Wednesday, April 21, 2010
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER YEAR II
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, 'Set out at noon and go
along the road that leads from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert
road.' So he set off on his journey. Now an Ethiopian had been on
pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court
of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia; he was her chief treasurer. He
was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading
the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, 'Go up and join that
chariot.' When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet
and asked, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' He replied, 'How
could I, unless I have someone to guide me?' So he urged Philip to get
in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading
was this: Like a lamb led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep dumb in
front of its shearers, he never opens his mouth. In his humiliation
fair judgment was denied him. Who will ever talk about his
descendants, since his life on earth has been cut short? The eunuch
addressed Philip and said, 'Tell me, is the prophet referring to
himself or someone else?' Starting, therefore, with this text of
scripture Philip proceeded to explain the good news of Jesus to him.
Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said,
'Look, is some water; is there anything to prevent my being baptised?'
He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went
down into the water and he baptised him. But after they had come up
out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the
Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way
rejoicing. Philip appeared in Azotus and continued his journey,
proclaiming the good news in every town as far as Caesarea.
'No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me, and I
will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the
prophets: They will all be taught by God; everyone who has listened to
the Father, and learnt from him, comes to me. Not that anybody has
seen the Father, except him who has his being from God: he has seen
the Father. In all truth I tell you, everyone who believes has eternal
life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate manna in the desert and
they are dead; but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so
that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has
come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the
Jesus invites us to par take of himself. Everything we do in our lives
should be centered on Christ. His teachings, His example should be
imbibed in our everyday reality. That's why Jesus expresses to those
present then, and to us living now, and also to those who are yet to
come, that He is the source for what we really need.
The ancestors of the Jews on their Exodus roamed the desert and
subsisted on manna, the bread from heaven. They eventually expired,
but the real Bread that Christ wants to give is really his own Body in
the Eucharist which leads to everlasting life. As we go to him each
time we hear Mass, he will physically enter our system through the
consecrated host. Hopefully, what we have gathered from the readings
and the Gospel will also feed our minds to pursue heavenly things.
When Jesus becomes such an integral part of how we deal with people
and what we decide to accomplish for the day, the promise of living in
His kingdom begins at that very moment. Where Christ's love triumphs,
that brings about the hope and joy of a world like no other. And this
can only be made possible, when we are truly grateful to partake of
this real bread of life and cup of salvation.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the healing and strength:
- Lydia Pe
- Abraham A.
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil D.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Virgilio See
- Milagros Maliwat Pasion
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: Fr. Rufino Sescon Jr.
- Birthday: Manuel Gokim Tagle
- Birthday: Geraldine Khutanco
- Birthday: Gloria C. 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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