Thursday, May 20, 2010



MAY 21, 2010

ACTS 25:13-21
Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesarea and paid
their respects to Festus. Their visit lasted several days, and Festus
put Paul's case before the king, saying, 'There is a man here whom
Felix left behind in custody, and while I was in Jerusalem the chief
priests and elders of the Jews laid information against him, demanding
his condemnation. But I told them that Romans are not in the habit of
surrendering any man, until the accused confronts his accusers and is
given an opportunity to defend himself against the charge. So they
came here with me, and I wasted no time but took my seat on the
tribunal the very next day and had the man brought in. When confronted
with him, his accusers did not charge him with any of the crimes I had
expected; but they had some argument or other with him about their own
religion and about a dead man called Jesus whom Paul alleged to be
alive. Not feeling qualified to deal with questions of this sort, I
asked him if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem to be tried there
on this issue. But Paul put in an appeal for his case to be reserved
for the judgement of the emperor, so I ordered him to be remanded
until I could send him to Caesar.'

JOHN 21:15-19
When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do
you love me more than these others do?' He answered, 'Yes, Lord, you
know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my lambs.' A second time he
said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' He replied, 'Yes,
Lord, you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Look after my sheep.'
Then he said to him a third time, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?'
Peter was hurt that he asked him a third time, 'Do you love me?' and
said, 'Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.' Jesus said to
him, 'Feed my sheep. In all truth I tell you, when you were young you
put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old
you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt
round you and take you where you would rather not go.' In these words
he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God.
After this he said, 'Follow me.'

Christ informs us that he has personally chosen us to be the bearers
of the `good news' to the world and through whom others will know and
love the Father. He is counting on all Christians to do this
unfailingly bolstered by the reassurance that we can ask the Father
anything to aid us fulfill this mission. However, we would not be able
to achieve this successfully if we do not first `die to ourselves'.
Pope Benedict reminds us that `unless the seed dies, it cannot give
new life' to `bear much fruit'. This means that we have to curb our
own weak tendencies, let go of our earthly attachments and choose to
do everything only for God's greater glory.

Christ here reiterates that all should know that we are his followers
in the way we deal with all the people in the landscape of our lives –
in love, with love and simply through love. Do each one of us emanate
love and joy?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Danny
- Charie
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Cesar Galang
- Pauline
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- J.E.S.
- Camille
- Mariano Montemayor
- Titong V.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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: Lalaine R. Delos Reyes
- Birthday: Dada M. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Marian Ang
- Birthday: Felisa Lim Uy
- Wedding Anniversary: George & Evelyn Wong
- Wedding Anniversary: Cecille & Nam Le
- In Memoriam (+): Go Kun Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio Sarthou, Jr.
… 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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