Tuesday, May 05, 2009



MAY 6, 2009

ACTS 12:24–13:5A
The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul
completed their relief mission, they returned to Jerusalem, taking
with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at
Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger,
Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch,
and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy
Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which
I have called them." Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they
laid hands on them and sent them off. So they, sent forth by the Holy
Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When
they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish

JOHN 12:44-50
Jesus cried out and said, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in
me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one
who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who
believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my
words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not
come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me
and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that
I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak
on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and
speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say,
I say as the Father told me."

What is it in the Word of God that people leave their belongings,
friends, loved ones and set out for far away lands just because they
are called by God on a mission? Today, the Holy Spirit still persists
in the Church where people involve, commit and volunteer their time,
money and talent in a ministry without asking for any compensation.
This is a contrast to the modern world, where every bottom line spells
income and profit and the "what is in it for me" mindset.

Jesus came to teach us the universal truth. As a result, his radical
criticism turns the world upside down. However, a more accurate way to
describe it would be to say that Jesus was turning the world "right
side up" as Fr. Albert Nolan puts it.

Through faith and a belief of what is true, we convict ourselves to
our passions. It rides on the trust that we give to the word of God.
Knowing what is true sets us free from our selfish inclinations and
allows us to pursue what is right.

When was the last time we evaluated how we live? Do we shift from
immature thoughts, which are self-centered and self-seeking, into
developing the mindset of Christ - thinking maturely and focusing on
others, not solely on ourselves?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Karen O.
… for the personal intentions of Margie R. Ponce de Leon
… for peace and reconciliation in the family and for personal
intentions of Karen O.
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 30th Wedding Anniversary: Keng Huan Jerry & Emma Yeung
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnson & Lucy Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Maria Bening Ng
… 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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