Sunday, May 28, 2006
Monday 7th Week of Easter
May 29, 2006
Monday 7th Week of Easter - Yr II
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the
country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to
them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" They
answered him, "We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
He said, "How were you baptized?" They replied, "With the baptism of
John." Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy
Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men. He entered the synagogue, and
for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the
Kingdom of God.
The disciples said to Jesus, "Now you are talking plainly, and not in
any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that
you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe
that you came from God." Jesus answered them, "Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be
scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not
alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you
might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take
courage, I have conquered the world."
Deep into his missionary journey, we still note the persevering
attitude and intense zeal of Paul to share the Gospel of Jesus. We
further note the growing communities as he continued his journey as
well as the growing strength of opposition in the places he visited.
We, however, cannot diminish the ministry and almost veiled role of the
Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Paul. Somehow, to further the
cause of the Kingdom of God, pieces of cloth were made instruments to
minister to the great needs of the ever growing Gentile communities.
With Paul empowered by the Holy Spirit, he passed on and shared the
varied gifts of the Holy Spirit to other faithful and trusted disciples
of the Lord Jesus. As Paul prayed and interceded, the power of the Holy
Spirit was further manifested in the lives on men and women who were
similarly led by the Spirit of Jesus.
In today's brief Gospel reading, Jesus speaks words that proclaim his
unlimited compassion and love for his disciples. At the beginning of
this Gospel passage, the apostles are feeling pretty good. They've had
a good meal and delightful wine. Jesus is talking about leaving them,
which they can't seem to comprehend. But he's also assured them that
God loves them and will give them anything they ask for in his name.
Jesus then dampens their good feelings, indicating that their life
together will come to an end. Not only will he be taken from them;
they'll all abandon him. They'll be scattered. They'll leave him alone,
by himself. It's here that Jesus proclaims that his love and compassion
for them is without limit. He tells them, "Yet I can never be alone;
the Father is with me. I tell you all this that in me you my find
peace." Now, even before they have abandoned him, he goes beyond
lightening the burden of guilt and beyond the forgiveness it implies.
He promises them a peace that presupposes total absence of guilt and
forgiveness of sins.
The apostles, of course, at that moment could not comprehend what Jesus
was implying. But after his resurrection they certainly must have
recalled his words each time he appeared to them and spoke the single
word of greeting, "Peace!"
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 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: Lily Sy
- Birthday: Ruby Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Y. Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Edmundo Inocentes (Nov 16, 1936 - May 28, 2002)
- Wedding Anniversary: Gabby & Helen Tong
- 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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