Friday, May 08, 2009



MAY 9, 2009

ACTS 13:44-52
On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the
word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with
jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul
and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the
word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and
condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the
Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, I have made you a light to
the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends
of the earth." The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and
glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life
came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through
the whole region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence
who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a
persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their
territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against
them and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the
Holy Spirit.

JOHN 14:7-14
Jesus said to his disciples: "If you know me, then you will also know
my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said
to Jesus, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for
us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and
you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the
Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that
I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to
you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his
works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or
else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to
you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do
greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And
whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do

The importance of the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Jesus
cannot be underestimated. In today's Gospel, John draws out further
the intimacy of the relationship between Jesus and his Father. The
intimacy that Jesus implies in his word is the same intimacy that we
are called to share in by virtue of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the direct and immediate revelation of the Father's love to
the world. It is no longer being mediated by a mere human being
whether a judge king, prophet or holy person. This is the Son of God
himself now sent to reveal the Father to the world. Because it is the
Son revealing the Father we can be left with no doubt as to the truth
of his revelation. And what a revelation it is.

How seriously do we take these words of Jesus? Have we ever considered
what it means to be able to see and know the Father in a similar way
to Jesus? We take so much for granted that we miss the essence of what
it means to be a Christian. We forget that we are now sons and
daughters of the Father with Jesus the Son as our brother.

Are we living in the fullness of our heritage as sons and daughters of
God? Do we have victory over sin in our life like all the children of
God should have? If not, then we need to find the causes and root them
out. Let us ask Jesus today to help us to realize the extent of this
gif t and to live in its fullness all the days of our life.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Karen O.
- Francis Torres
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Francis Torres
- Aileen Olona
- Ester Marcelo
… for peace and reconciliation in the family and for personal
intentions of Karen O.
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the personal intentions of
- Mila Baui
- Angeli Sison
… for the speedy recovery of:
- Coach Boy Afable
- Pres. Cory Aquino
… In Thanksgiving : Dennis V. Domingo
… Birthday: Sonny de Silva
… Wedding Anniversary: Roy and Ging Calleja
… for the strength, wisdom, discernment, inner peace, understanding of
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Donna de Santos
- Birthday: Regino P. Ilano
- Birthday: Arvin Leif V. Trovela
- Wedding Anniversary: Richard & Marivic Agbayani
… 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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