Thursday, June 01, 2006
Friday 7th Week of Easter
June 2, 2006
Friday 7th Week of Easter - Yr II
King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea on a visit to Festus.
Since they spent several days there, Festus referred Paul's case to the
king, saying, "There is a man here left in custody by Felix. When I was
in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought
charges against him and demanded his condemnation. I answered them that
it was not Roman practice to hand over an accused person before he has
faced his accusers and had the opportunity to defend himself against
their charge. So when they came together here, I made no delay; the
next day I took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be
brought in. His accusers stood around him, but did not charge him with
any of the crimes I suspected. Instead they had some issues with him
about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who had died but who
Paul claimed was alive. Since I was at a loss how to investigate this
controversy, I asked if he were willing to go to Jerusalem and there
stand trial on these charges. And when Paul appealed that he be held in
custody for the Emperor's decision, I ordered him held until I could
send him to Caesar."
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast
with them, he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me
more than these?" Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I
love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to Simon
Peter a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Simon Peter
answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him,
"Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do
you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third
time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything;
you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Amen,
amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself
and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out
your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do
not want to go." He said this signifying by what kind of death he would
glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."
We have often read about this poignant episode between our Lord Jesus
and his disciple Peter in the light of the subtle shifts in the use of
the Greek word for love. In the first two times that Jesus asks Peter,
"Do you love me?" he uses the Greek word for the purest form of love -
the love of God. To each of these, Peter replies, "Yes, Lord, you know
that I love you" using a different Greek word for love, one which
refers to a lower form of love - that between friends or brothers. It
was as if Peter, humbled after denying Jesus three times, were saying,
"Lord, you know I do love you, but only so much." So when Jesus asks
Peter for the third time, "Do you love me?" he shifts to the fraternal
form, as if to say, "Okay, Peter, I accept even the imperfect love that
you are ready to give."
Jesus now predicts that Peter will suffer and die, presumably in the
fulfillment of his newly received mission and responsibility. Despite
Peter's profession of an imperfect love, and his admission and display
of weakness, Jesus still deems him ready to take on what mere mortals
can only contemplate with fear. Jesus sees something in Peter which
Peter himself fails to see, something greater than meets the eye,
something that makes God pursue us with seemingly foolish persistence.
"God loves us just the way we are." So we often hear this. But this is
just the first half of the truth. We must never forget to complete the
statement: "... and he loves us into who we are meant to be."
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for the complete healing of Elvie Lazaga
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Natividad Cuasay Diangkinay.
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 the eternal repose of the soul of Nellie Tan. 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 the personal intentions of Stephen.
- for the special intentions of Ding, Gerard, and Ricky
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Isabel & Engr. Joseph Limchutick
- In Memoriam (+): Paulino Lim Yu (Jun 17,1968-Jun 1,1991)
- In Memoriam (+): Chua Tam +
- for the birthday of Rodolfo Manguino on June 5 and for his complete
healing from stroke
- for the complete healing of Babes Co from cancer and Divinia
Inocencio from stroke
- for the Personal Intention of Zenaida I. Jocson
- for the intentions of Corrie.
- 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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