Friday, May 26, 2006
Saturday 6th Week of Easter
May 27, 2006
Saturday 6th Week of Easter - Yr II
After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly
sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to
all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an
eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the
Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with
ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he
knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the
synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately. And when he wanted
to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the
disciples there to welcome him. After his arrival he gave great
assistance to those who had come to believe through grace. He
vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the Scriptures
that the Christ is Jesus.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you
ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not
asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy
may be complete. "I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour
is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell
you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and
I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father
himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe
that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the
world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
We Christians often see prayer as a magic formula for getting our
wishes granted. We pray for a specific favor - wealth, the upper hand
over our enemies, success in our endeavors. We pray and we expect the
results we're praying for.
This isn't the way prayer works. Prayer does not bestow on us the
magical power of a controlling God who will without fail give us what
we pray for. We do not hypnotize God with certain prayer formulas
repeated incessantly, nor do we wear him down with a torrent of words
Jesus tells us in today's Gospel to ask the Father anything we want in
Jesus' name. This last phrase, "in Jesus' name," shows prayer in a
whole new light. Our petitions are to be made in accordance with Jesus'
teaching. What we pray for is not to be that which is contrary to his
teaching. Should a person expect from Jesus a positive response to a
prayer that seeks vengeance?
Sr. Regina Coll, C.S.J., concludes her reflections on today's Gospel
"While we are assured that God will answer our prayer, praying is not
about trying to change God's mind. Praying is opening our heart to God
and listening so that we may know what Christ wants for us. Let us open
our hearts to hear what God is calling us to be."
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
- for the complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the special intention of Carlos and Emma.
- for the complete healing of Angel Uichanco, Roger Ang and Paolo.
- for the personal intentions of Charles and Cheryl C.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Co Bun Hing. 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 all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Conchita Ong
- Birthday: Teria Ng
- Birthday: Marie Afable
- In Memoriam (+): Robert Chua Huai Liam (1931-1997)
- 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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