Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Wednesday 6th Week of Easter
May 24, 2006
Wednesday 6th Week of Easter - Yr II
ACTS 17:15, 22-18:1
After Paul's escorts had taken him to Athens, they came away with
instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.
Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: "You Athenians, I see
that in every respect you are very religious. For as I walked around
looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar
inscribed, 'To an Unknown God.' What therefore you unknowingly worship,
I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all that is in it,
the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by
human hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything.
Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.
He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of
the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their
regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and
find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For 'In him
we live and move and have our being,' as even some of your poets have
said, 'For we too are his offspring.' Since therefore we are the
offspring of God, we ought not to think that the divinity is like an
image fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and
imagination. God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he
demands that all people everywhere repent because he has established a
day on which he will 'judge the world with justice' through a man he
has appointed, and he has provided confirmation for all by raising him
from the dead." When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some
began to scoff, but others said, "We should like to hear you on this
some other time." And so Paul left them. But some did join him, and
became believers. Among them were Dionysius, a member of the Court of
the Areopagus, a woman named Damaris, and others with them. After this
he left Athens and went to Corinth.
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you
cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will
guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak
what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He
will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it
to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told
you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
What does this promise of our Lord before his passion have to do with
us 2,000 years after his death and resurrection? Also, what connection
is there with the Athenians of the first century, during the time of
Jesus and St. Paul? What did Jesus mean when he said, "The Spirit of
truth to guide us to all truth."
Jesus had earlier said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." When
Jesus realized that his death was near, he implanted to the disciples
all the tools that they would need to help them continue their mission
here on earth. It was at that moment that Jesus wanted them to grasp
the truth: He was not only sent by God like the prophets before him,
but that he himself is one with God.
At that time, most of his teachings must have appeared confusing and
hard to accept. Jesus gave hope to those who were very confused and
very sad. If we were in the place of the apostles during the Last
Supper, how would we have felt? What would be going through our minds?
Would we have been confused and overwhelmed by his many teachings even
if they touched the heart and may have appeared at that time
After his resurrection, our Lord sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles
so that he may be with them in a different way. The Spirit guided them
in all the things they did and reminded them of all that he had said.
It was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that they began to understand
the teachings of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit revealed and confirmed that the God loves all that he
had created. Today, the Holy Spirit continues to reveal and guide us
towards this truth, even in the midst of all the troubles and problems
we are encountering.
As for the Athenians in the 1st century, the Holy Spirit showed them an
indication of this truth. Through his preaching at the Areopagus, St.
Paul opened their hearts and minds to accept the fullness of this
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for the special Intention of Greg
- for the good health of Elsa & Paolo
- In Thanksgiving: Beth
- for the complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the speedy recovery of Aljay Alfonso
- for the special intentions of Amelia Domingo
- for the special intention of Carlos and Emma.
- In Memoriam: John Joseph B. Tanjeco
- In Memoriam: Cristeta R. Bernal
- In Memoriam: Aida Bernal
- In Memoriam: Magdalena E. Bernal
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Catherine Anne Lu
- Birthday: Mike Suaco
- 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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