Monday, May 18, 2009



MAY 19, 2009

ACTS 16:22-34
The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the
magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and
instructed the jailer to guard them securely. When he received these
instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet
to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and
singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly
such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all
the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. When the
jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword
and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had
escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, "Do no harm to
yourself; we are all here." He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he
brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And
they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will
be saved." So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone
in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed
their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He
brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his
household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

JOHN 16:5-11
Jesus said to his disciples: "Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, `Where are you going?' But because I told
you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it
is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not
come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he
will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and
condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness,
because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned."

In the first reading, the Acts of the Apostles, we read about the
miraculous deliverance of Paul and Silas from prison. What is most
striking is the conversion of the jailer and his family, one of the
greatest miracles is that of faith. When a person is infused with the
divine knowledge and inspired to believe in God, it becomes truly awe-
inspiring because the gift of faith comes from above. The apostles
were the instruments through whom God converted a multitude of people.
The Church started to grow in the primitive church and has not stopped
growing ever since. We are part of God's kingdom.

Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God here on earth. It is said in the
Gospel, that the prince of this world has been over thrown. But his
followers continue to try to mislead men, bringing them to perdition.
We must, therefore, like Paul and Silas, be people full of courage and
faith, never ceasing to proclaim the Good News and overcome
challenges. If the Lord is with us, what should we fear?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia Fernando
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Shiappee
- Mylene Lingad
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… Birthday: Toni Vitan Mosera
… In Memoriam:
- Luy Wai and Lok Nee Chau
- Sebastian Luy
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gregorio A. Kaw
- Birthday: Remedios Lagunda
- Birthday: Sr. Pudenciana V. Miralo
… 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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