Thursday, May 28, 2009
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea on a visit to Festus.
Since they spent several days there, Festus referred Paul's case to
the king, saying, "There is a man here left in custody by Felix. When
I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
brought charges against him and demanded his condemnation. I answered
them that it was not Roman practice to hand over an accused person
before he has faced his accusers and had the opportunity to defend
himself against their charge. So when they came together here, I made
no delay; the next day I took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the
man to be brought in. His accusers stood around him, but did not
charge him with any of the crimes I suspected. Instead they had some
issues with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus who
had died but who Paul claimed was alive. Since I was at a loss how to
investigate this controversy, I asked if he were willing to go to
Jerusalem and there stand trial on these charges. And when Paul
appealed that he be held in custody for the Emperor's decision, I
ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar."
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast
with them, he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me
more than these?" Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that
I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to Simon
Peter a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Simon Peter
answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him,
"Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John,
do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third
time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know
everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my
sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to
dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you
will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead
you where you do not want to go." He said this signifying by what kind
of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to
him, "Follow me."
Have we ever been in an awkward situation where we couldn't prove a
point we believe is real or right? Perhaps it can be some experience
we would like to share with our friends so that can to learn from it,
or some theory we failed to explain in class. But we know we are
right, even if we realize that we'll lose our credibility to others.
Peter seems to find himself in a similar situation. After turning his
back on Jesus, he finds himself being given another chance. Perhaps
there may be doubts regarding his loyalty and faithfulness. But Jesus
believes in Peter and he asks him to continue this important mission.
Jesus entrusts Peter with his church, with looking after his flock in
spite of his past failings and transgressions.
Jesus is always willing to give us a second chance. Let us look into
our hearts and feel how his love is shown in our lives. Feel each
morning as he makes the sun rise for us and each rainbow he shows us
after the rain. Hold on to it. Fight for it. Stay with Jesus and
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and speedy recovery of:
- Lucy Chin
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the special intentions:
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- DLSUMC and Magcamits
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Fernando Sotelo
- Eligia Fernando
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: Arch. Thomas Diokno
- Birthday: Alessandra Justin Ampil
- Birthday: Paula Katrina A. Vidallo
- Wedding Anniversary: Allen & Juliet Gotamco Dy
- Wedding Anniversary: Ramon & Angela de la Cruz
… 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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