Friday, June 02, 2006
Saturday 7th Week of Easter
June 3, 2006
Memorial, St. Charles Lwanga & companions, martyrs
Saturday 7th Week of Easter - Yr II
ACTS 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the
soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the
leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, "My
brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our
ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from
Jerusalem. After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. But
when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though
I had no accusation to make against my own nation. This is the reason,
then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on
account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains." He remained
for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him,
and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the
Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one
who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said,
"Master, who is the one who will betray you?" When Peter saw him, he
said to Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus said to him, "What if I
want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You
follow me." So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple
would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just
"What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of
yours?" It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has
written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also
many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described
individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.
Just before the beginning of today's Gospel, Jesus says to Peter,
"Follow me." Peter starts walking behind Jesus. His mind should be
focused on "follow me," on discipleship, but it's wandering. Jesus had
just confirmed Peter's appointment as chief shepherd of his flock and
had hinted Peter would die a martyr. So as he's walking behind Jesus,
Peter looks back at John and asks Jesus, "What about John? What's going
to happen to him?" Jesus is a bit short-tempered with Peter, "That's
none of your business, Peter, your business is to follow me."
Peter has fallen into a very common human failing: not looking at
oneself to find worth and value, but looking to another person as a
point of comparison against which to measure one's own worth.
It didn't matter that Peter and John were to die different types of
death. That one was to die a violent death and the other was to live a
long life and come to his end in peace, did not make the two apostles
rivals in honor or prestige nor did it make the one greater or less
than the other. If each of them followed the path Jesus assigned to
him, both would be his servants, his disciples.
This is the source of our glory: not being greater than other men or
women, but being in the service of the Lord in whatever capacity he has
allotted to each of us.
Let's ask ourselves today: Do we find our glory in the service of
Christ, or do we insist that our worth can be determined only by how we
measure up against the success of others in Christ's service?
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 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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