Monday, May 17, 2010



MAY 18, 2010

ACTS 20:17-27
From Miletus he sent for the elders of the church of Ephesus. When
they arrived he addressed these words to them: 'You know what my way
of life has been ever since the first day I set foot among you in
Asia, how I have served the Lord in all humility, with all the sorrows
and trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews. I have not
hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you; I have preached
to you and instructed you both in public and in your homes, urging
both Jews and Greeks to turn to God and to believe in our Lord Jesus.
'And now you see me on my way to Jerusalem in captivity to the Spirit;
I have no idea what will happen to me there, except that the Holy
Spirit, in town after town, has made it clear to me that imprisonment
and persecution await me. But I do not place any value on my own life,
provided that I complete the mission the Lord Jesus gave me -- to bear
witness to the good news of God's grace. 'I now feel sure that none of
you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will ever see
my face again. And so on this very day I swear that my conscience is
clear as far as all of you are concerned, for I have without faltering
put before you the whole of God's purpose.

JOHN 17:1-11
After saying this, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father,
the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you;
so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity, he may
give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him. And eternal
life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom
you have sent. I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work
that you gave me to do. Now, Father, glorify me with that glory I had
with you before ever the world existed. I have revealed your name to
those whom you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you
gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now at last they have
recognised that all you have given me comes from you for I have given
them the teaching you gave to me, and they have indeed accepted it and
know for certain that I came from you, and have believed that it was
you who sent me. It is for them that I pray. I am not praying for the
world but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All
I have is yours and all you have is mine, and in them I am glorified.
I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am
coming to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your
name, so that they may be one like us.

In both scripture readings today, there is a pattern of life that is
clearly laid out for us. We need to accept, live and preach the
fullness of Jesus Christ. Part of the fullness of Jesus Christ is his
suffering, and we need to accept that.

St. Paul, as he looked at himself and suffering, said, "It does not
matter because life does not matter to me anymore. All that matters is
that I can finish the task which God gave me and remain faithful to
the Lord." That really is all that matters for someone who truly
believes, death is life.

We can look at ourselves and ask, "Are we truly accepting the fullness
of Christ, including His Cross? If we are going to be true followers
of Christ, it is not enough to look at the cross from a distance and
say, "I believe that Jesus did that." We have to go much deeper. We
must embrace the Person, the life and the mission of Jesus Christ. If
that is going to be the case, then we know that we are going to walk
the same path as Jesus, and that is to be glorified with him in this
world in order to be glorified with him in the next, to be united with
him on his Cross so that we can be united with him in his exaltation
in heaven. That is what this is all about.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Lydia Pe
- Abraham A.
- Ely Lara
- Willie Caimol
- Ernie Pandato
- Chato Dizon
- Danny
- Charie
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V.
- Josheil Dapo
- Mariano M.
- Jansell Toni M. Remolisan
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Johnny Guerrero
- Dominga Siy
- Generoso Soriano
- Boying Lopez
- Eufemia Cabangbang
- Mr. Lee Kak Sin
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: Alfonso U. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Lorenzo U. Del Carmen
- Wedding Anniversary: Mario & Luningning del Rosario
- In Memoriam (+): Ernesto Gonzales
… for world peace and reconciliation.

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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