Friday, May 21, 2010



MAY 22, 2010

ACTS 28:16-20, 30-31
On our arrival in Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own
with the soldier who guarded him. After three days he called together
the leading Jews. When they had assembled, he said to them, 'Brothers,
although I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our
ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.
They examined me and would have set me free, since they found me
guilty of nothing involving the death penalty; but the Jews lodged an
objection, and I was forced to appeal to Caesar, though not because I
had any accusation to make against my own nation. That is why I have
urged you to see me and have a discussion with me, for it is on
account of the hope of Israel that I wear this chain.' He spent the
whole of the two years in his own rented lodging. He welcomed all who
came to visit him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the
truth about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete fearlessness and
without any hindrance from anyone.

JOHN 21:20-25
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them --
the one who had leant back close to his chest at the supper and had
said to him, 'Lord, who is it that will betray you?' Seeing him, Peter
said to Jesus, 'What about him, Lord?' Jesus answered, 'If I want him
to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to
follow me.' The rumour then went out among the brothers that this
disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, 'He will not
die,' but, 'If I want him to stay behind till I come.' This disciple
is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and
we know that his testimony is true. There was much else that Jesus
did; if it were written down in detail, I do not suppose the world
itself would hold all the books that would be written.

Peter is the everyman of the Gospels, the sympathetic character whose
shoes we often find would fit our own feet with ease. He makes bold
proclamations often and is just as often rebuked by Jesus; in the
Gospel reading today Peter almost seems to be engaging in gossip and
we can almost imagine an exasperated Jesus giving a glib reply just so
the apostle will settle down.

Yet in spite of his human failings, Jesus loved and trusted Peter so
much that he made him the Rock on which the Church was founded. What
defines Peter is not the fact that he fell so many times, but the fact
that he got up each time and tried again. Peter is proof that the
essence of being a Christian is not perfection, but a desire to follow
in Jesus' footsteps, no matter how often we stumble or sink into the

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength:
- Pauline
- Ely Lara
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Alfonso Purugganan
… for the personal intentions of
- J.E.S.
- Camille
- Titong V.
- Mariano Montemayor
- Maricar
.. Birthday: Chito Dychioco
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dy Suan
- Ely Aquino
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: Lesley Erin Castillo
- Birthday: Jing Remo
- Birthday: Geronimo Bumagat
- Birthday: Nori Wijanco
- Birthday: Gabriel Pineda
- Birthday: Gemma Marin
- Birthday: Mrs. Siu Tiao Dee de Guzman+
… 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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