They called
Barnabas "Zeus" and Paul "Hermes," because he was the chief speaker.
And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city,
brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people
intended to offer sacrifice. The Apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their
garments when they heard this and rushed out into the crowd, shouting,
"Men, why are you doing this? We are of the same nature as you, human
beings. We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these
idols to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and all that
is in them. In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own
ways; yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without
witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and
filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts." Even with
these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering
sacrifice to them.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Whoever has my commandments and observes
them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my
Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." Judas, not the
Iscariot, said to him, "Master, then what happened that you will reveal
yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him,
"Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and
we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not
love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but
that of the Father who sent me. "I have told you this while I am with
you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name
- he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you."
Today, Jesus continues his Farewell Discourse. He has been urging his
apostles not to allow his coming departure to trouble their hearts. He
has told them that he will come back for them and bring them to his
Father's house where there are rooms enough for all. He himself will
prepare a place for them at his Father's house, where they will remain
with him forever. He has promised them that while he is separated from
them they will do even greater works than he himself has done, and he
has assured them that he will give to them anything they ask of him in
The other apostle named Judas, not the traitor, is curious about Jesus'
final manifestation at the end of time. He asks, "Why is it that you
will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus does not answer
his question. Instead he speaks of how he will reveal himself to
believers who will be in this world during the years between his
departure and his return. Jesus explains that he and his Father will
come to anyone who loves him, who is therefore true to his word ... he
explains that he and his Father will come to that person and will make
their dwelling place in him.
God's dwelling in us is a profound mystery. It refers to a continuous
presence of the Lord and his Father within us, a loving response to our
love for them. The Holy Spirit, too, dwells within us, instructing us
in everything, and reminding us of all that Jesus has taught us.
The effects of this indwelling will be evident to anyone who looks on
us. For it will allow us to listen to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and it will enable us to live our lives in accordance with God's
values, even though such a life be totally other oriented and
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for all the deceased mothers of the world.
- for all mothers who are sick mentally, physically and spiritually.
- 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 complete healing of Alyssa.
- In Thanksgiving: Bro. Nanding Balingit
- for the healing of Ding Vidanes, Rita delos Reyes and Jose delos
- for the personal intentions of the delos Reyes clan.
- good health to Alex and Yoly Legaspi and Mila San Juan.
- for the personal intentions of Susan & Ding.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio B. Ortiga (1926 - 2001)
- 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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