Monday, April 18, 2011



APRIL 19, 2011

Is 49:1-6 / Ps 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 / Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

ISAIAH 49:1-6
Listen to me, O islands, pay attention, peoples from distant lands.
Yahweh called me from my mother's womb; he pronounced my name before I
was born. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword. He hid me in the
shadow of his hand. He made me into a polished arrow set apart in his
quiver. He said to me, "You are Israel, my servant, Through you I will
be known." "I have labored in vain," I thought and spent my strength
for nothing." Yet what is due me was in the hand of Yahweh, and my
reward was with my God. I am important in the sight of Yahweh, and my
God is my strength. And now Yahweh has spoken, he who formed me in the
womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel
to him. He said: "It is not enough that you be my servant, to restore
the tribes of Jacob, to bring back the remnant of Israel. I will make
you the light of the nations, that my salvation will reach to the ends
of the earth."

JOHN 13:21-33, 36-38
Jesus was distressed in spirit and said plainly, "Truly, one of you
will betray me." ... And the disciple who was reclining near Jesus
asked him, "Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "I shall dip a piece of
bread in the dish, and he to whom I give it, is the one." So Jesus
dipped the bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And
as Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus then
said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly." None of the
others reclining at table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. As
he had the common purse, they may have thought that Jesus was telling
him, "Buy what we need for the feast." Judas left as soon as he had
eaten the bread. It was night. Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man
glorified and God is glorified in him. God will glorify him, and he
will glorify him very soon. My children, I am with you for only a lit
tle while; you will look for me, but, as I already told the Jews, so
now I tell you: where I am going you cannot come." Simon Peter said to
him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going
you cannot follow me now, but afterwards you will." Peter said, "Lord,
why can't I follow you now? I am ready to give my life for you." Jesus
answered, "To give your life for me! Truly, I tell you, the cock will
not crow before you have denied me three times."

Jesus repeats to the apostles a caution he gave the Pharisees: "Where
I am going, you cannot come," but adds his reassurance: "Later you
shall follow me."

By initiating Judas' betrayal, Jesus takes full control of the most
unimaginably difficult task that anyone can possibly under take
because he knows this is his path to God's glory.

When Peter tries to impress him by saying he's ready, Jesus rebukes
him by predicting his denial. We know from his life story that Peter
recovers from this misstep, and eventually fulfills Jesus' prophecy to
serve as the rock upon which our church is built.

Indeed, we are all destined to fulfill God's glory. Jesus promised
this when he said, "You shall follow me." It's difficult for many of
us to see how. How often have we asked ourselves what meaning or
purpose do our lives serve?

In these passages, Jesus asks us to trust in him as we try to seek our
purpose. Let us pray that we can learn to trust Jesus as we seek to
discover the way that he has chosen for us to follow him.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Amy Trice, Jim White
… for the personal intentions of:
- Josheil Dapo
- Mary Wong
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Emmalynda V. Bernales
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: Joseph Ejercito Estrada
- Birthday: John Joseph G. Aguado
- Prayer Intention: Mr. & Mrs. Benigno De Quiroz
- In Memoriam (+): Elizabeth Sun (Jan 12, 1957-Apr 19, 1999)+
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Deogracias Tan (Nov 2, 1920-Apr `19, 2002)+
… 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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