Tuesday, April 06, 2010



APRIL 7, 2010

ACTS 3:1-10
Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers
at the ninth hour, it happened that there was a man being carried
along. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down
every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that
he could beg from the people going in. When this man saw Peter and
John on their way into the Temple he begged from them. Peter, and John
too, looked straight at him and said, 'Look at us.' He turned to them
expectantly, hoping to get something from them, but Peter said, 'I
have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the
name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!' Then he took him by the
right hand and helped him to stand up. Instantly his feet and ankles
became firm, he jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and he went with
them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone
could see him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the
man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They
were all astonished and perplexed at what had happened to him.

LUKE 24:13-35
Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village
called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking
together about all that had happened. And it happened that as they
were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and
walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognizing
him. He said to them, 'What are all these things that you are
discussing as you walk along?' They stopped, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, 'You must be the only
person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have
been happening there these last few days.' He asked, 'What things?'
They answered, 'All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a
prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people;
and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be
sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that
he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole
days have now gone by since it all happened; and some women from our
group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning,
and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they
had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our
friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had
reported, but of him they saw nothing.' Then he said to them, 'You
foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said! Was
it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into
his glory?' Then, starting with Moses and going through all the
prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures
that were about himself. When they drew near to the village to which
they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay
with them saying, 'It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.'
So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table,
he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed
it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; but he
had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, 'Did not
our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained
the scriptures to us?' They set out that instant and returned to
Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their
companions, who said to them, 'The Lord has indeed risen and has
appeared to Simon.' Then they told their story of what had happened on
the road and how they had recognized him at the breaking of bread.

It is clear from the text that the hope of the two disciples were
shattered as they made their way to Emmaus. Sometimes like them, we
can feel so lost ourselves too. We can be emotionally disconnected
that our hearts fail to see and recognize God in our midst just as the
two disciples failed to recognize Jesus who was travelling with them.

Ah, but the Lord is near to the brokenhearted. He makes his way to
them. He speaks to those who hurt and is present to those who long for
him. We should be comforted in the truth that no matter where we find
ourselves, the Lord will always reach out. He is always there for us.

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
- Julie B. Manzon
- Christian G. Santos
… for the personal intentions of
- B. Garber
- Josheil Dapo
- Julie Barayoga Manzon and Glenn Manzon
- Glenn Dale Manzon, John Dale Manzon and Pat Manzon
… for comfort and strength: Gerry and Gemma Santos
… In Thanksgiving: Manzon family, Barayoga family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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
- Lourdes Vergara Barayoga, Domingo Barayoga Jr., Charlie Castro
- Asilda Guanzon
- 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: Epifanio de los Angeles
- Birthday: Ramon Marin
- Birthday: Andrea Dominique Yu
… 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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