Thursday, April 14, 2011
FRIDAY 5TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
FRIDAY 5TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Jer 20:10-13 / Ps 18:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7 / Jn 10:31-42
I hear many people whispering, "Terror is all around! Denounce him!
Yes, denounce him!" All my friends watch me to see if I will slip:
"Perhaps he can be deceived," they say; "then we can get the better of
him and have our revenge." But Yahweh, a mighty warrior, is with me.
My persecutors will stumble and not prevail; that failure will be
their shame and their disgrace will never be forgotten. Yahweh, God of
hosts, you test the just and probe the heart and mind. Let me see your
revenge on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause. Sing to Yahweh!
Praise Yahweh and say: he has rescued the poor from the clutches of
The Jews picked up stones to throw at Jesus; so he said, "I have
openly done many good works among you which the Father gave me to do.
For which of these do you stone me?" The Jews answered, "We are not
stoning you for doing a good work but for insulting God; you are only
a man and you make yourself God." Then Jesus replied, "Is this not
written in your Law: I said: you are gods? So those who received this
word of God were called gods and the Scripture is always true. Then
what should be said of the one anointed and sent into the world by the
Father? Am I insulting God when I say: `I am the Son of God'? If I am
not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me. But if I do them,
even if you have no faith in me, believe because of the works I do,
and know that the Father is in me and I in the Father." Again they
tried to arrest him, but Jesus escaped from their hands. He went away
again to the other side of the Jordan, to the place where John had
baptized, and there he stayed. Many people came to him and said, "John
showed no miraculous signs, but he spoke of this man and everything he
said was true." And many became believers in that place.
The Jews rejected Jesus because he said he was the Son of God. For
them he was blaspheming. (We know of course that Jesus was telling
them the truth.) Jesus told the Jews to at least look at his good
works because they are proof of the authority of his Father, but they
have been blinded by hatred and wanted to arrest him. So Jesus was
forced to run away from them.
We have heard of people who boldly spoke of their faith but were
rejected. Many of them were martyred like St. Stephen, St. Lorenzo
Ruiz, and the Martyrs of China. Others, like the Jesuit missionaries
in China, were forced to go to another place to continue their
Have you yourself experienced being rejected by friends because you
chose good over evil? You chose to tell the truth instead of just
keeping quiet? How did you feel about it?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Myrna Borja
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Allen P.
- Marge, Ben, Eugene R, Maria, Mrs T, Ed's mom, Frank & Gene
… for the personal intentions of:
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Bob Finlay. Eternal rest grant
unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the
dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Maribel Fabella
- Birthday: Yoly Sim
- Wedding Anniversary: Bet & Ted Montecillo
… 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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