Tuesday, May 26, 2009
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
MEMORIAL, AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, BISHOP
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
"Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy
Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of
God that he acquired with his own Blood. I know that after my
departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare
the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting
the truth to draw the disciples away after them. So be vigilant and
remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished
each of you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to that
gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the
inheritance among all who are consecrated. I have never wanted
anyone's silver or gold or clothing. You know well that these very
hands have served my needs and my companions. In every way I have
shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and
keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, `It is more
blessed to give than to receive.'" When he had finished speaking he
knelt down and prayed with them all. They were all weeping loudly as
they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply
distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again.
Then they escorted him to the ship.
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: "Holy Father,
keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one
just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name
that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except
the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be
fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so
that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the
world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more
than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the
world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to
the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the
truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent
them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they
also may be consecrated in truth."
Do we know what our mission in life is? Jesus' mission was to glorify
his heavenly Father through obedience to His will. In the Gospel, we
see Jesus who has finished his mission on earth and about to return to
his Father in heaven.
Jesus' strength comes from the Father. We who aspire to become
disciples of Jesus must pray for strength from the Holy Spirit. As his
disciples, we are consecrated in God's truth and holiness. To
"consecrate" means "to be made holy or to set apart for God". It also
means to be equipped with the qualities of mind, heart and character
for a task or service. Just as Jesus was called by the Father to serve
in holiness and truth, so we too, are called and equipped for the task
of serving God in the world as his representatives. God's truth frees
us from ignorance and the deception of sin. It also reveals to us
God's goodness, love, and wisdom. Is our life consecrated to God?
May the Lord, take our lives and make it wholly pleasing to him. May
He sanctify us in His truth and may the Holy Spirit guide us that we
may follow Him faithfully wherever He may lead us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- 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
… Birthday: Carlo Fuerte
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Juanita M. Bueno
- Fernando Sotelo
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lorenzo Jamora
- Birthday: Lydia P. Encarnacion
- Birthday: Eric Lee
- Wedding Anniversary: Lucia & Hilarion Uy
- Wedding Anniversary: Larry and Lucing
- Wedding Anniversary: Alois & Carisse Mueller
- In Memoriam (+): Yu Yu Cheng Ho
- In Memoriam (+): Nicasio F. Marin
… 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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