Sunday, April 04, 2010



APRIL 4, 2010

ACTS 10:34, 37-43
Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really understand', he said, 'that
God has no favorites, You know what happened all over Judaea, how
Jesus of Nazareth began in Galilee, after John had been preaching
baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and
because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all
who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now we are witnesses to
everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in
Jerusalem itself: and they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet on
the third day God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not
by the whole people but only by certain witnesses that God had chosen
beforehand. Now we are those witnesses -- we have eaten and drunk with
him after his resurrection from the dead- and he has ordered us to
proclaim this to his people and to bear witness that God has appointed
him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the
prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have
their sins forgiven through his name.'

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the
things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand.
Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on
the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden
with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed -- and he is your life-
you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.

JOHN 20:1-9
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been
moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other
disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 'They have taken the Lord out of
the tomb,' she said, 'and we don't know where they have put him.' So
Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran
together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached
the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the
ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter, following him, also came up,
went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground and also
the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen
cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who
had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till
this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must
rise from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus was surely a big surprise for his friends.
What was a further surprise was that a woman in the person of Mary
Magdalene was one of the first to know and in fact, in the account of
John, was the one responsible in informing Peter and the other
disciple of the peculiar happenings in the tomb of Jesus.

It has to be remembered that Jewish society is essentially
patriarchal. In this regard, a testimony of a woman in Jesus' time was
not readily accepted. This is seen by the response of Peter and the
other disciple who had to see for themselves whether the testimony
given by Mary was indeed true.

Yet, the message that Jesus is trying to get across is the underlying
truth that his mission is for everyone. After all, in his life, he
tried as much as possible not to make himself exclusive as evidenced
in the many times that he seemed to be breaking rules and traditions
which were seen to be an affront. Rather, the more important message
is the salvation that he was offering freely to anyone ready to
accept. And so, it is not surprising that he seemed to have made some
preferential option to those who were considered outcasts in society.
He healed the lepers. He had table fellowships with the sinners
especially tax collectors who were so despised in Jewish society for
their gross abuses of power that led them to become wealthy.

In this Resurrection scene, importance then is somehow given to the
testimony of a woman who has been a disciple since she experienced
conversion from Jesus.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Julia, Gabriela Garber, Maria Boroyelt, Sr. Kim Marie Jordan, John
Lorden, Gilda Couto, Shirley Mathieu, Austin Lacy, Laura, Natalie Tun,
Ron McLaughin, Mrs. Moore, Lynn, Bill McAndrew
… for the personal intentions of B. Garber
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Gaudencio Ogatis
- Don Danielle, Calvin Garnier, Sr. Jennifer Dipple, Sr. Geraldine,
Carla Clarke, Ron Banks, Debbie Brady, Annie Paulose, Sr. Judy Rinek,
Zuma Hendricks
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: Josie O. Gagui
- Birthday: Meagan Elizabeth Y. Co Say
- Birthday: Anthony Kaw Boon
- Thanksgiving: Castillo Family
- Thanksgiving: Gloria de Vera
- Thanksgiving: Ampy Soriano
- In Memoriam (+): Jorge S. Ochoa,Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Robert Ng Beng Sin
- In Memoriam (+): Carlos S. Chongson (July 8, 1925- Apr 4, 1999)+
… 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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