Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday 6th Week of Easter
May 25, 2006
Thursday 6th Week of Easter - Yr II
Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila,
a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife
Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. He
went to visit them and, because he practiced the same trade, stayed
with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. Every sabbath,
he entered into discussions in the synagogue, attempting to convince
both Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia,
Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word,
testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. When they opposed him
and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your
blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I
will go to the Gentiles." So he left there and went to a house
belonging to a man named Titus Justus, a worshiper of God; his house
was next to a synagogue. Crispus, the synagogue official, came to
believe in the Lord along with his entire household, and many of the
Corinthians who heard believed and were baptized.
Jesus said to his disciples: "A little while and you will no longer see
me, and again a little while later and you will see me." So some of his
disciples said to one another, "What does this mean that he is saying
to us, 'A little while and you will not see me, and again a little
while and you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?" So
they said, "What is this 'little while' of which he speaks? We do not
know what he means." Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said
to them, "Are you discussing with one another what I said, 'A little
while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will
see me'? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the
world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy."
In today's Gospel, we see that the disciples do not understand what
Jesus has been saying. In particular, they do not understand what Jesus
is talking about when he tells them that they will not see him, and
then a little later they will see him again. They do not know what he
is talking about.
It seems obvious to us that Jesus was talking about his death and
resurrection. But we Christians today have the benefit of hindsight. So
what seems obvious to us would not have been so clear to the disciples.
They could not have understood that Jesus was talking about dying, and
then rising again and appearing to them.
Some of the most difficult moments in our lives are when we do not
understand what God's plan is for us, like times when life is filled
with suffering, and we do not understand why God would allow this
happen to us. Or times when we feel that Jesus has deserted us, right
at the moment when we really need him. Or when a crushing blow
unexpectedly threatens to derail us. Or when we struggle with that
all-important question: Its is during these moments we seem to ask
ourselves "Where is God?"
We do not always understand Jesus. If we did, then he will not be God.
Perhaps, if we can always understood his plan for us, then perhaps we
will not be living by faith. Faith is believing in Jesus even though we
do not see him, even when we do not always understand his plan for us.
Let us continue to trust Jesus in good times and especially in
difficult times. Let us be reminded to ask him to help us, to strength
our faith and trust in him, especially during those times when we need
him the most.
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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