Sunday, April 26, 2009
MONDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER
MEMORIAL, ST PETER CANISIUS, PRIEST, DOCTOR
MONDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and
signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of
Freedmen, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and
Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not
withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. Then they
instigated some men to say, "We have heard him speaking blasphemous
words against Moses and God." They stirred up the people, the elders,
and the scribes, accosted him, seized him, and brought him before the
Sanhedrin. They presented false witnesses who testified, "This man
never stops saying things against this holy place and the law. For we
have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this
place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us." All those
who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face
was like the face of an angel.
[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him
walking on the sea.] The next day, the crowd that remained across the
sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had
not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples
had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had
eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that
neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into
boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him
across the sea they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?" Jesus
answered them and said, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for
me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were
filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that
endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on
him the Father, God, has set his seal." So they said to him, "What can
we do to accomplish the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to
them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent."
Jesus did not stay with the crowds, but rather, he crossed over to
Capernaum. The crowds, still full with the bread of the miracle of the
loaves, had to figure out where Jesus went, get in their boats, and
find him. When Jesus seems to have moved away from us, we need to get
into our boat and row to look for him, to seek him in prayer, to be
renewed in his sacraments. Jesus wants us to follow him actively, not
passively sitting on the shore with our boat in dry-dock. We need to
set out into the waters of prayer and quiet reflection. It is there
that we will find Jesus.
Today, let us look into our own hearts and minds to see if we are
searching for things that will last temporarily, or for those things
that will give us everlasting life. Do we recognize what Jesus has to
offer us? Do our actions give witness to our belief in Jesus and his
teachings? If we truly believe in Jesus, we will strive to follow his
ways. We will love one another and seek only the best for our brothers
and sisters and for our world.
Let us ask Jesus today to show us what we must do to follow him, to
make his path clear to us and to give us the strength to follow it.
When faced with any challenges, difficulty, or frustration, let us
exercise our faith in God and seek to do His will.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Jose Lara
- Christy Chin
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Florencia W. Acuña
- Mylene Lingad
- Eligia Fernando
- Marlyn Tadeo
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano Montemayor
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
Birthday: Carlos O. Lao Jr.
Wedding Anniversary: Benedict G. Tan
In Memoriam (+): Dionisio Po Sr.
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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