Wednesday, November 17, 2010
THURSDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
DEDICATION OF THE BASILICAS OF ST PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES, IN ROME
THURSDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
ACTS 28:11-16, 30-31
At the end of three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in
the island; she came from Alexandria and her figurehead was the Twins.
We put in at Syracuse and spent three days there; from there we
followed the coast up to Rhegium. After one day there a south wind
sprang up and on the second day we made Puteoli, where we found some
brothers and had the great encouragement of staying a week with them.
And so we came to Rome. When the brothers there heard about us they
came to meet us, as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns.
When Paul saw them he thanked God and took courage. On our arrival in
Rome Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own with the soldier
who guarded him. 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.
And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to
the other side while he sent the crowds away. After sending the crowds
away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came,
he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land,
was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind. In the
fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea,
and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
'It is a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus
called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.' It
was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tell me to
come to you across the water.' Jesus said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out
of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but
then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord,' he
cried, 'save me!' Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'You
have so little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' And as they got
into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before
him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.'
It was at Jesus' behest that the apostles sailed across the lake, only
to find themselves in a life-threatening storm. Although they were
experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives as the waves
threatened to engulf them. Jesus was not with them on the boat, but he
prayed for them and when he perceived their trouble, he came out to
them on the water and startled them with his sudden appearance.
Oftentimes we are like Peter, asking the Lord to call on us but having
little faith that he will be there to hold on to us. A great deal of
failure in the Christian life is due to acting on impulse and
emotional fervor. Peter, fortunately in the moment of his failure
clutched at Jesus and held him firmly. Every time Peter fell, he rose
again. His failures only made him love the Lord more deeply and trust
him more intently. The Lord keeps watch over us at all times, and
especially in our moments of temptation and difficulty.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Kwai and Godofredo Pe
- Mark Anthony Lao
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres,
Kristin Vidanes, John Lawrence
- Msgr. Timothy O'Donovan
- Vicky Fabella
… for good health: Daisy M. Barilla, Haresh H. Mirchanani, Dennis
Mercado, Loui B. Oca, Tracy Pdl. Lucero, Chambie Soriano, Jona
Laranang, Anniel Leonardo, Thelma Ramoran, Tintin Abling, Vilma Haboc,
Beth Noel Malate, Monica Jason Balibay, Noel Lopez Benny Panganiban
… for the personal intentions of Mary Beth Valenteros and Davis
… good health and safety of Jayvee De Joya and her baby
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Leonardo L. Co and Dr. Dan Lagunzad
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: Medy Rodrigo
- Birthday: Jody Sim
- Thanksgiving: Jo & Maizie Qua
… 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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