Friday, April 23, 2010
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER YEAR II
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in
peace, building themselves up and living in the fear of the Lord;
encouraged by the Holy Spirit, they continued to grow. It happened
that Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to
God's holy people living down in Lydda. There he found a man called
Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said
to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and make your bed.'
Aeneas got up immediately; everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw
him, and they were converted to the Lord. At Jaffa there was a
disciple called Tabitha, or in Greek, Dorcas, who never tired of doing
good or giving to those in need. But it happened that at this time she
became ill and died, and they washed her and laid her out in an upper
room. Lydda is not far from Jaffa, so when the disciples heard that
Peter was there, they sent two men to urge him, 'Come to us without
delay.' Peter went back with them immediately, and on his arrival they
took him to the upper room, where all the widows stood round him in
tears, showing him tunics and other clothes Dorcas had made when she
was with them. Peter sent everyone out of the room and knelt down and
prayed. Then he turned to the dead woman and said, 'Tabitha, stand
up.' She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter helped her
to her feet, then he called in the members of the congregation and
widows and showed them she was alive. The whole of Jaffa heard about
it and many believed in the Lord.
After hearing it, many of his followers said, 'This is intolerable
language. How could anyone accept it?' Jesus was aware that his
followers were complaining about it and said, 'Does this disturb you?
What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before?
'It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The
words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 'But there
are some of you who do not believe.' For Jesus knew from the outset
who did not believe and who was to betray him. He went on, 'This is
why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the
Father.' After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied
him no more. Then Jesus said to the Twelve, 'What about you, do you
want to go away too?' Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, to whom shall we
go? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we have come
to know that you are the Holy One of God.'
When Jesus asked his companions whether they wanted to leave him,
Peter answered, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of
How marvelous were Peter's works at Lydda and Joppa that sprang from
his deep faith. If we could only have such a faith — a complete trust
in the will of God — then we may move mountains. To think that all we
have to do is say "I BELIEVE." If, from deep in our hearts, we can say
that there is a loving, merciful God, creator of heaven and earth, and
that his only son Jesus Christ, died to redeem our sins – we might
begin to do the work of Peter.
How we envy the time when Jesus was still on earth as a man, preaching
and performing miracles. Just a touch, a look, a word and all is cured
and granted. Peter must have sorely missed the Lord's presence. But do
we need to envy Peter's great privileges? For Jesus comes to us,
individually, personally each time we approach the altar to receive
Holy Communion. We can have one-on-one talks with him while he is in
our heart. What more can we ask?
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
- Ely Lara
- Elena Reynosa
- Audrey Jehzrei Medel
- Carmelito and Nenita Edrolin
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano M.
- Titong V.
- Karl Steven Po
- Allen Ramirez
… 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: Divine Lopez
- Birthday: Bella Madrid
- Birthday: Roberto M. Cordon II
- Birthday: Lilian van der Engh
- Birthday: Evelyn Co Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Thomas O'Gorman, Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Luisa V. Bulaong
… 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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