Monday, April 12, 2010
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one
claimed private ownership of any possessions, as everything they owned
was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all
accorded great respect. None of their members was ever in want, as all
those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money
from the sale of them, to present it to the apostles; it was then
distributed to any who might be in need. There was a Levite of Cypriot
origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means
'son of encouragement'). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and
brought the money and presented it to the apostles.
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 Spirit. 'How is that possible?' asked Nicodemus. Jesus
replied, 'You are the Teacher of Israel, and you do not know these
things! 'In all truth I tell you, we speak only about what we know and
witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our
evidence. If you do not believe me when I speak to you about earthly
things, how will you believe me when I speak to you about heavenly
things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from
heaven, the Son of man; as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so
must the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may
have eternal life in him.
In today's first reading, we hear the words: "The community of
believers was of one heart and one mind." If we look at what is going
on in the Church today, it is anything but one heart and one mind.
There is so much infighting, there is so much disobedience. There is
so much of everyone wanting to do whatever they want to do and
thinking that they can make the rules or that they do not have to obey
what is already there.
Now if that is the case, we have to ask ourselves why. It is
ultimately because what is happening is that we are looking at things
merely on the natural level. So, if all we are doing is looking at the
things of earth, then we spend hours doing things that are not good
for our souls, like watching bad shows on TV, surfing the Internet for
filth, doing things that are just simply not good for us. What is
happening is that we are not listening to the Holy Spirit. He has been
poured forth, as Jesus says, and He blows where He wills. He has been
given to each one of us. And the reason, Jesus tells us, that He was
given to us is to lead us into all truth. It is to make us holy. But
the question, of course, is how much do we want it?
Jesus has been raised up above the earth, and that means in His
Crucifixion, it means in His Resurrection, and it means in His
Ascension. But if that is the case, that means we need to be looking
at what is above the earth, not what is of earth, or even worse what
is from below. We need to make sure our focus is correct because it is
only by looking at Jesus Christ raised up above the earth that we will
have eternal life.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Belle Abapo
.. Birthday: Hart Janssen Ang
.. Birthday: Justin Pierre San Luis
.. Birthday: Ma. Celedonia Franco
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Gaudencio Ogatis
- Aimee Chua Ching
- William Guanzon
- Reynaldo "Palito" Hipolito
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: Jigger M. Caneo
- Birthday: Erlinda C Usabal
- Birthday: JY Bautista
… 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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