Wednesday, April 29, 2009



APRIL 30, 2009

ACTS 8:26-40
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, "Get up and head south on the
road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route." So he
got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court
official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in
charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship,
and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the
prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that
chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and
said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can
I, unless someone instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and
sit with him. This was the Scripture passage he was reading: Like a
sheep he was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is
silent, so he opened not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was
denied him. Who will tell of his posterity? For his life is taken from
the earth. Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, "I beg you, about
whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone
else?" Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture
passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. As they traveled along the road
they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?" Then he ordered the chariot to
stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he
baptized him. When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
snatched Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but continued on
his way rejoicing. Philip came to Azotus, and went about proclaiming
the good news to all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

JOHN 6:44-51
Jesus said to the crowds: "No one can come to me unless the Father who
sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written
in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens
to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen
the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the
bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they
died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may
eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will
give is my Flesh for the life of the world."

We need to look deeper and find out exactly what Our Lord is telling
us today. Repeatedly in John's Gospel, He tells us that whoever
believes has life, but then He keeps qualifying what it means to
believe. It is not enough just to believe in Jesus. We have to believe
in everything that He tells us, and central to what He tells us is His
teaching about the Eucharist.

We have to understand that he is exercising his priesthood according
to the order of Melchizedek. We need to comprehend what that sacrifice
is; he is telling us very clearly that the sacrifice is himself. The
bread that he will give is his flesh for the life of the world. This
is the manna that has come down from heaven for people to eat so that
we will never die. That is what he is giving to us, and it is this
context that he says, "Anyone who believes has life."

"No one", he says, "knows the Father except the Son, and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal Him." If we recognize that Jesus is
present in the Blessed Sacrament, then we will have the Father
revealed to us. Without truly understanding this point, we have missed
it all. If we are going to have life, Jesus makes it very clear that
there is only one way — to believe in the fullness of Jesus Christ,
which is within us and is found in the Blessed Sacrament.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the

… for the healing and strength of:

- Sophia Gonzalez
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Mimi Chua
- Jebson Joyosa
- Rogelio Perez
- Jonathan Castro
- Remee R. Veloso
- Ana del Rosario
- Arnold Cabatingan
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
Birthday: Victor Ty Chua
Wedding Anniversary: Jose Jr. & Edna Lim
Wedding Anniversary: Amelia R. and Arturo M. Marin

… 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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