Tuesday, May 18, 2010
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
'Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the
Holy Spirit has made you the guardians, to feed the Church of God
which he bought with the blood of his own Son. 'I know quite well that
when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy
on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming
forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the
disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night
and day for three years I never slackened in counseling each one of
you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his
grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance
among all the sanctified. 'I have never asked anyone for money or
clothes; you know for yourselves that these hands of mine earned
enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. By every means I
have shown you that we must exert ourselves in this way to support the
weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said,
"There is more happiness in giving than in receiving." ' When he had
finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they
were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul's neck and kissed
him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his
face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
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. While I was with them, I kept
those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and
not one is lost except one who was destined to be lost, and this was
to fulfil the scriptures. But now I am coming to you and I say these
things in the world to share my joy with them to the full. I passed
your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to
the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking you to
remove them from the world, but to protect them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into
the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I
consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.
Jesus came to complete the Revelation of God to His people through his
words, miracles, compassion and loving care, courage and justice. This
revelation was culminated in his final act of love on the cross. There
is no other that comes close in comparison to him. Jesus is the
Absolute, Total and Perfect reflection of God brought about in a form
that we, as human beings, can relate to. That is why Jesus is the Way,
the Truth and the Life. Yet he knows that after his departure from
earth there will be many "pretenders to the throne", "wolves in sheep
clothing", that would seek to destroy that which he had started.
How then could Jesus' longing to remain with his disciples after he
has left be addressed? How could he extend that life of Love which he
had shared with his apostles? How could he share the eternal unity of
his Love with us who are finite? The answer is the "Eucharist" which
he instituted at the Last Supper, which brought the meaning of the
Passover meal to a higher level of continuing revelation, one that is
not just ritualized but lived.
We live in an environment with practices, values and mindsets that are
counter to our Christian values. Although the Gospel of Christ
continues to be celebrated through the Eucharist, God's graces can be
appreciated only if we are willing to accept Jesus wholeheartedly,
mind, heart, body and soul. Have we done that?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
… for the personal intentions of
- Mariano M.
- Jansell Toni M. Remolisan
… Birthday: Toni Vitan Mosera
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Johnny Guerrero
- Dominga Siy
- Generoso Soriano
- Boying Lopez
- Eufemia Cabangbang
- Mr. Lee Kak Sin
- Dy Suan
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: Sr. Prodenciana M. Miralo
- Birthday: Remedios Lagunda
- Birthday: Gerardo C. Maloles
- Birthday: Muchit Mejia Villasor
- Birthday: Gregorio A. Kaw
… 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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