Monday, May 29, 2006
Tuesday 7th Week of Easter
May 30, 2006
Tuesday 7th Week of Easter - Yr II
>From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned.
When they came to him, he addressed them, "You know how I lived among
you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I
served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that
came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all
shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you
in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and
Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But
now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen
to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the
Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await
me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my
course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear
witness to the Gospel of God's grace. "But now I know that none of you
to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face
again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not
responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from
proclaiming to you the entire plan of God."
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you
gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal
life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should
know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I
glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to
do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with
you before the world began. "I revealed your name to those whom you
gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to
me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you
gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to
them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray
for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are
yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine,
and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the
world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you."
Today's Gospel begins with the prayer Jesus says to his Father for all
those who would be his followers. Jesus prays this prayer on the night
before he is to die. He has no regrets. He knows he has done the work
his Father gave him to do: to make his Father known among the people of
Paul in the first reading also looks back over his life. He is about to
set off from Ephesus for Jerusalem, where he knows will be the
beginning of the end for him. He harbors no regrets about this life. He
has made use of all the opportunities God had given to him to make the
name of Jesus known among the Gentiles. He has fulfilled the mission
given him by the Lord.
The difference between Jesus and Paul is perhaps the difference between
the saints and the rest of us. We miss the opportunities the Lord gives
us by always living in the future. "Tomorrow I will get down to doing
something about my spiritual life." "Tomorrow I will reconcile with
those who have hurt me." "Tomorrow I will start giving more time to my
As we get older, most of us discover and recall lost opportunities. The
one consolation we have is that it was the Lord Jesus who said,
excusing the weariness of his apostles, "The spirit is willing, the
flesh is weak." But will it not be unfortunate if we will have to go
empty-handed into the presence of so loving and understanding a Lord?
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 complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the special intention of Carlos and Emma.
- for the special intention Maria's nephew.
- 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: Alessandra Justine Ampil
- Birthday: Arch. Thomas Diokno
- In Thanksgiving: Sr. Nancy Vy, Mic
- Wedding Anniversary: Allen & Juliet Gotamco Dy
- 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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