Monday, May 04, 2009
TUESDAY 4TH WEEK OF EASTER
TUESDAY 4TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of
Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the
word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among
them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as
well, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them
and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about
them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent
Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in
firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit
and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord. Then he
went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought
him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a
large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were
first called Christians.
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was
winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of
Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long
are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us
plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do not believe. The
works I do in my Father's name testify to me. But you do not believe,
because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know
them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall
never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has
given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of
the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."
In the first reading, we read about the foundation of the Church of
Antioch (which is now in present-day Syria). The Good News was
preached by Barnabas and Saul, and people came to believe in their
preaching. We need to constantly listen to those who talk about Jesus.
There is nothing more important than to listen to the Word of God.
In the Gospel, Jesus promises to protect his flock – those who listen
to his words and put them into practice. No one can harm God's people
since they have overcome the devil and all his allurements. The world
is a battleground between the forces of good and the forces of evil.
We are called to cling to glorious cross of the Risen Christ. In him
we can conquer our sins and defeat the at tacks of the evil one. We
must use the armor of the virtues of faith, hope and love. Jesus
protects us so we need not be afraid. Even when we are threatened with
harm, he will give us the strength and the endurance to overcome it.
He will deliver us from harm.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Mylene Lingad
- Arnold Cabatingan
… for the personal intentions of Margie R. Ponce de Leon
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rosita Ching
- Birthday: Pilarica Ejercito
- Thanksgiving: Marlon, Noemi, Kenj, Kelsi
- In Memoriam (+): Eleuteria Chua Suan Chio Ng (May 26,1924-May 5,
… 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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