Wednesday, December 26, 2007
FEAST, ST. JOHN, APOSTLE, EVANGELIST
FEAST, ST. JOHN, APOSTLE, EVANGELIST
1 JOHN 1:1-4
Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have
seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands
concerns the Word of life- for the life was made visible; we have
seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that
was with the Father and was made visible to us- what we have seen and
heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with
us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus
Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.
JOHN 20:1A, 2-8
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon
Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They
have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put
him." So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and
arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths
there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went
into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had
covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a
separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had
arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
To really understand a person, you must first love that person. It is
love that allows us to enter another's heart and know him from within.
Love allows us to enter within the person we love, and knowing him
from within, we come to understand the person better.
John and Peter both saw the same meager evidence within the tomb,
Peter left confused. John saw and believed. The fourth Gospel calls
John, "the disciple that Jesus loved." John's love for Jesus allowed
him to enter into the depths of Jesus person. He knew Jesus, as his
love allowed him, from within. And so when John looked at the sparse
evidence in the empty tomb, he understood: Jesus was alive.
Consider our knowledge of someone whom we love deeply. Let us ask
ourselves, "did I know this person this well before I loved him?" How
deeply would we like to know Jesus? Do we want to know him from
within? Then we must do all possible to deepen our love for him.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Herminia Guiden
- Tito Reyes
... Birthday: Sophia Yzobelle Moraleda Alvarade
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francisco F. Sun
- Birthday: Lydia Cu
- Prayer Intention: Virgilio & Ma. Concepcion Calimon
- Thanksgiving:Thelma Barilea
- Wedding Anniversary: Butch & Rose Narciso
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Cynthia Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Joaquin Yap
... 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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