Monday, March 29, 2010



MARCH 30, 2010

ISAIAH 49:1-6
Coasts and islands, listen to me, pay attention, distant peoples.
Yahweh called me when I was in the womb, before my birth he had
pronounced my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, he hid me in
the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow and
concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, 'Israel, you are my
servant, through whom I shall manifest my glory.' But I said, 'My toil
has been futile, I have exhausted myself for nothing, to no purpose.'
Yet all the while my cause was with Yahweh and my reward with my God.
And now Yahweh has spoken, who formed me in the womb to be his
servant, to bring Jacob back to him and to re-unite Israel to him;-I
shall be honoured in Yahweh's eyes, and my God has been my strength.
He said, 'It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the
tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make
you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest
parts of earth.'

JOHN 13:21-33, 36-38
Having said this, Jesus was deeply disturbed and declared, 'In all
truth I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.' The disciples
looked at each other, wondering whom he meant. The disciple Jesus
loved was reclining next to Jesus; Simon Peter signed to him and said,
'Ask who it is he means,' so leaning back close to Jesus' chest he
said, 'Who is it, Lord?' Jesus answered, 'It is the one to whom I give
the piece of bread that I dip in the dish.' And when he had dipped the
piece of bread he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. At that
instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus
then said, 'What you are going to do, do quickly.' None of the others
at table understood why he said this. Since Judas had charge of the
common fund, some of them thought Jesus was telling him, 'Buy what we
need for the festival,' or telling him to give something to the poor.
As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out. It was
night. When he had gone, Jesus said: Now has the Son of man been
glorified, and in him God has been glorified. If God has been
glorified in him, God will in turn glorify him in himself, and will
glorify him very soon. Little children, I shall be with you only a
little longer. You will look for me, and, as I told the Jews, where I
am going, you cannot come. Simon Peter said, 'Lord, where are you
going?' Jesus replied, 'Now you cannot follow me where I am going, but
later you shall follow me.' Peter said to him, 'Why can I not follow
you now? I will lay down my life for you.' 'Lay down your life for
me?' answered Jesus. 'In all truth I tell you, before the cock crows
you will have disowned me three times.'

At the Last Supper, as Jesus speaks of being betrayed, it is precisely
in that betrayal that He says, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and
God is glorified in Him." The apostles did not understand this. How is
it possible that God is glorified when something so evil is about to
befall Jesus?

It is only in the Crucifixion of Jesus that we are able to understand
this. Saint Paul tells us, "The Cross of Christ is a stumbling block
to the Jews and it is an absurdity to the Greeks; but for those who
believe, it is the power of God." And so we are the ones who are able
to recognize the power of God shining through the Cross of Christ.

This has to color everything that happens in our own lives. The
challenge before us is to recognize the glory of God shining through
human weakness. As with Jesus, it is when we are betrayed, when we are
rejected, when it appears that we have toiled uselessly and for
nothing spent our strength, that God is glorified and we are glorified
in him.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mr. Yong
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
.. Birthday:
- Leticia Benitez
- Daffodil Anne Barliso
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Zoneth Pabalan
- Gaudencio Ogatis
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: Bea Atienza
- Birthday: Vima M. Mendoza
- Birthday: Victoria Faicol
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Pura R. Borja Gonzales
… 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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