Monday, May 15, 2006
Tuesday 5th Week of Easter
May 16, 2006
Tuesday 5th Week of Easter - Yr II
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over
the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing
that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up
and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for
Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a
considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to
Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary
for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God." They
appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and
fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After
proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there
they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of
God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they
called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and
how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no
little time with the disciples.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give
to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your
hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, 'I am going away
and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I
am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I
have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may
believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the
world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that
I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me."
In today's Gospel Jesus promises his apostles his own peace.
Paradoxically while Christ's peace is totally incompatible with the
world's peace, it is quite compatible with all the pain the world can
inflict on the Christian.
What kind of peace does the world give? It's not really peace; it's
distraction and escapism. In the pursuit and the attainment of worldly
values, material belongings, pleasure, power, we escape our
responsibilities for the pain, the evil in our world. This pseudo peace
is clearly incompatible with Christ's values.
On the other hand, Jesus' peace can coexist within us, at a very deep
level, in spite of the most intense pain the world can inflict on us.
When the world, through the Jewish priests and Pharisees, acted to
destroy Jesus, Jesus experienced agonizing pain, and prayed in the
Garden, "Father, take away this chalice from me," and on the cross, "My
God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Yet beneath this physical
turmoil Jesus was at peace, for he continued his prayer in the Garden,
"Not my will, but yours be done," and on the cross, "Into your hands I
commend my spirit."
Perhaps we should sincerely ask the Lord Jesus to give us the courage
to abandon the pursuit of the illusory peace that the world offers.
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 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 the personal intentions of Audie Cabrera.
- 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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