Monday, April 05, 2010



APRIL 6, 2010

ACTS 2:36-41
'For this reason the whole House of Israel can be certain that the
Lord and Christ whom God has made is this Jesus whom you crucified.'
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the
other apostles, 'What are we to do, brothers?' 'You must repent,'
Peter answered, 'and every one of you must be baptised in the name of
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and
your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom
the Lord our God is calling to himself.' He spoke to them for a long
time using many other arguments, and he urged them, 'Save yourselves
from this perverse generation.' They accepted what he said and were
baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their

JOHN 20:11-18
But Mary was standing outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, as she
wept, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting
where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the
feet. They said, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' 'They have taken my
Lord away,' she replied, 'and I don't know where they have put him.'
As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though
she did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why
are you weeping? Who are you looking for?' Supposing him to be the
gardener, she said, 'Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where
you have put him, and I will go and remove him.' Jesus said, 'Mary!'
She turned round then and said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabbuni!' -- which
means Master. Jesus said to her, 'Do not cling to me, because I have
not yet ascended to the Father. But go to the brothers, and tell them:
I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'
So Mary of Magdala told the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord,' and
that he had said these things to her.

St. Peter, in his exhortation to the Jewish people on Pentecost, said
to the people, "Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that
God has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom you crucified."

The beautiful thing is that even though Jesus is both Lord and
Messiah, we have to understand that He has not done the work of the
Messiah until He is crucified and risen from the dead. He was indeed
the Messiah, as He stood there day after day preaching in the temple
and in the area of Judea and Galilee.

Yet because He had not done the work, none of the people who heard his
preaching were able yet to be saved. No one was saved by the preaching
of the Lord. None of the disciples were. They did not even understand
it. But when the Holy Spirit descended upon them, then suddenly
everything that he had said to them made sense. And what made sense
more than anything else was that Jesus had to go to Jerusalem to
suffer, to die, and then rise again on the third day. Had He not done
that, none of us could be saved.

These people, on the other hand, who heard Peter, heard his preaching
and they believed. They believed what he had said and therefore they
were baptized.

We need to ask the same question as these people when they heard Peter
speak: "What are we to do?" We have already been baptized. So that is
not the problem. But it is the other part: simply to believe that God
has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom we crucified.

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
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
… for the personal intentions of
- B. Garber
- Josheil Dapo
… 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
- Kathryn O. Lim
- Marizza F. Anonas
- Edison Coseteng
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: Esther Ng
- Birthday: Lizanne Castillo
- Birthday: Timothy Mark Uy Muñoz
- Wedding Anniversary: Gilbert & Donna Son
- In Memoriam (+): Margarita See Giok Khim
… 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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