Sunday, April 11, 2010



APRIL 12, 2010

ACTS 4:23-31
As soon as they were released they went to the community and told them
everything the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they
heard it they lifted up their voice to God with one heart. 'Master,'
they prayed, 'it is you who made sky and earth and sea, and everything
in them; it is you who said through the Holy Spirit and speaking
through our ancestor David, your servant: Why this uproar among the
nations, this impotent muttering of the peoples? Kings on earth take
up position, princes plot together against the Lord and his Anointed.
'This is what has come true: in this very city Herod and Pontius
Pilate plotted together with the gentile nations and the peoples of
Israel, against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, to bring
about the very thing that you in your strength and your wisdom had
predetermined should happen. And now, Lord, take note of their threats
and help your servants to proclaim your message with all fearlessness,
by stretching out your hand to heal and to work miracles and marvels
through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' As they prayed, the
house where they were assembled rocked. From this time they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim the word of God

JOHN 3:1-8
There was one of the Pharisees called Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews,
who came to Jesus by night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you have
come from God as a teacher; for no one could perform the signs that
you do unless God were with him.' Jesus answered: In all truth I tell
you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.
Nicodemus said, 'How can anyone who is already old be born? Is it
possible to go back into the womb again and be born?' Jesus replied:
In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without
being born through water and the Spirit; what is born of human nature
is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised
when I say: You must be born from above. The wind blows where it
pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes
from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the

The gospel speaks about baptism. Do we understand what our baptism is?
We received baptism when we were infants and since then have matured
but still we are unaware of its depth and richness. Jesus told
Nicodemus that there is a need to be born again because flesh cannot
inherit the kingdom of God, only the man of the spirit can. Flesh
means human frailty.

On our own we cannot know divine realities, because we live according
to our reason and inclination. Through Christ's merit we have access
to a new life. Because he took upon himself our flesh and in it passed
judgment against sin. In our flesh he became victorious. Baptism
realizes this in us. Scripture already foretold of baptism like the
passage of Israel through the Red Sea that delivered them from
servitude, likewise Noah's crossing over the flood. The flesh an
instrument of sin is killed in the waters of baptism and at the same
time we become people of the spirit, sharer of the life of God.
Baptism strips the man of flesh and it clothes us with the Spirit.
Making it possible for us to live the life of Christ, we become the
temple of the Spirit, an adopted child of the Father, co-heir and
sibling of Christ. Our actions should reflect this reality living in

If God is our Father then we should act and think like Him. There is
an image mentioned by Christ in the gospel that is the Wind. It comes
and goes totally abandoned to the will of the Father. Are we like this

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Belle Abapo
… for comfort and strength: Manuel C.
.. Birthday: Lilibeth Intia
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Gaudencio Ogatis
- Aimee Chua Ching
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: Arlene P. Francisco
- Birthday: Mauro Andreas Datu III
- Birthday: Benedicto de Jesus
- Birthday: Annabel Braganza
- Birthday: Raul B. de Mesa
- Birthday: Kaye B. Esquillo
- Birthday: Ana Melissa Yao Bate
- Birthday: Joseph Comon
- Wedding Anniversary: Jose Sr. & Lilia Lim
- In Memoriam (+): Pablo A. Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Msgr. Paul Lu, P.I.M.E.
… for world peace and reconciliation.
… 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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