Monday, May 25, 2009



MAY 26, 2009

ACTS 20:17-27
From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus
summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, "You know how I
lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the
province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the
tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and
I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or
from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness
for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our
Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.
What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city
after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment
and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if
only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the
Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God's grace. "But now I
know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels
will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day
that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not
shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God."

JOHN 17:1-11A
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you
gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal
life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should
know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to
do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with
you before the world began. "I revealed your name to those whom you
gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to
me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you
gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to
them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from
you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do
not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because
they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of
yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no
longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming
to you."

In the first reading, Paul gives a farewell address to the elders of
Ephesus. He is going to Rome and tells the elders that he had done
what he could to proclaim Jesus to them. Can we also say the same?
Have we have done all that we can for the Lord? Being Christian is not
only a privilege, but also one of service. We are called to be
messengers of God's love not only in our homes or offices but
everywhere we go. The love of Christ urges us to continue doing God's

In the Gospel, Jesus also makes a farewell discourse. He asks the
Father to glorify him and to bless his disciples. He wants to go to
the Father and asks Him to protect the flock that he has gathered
together. Jesus always prays for us, he is always concerned for us and
others. We should also be always concerned for others, be people for
others. Life is short; if we can do something good for our fellowman,
then we must do it. We need to help build the Church because the
harvest is great. And when our lives comes to an end, we can truly
say, "I have finished the race, I have done my duty, now let me go to
the Father."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Ester Marcelo
- George Jimenez
- Eligia Fernando
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the emotional healing and strength of Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Juanita M. Bueno. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday:Conchita Ong
- Birthday: Marie Afable
- Birthday: Cristela L. Paredes
- Birthday: Frances F. Tee
- Wedding Anniversary: Ramon & Virginia Lapid
- In Memoriam (+): Diana P. Casuela
- … 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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