Friday, May 29, 2009
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
MEMORIAL, ST. JOAN OF ARC, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
ACTS 28:16-20, 30-31
When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the
soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the
leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, "My
brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our
ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from
Jerusalem. After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,
because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. But
when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though
I had no accusation to make against my own nation. This is the reason,
then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on
account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains." He remained
for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him,
and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the
Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one
who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said,
"Master, who is the one who will betray you?" When Peter saw him, he
said to Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus said to him, "What if I
want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You
follow me." So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple
would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just
"What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of
yours?" It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has
written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There are also
many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described
individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books
that would be written.
It would seem that after Jesus had spoken to Peter, they began to take
a stroll together and John started off to join them. Peter notices
John and perhaps recalling how different his own behavior was from
John's behavior at the time of Jesus' passion, he wonders, even while
still digesting what Jesus had just foretold regarding his own
destiny, what will be John's fate. Impulsive as ever, Peter
immediately voices his thought. Jesus answers Peter's question by
refusing an answer.
According to Jesus' reply, what matters is not what becomes of John
until Jesus comes again but that the will of Jesus be fulfilled in his
disciple. So it is with every follower of Jesus. The essential thing
is to do the will of Jesus. This, of course, means that it has to be
recognized that the concrete circumstances in which the will of Jesus
is done will be different for different people. Thus, as is often
pointed out, Peter is called to be a shepherd, John is called to be a
witness; but each is equally called to do the will of Jesus.
This, in John's Gospel, is Jesus' last word on what it means to be a
disciple of his. So often, Jesus speaks of himself as doing the will
of his Father and of speaking and acting only as his Father would have
him speak and act. Here, in his final word, Jesus stresses the fact
that discipleship is to be modeled on his Sonship of the Father.
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 good health and peace of the family of Richard V. Condor,
… for the physical and spiritual well-being of all prisoners and
… Wedding Anniversary: Engr. Celestino M. Condor and Rosa Maria V.
- Viennah B. Condor
- Raphael David B. Condor
- Richard Daniel B. Condor
- Vimla P. Condor
- Engr. Celestino M. Condor
… In memoriam: father of Noli Pasion
… 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: Andrew Gregory Son
- Birthday: Atty. Araceli R. Mendoza
- Birthday: Glenda Baretto
- Wedding Anniversary: Ted & Jessie Go
- Wedding Anniversary: Tom & Swasi Eberlein
- In Memoriam (+): Lourdes Q. Estrada
… 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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