Friday, May 19, 2006
Saturday 5th Week of Easter
May 20, 2006
Saturday 5th Week of Easter - Yr II
Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra where there was a disciple named
Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father
was a Greek. The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of
that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his
father was a Greek. As they traveled from city to city, they handed on
to the people for observance the decisions reached by the Apostles and
presbyters in Jerusalem. Day after day the churches grew stronger in
faith and increased in number. They traveled through the Phrygian and
Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to
Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did
not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
During the night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and
implored him with these words, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once,
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.
Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it
hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its
own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you
out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to
you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they
will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep
yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me."
Have we ever been in a position in which being a Christian puts us at a
disadvantage - feeling uncomfortable, and at the other extreme, being
threatened with death? At the latter extreme were Stephen and those
who, like him, make fidelity to Christ an absolute value.
Hopefully we have chosen to submit to the pain rather than compromise
Christ's values. For instance, standing firm against signing a contract
because of ethical and moral considerations, even though your business
associates urge you to sign; or refusing to join a group of friends
intent on a night of indulgence or illicit activity.
The basic reality is that the world will hate anyone whose life is
governed by Christian values. Christ warns us about this in today's
Gospel: "If the world hates you, don't be surprised, it hated me before
you. It will persecute you as it has persecuted me." The reason for the
world's hatred is very simple: "I have taken you out of this world, you
do not belong to this world. Your values and mine are different than
this world's values. The world will see your adherence to my values as
a hostile rejection of its values. The world will hate you and
persecute you, as it has me."
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Cadio Perreras.
- for the healing and recovery of Poch Robles.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Justine Bengzon. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
rest in peace.
- for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap.
- for the personal intentions of Jeffrey and Ginbee.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Laureana Cabansag Rebosa.
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.
- for the personal intentions of Julezja.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gregorio Kaw
- for the personal intentions of Audie Cabrera.
- for the complete healing of Michael O. Logatoc & Lydia Endozo.
- for the personal intentions of Corie.
- 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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