Tuesday, April 19, 2011



APRIL 20, 2011

Is 50:4-9 / Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 / Mt 26:14-25

ISAIAH 50:4-9
The Lord Yahweh has taught me so I speak as his disciple and I know
how to sustain the weary. Morning after morning he wakes me up to
hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord Yahweh has opened my ear. I
have not rebelled, nor have I withdrawn. I offered my back to those
who strike me, my cheeks to those who pulled my beard; neither did I
shield my face from blows, spittle and disgrace. I have not despaired,
for the Lord Yahweh comes to my help. So, like a flint I set my face,
knowing that I will not be disgraced. He who avenges me is near. Who
then will accuse me? Let us confront each other. Who is now my
accuser? Let him approach. If the Lord Yahweh is my help. who will
condemn me? All of them will wear out like cloth; the moth will devour

MATTHEW 26:14-25
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went off to the
chief priests and said, "How much will you give me if I hand him over
to you?" They promised to give him thirty pieces of silver, and from
then on he kept looking for the best way to hand him over to them. On
the first day of the Festival of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples
came to Jesus and said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare the
Passover meal for you?" Jesus answered, "Go into the city, to the
house of a certain man, and tell him: `The Master says: My hour is
near, and I will celebrate the Passover with my disciples in your
house." The disciples did as Jesus had ordered and prepared the
Passover meal. When it was evening, Jesus sat at table with the
Twelve. While they were eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you: one
of you will betray me." They were deeply distressed and asked him in
turn, "You do not mean me, do you, Lord?" He answered, "He who will
betray me is one of those who dips his bread in the dish with me. The
Son of Man is going as the Scriptures say he will. But alas for that
one who betrays the Son of Man; better for him not to have been born."
Judas, who was betraying him, also asked, "You do not mean me, Master,
do you?" Jesus replied, "You have said it."

Trust, when shared with one another, bridges psychological barriers
and emotional divides. And yet, it is the most difficult to repair
when damaged. That's why we find it so unimaginable to forgive someone
who has broken our trust.

Jesus shared that promising relationship with his disciples. He taught
them how to be close to his Father. But one of his associates in their
close-knit group decided to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

We seldom have a face to show our companions when caught in a similar
grievous act. We save ourselves from punishment. We try to bargain
with God and use God for our own misconstrued purposes. Even with the
obvious trust issues he had to go through, Jesus did not condemn Judas
to eternal damnation for what he did. He reveals his divine forgiving
side. Jesus wants us to embrace our mortality and get up whenever we
fall short on the way to being better Christians. He wants us to stand
up and realize that only by following him towards holiness do we find
the key to sharing the life that he truly wants us to have.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Angeli
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Allen P.
… for the personal intentions of:
- Mary Wong
- Josheil Dapo
- Edu and Andrea
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Anna Laureano
- Birthday: Fr. Jose Gregorio Rincon
- Birthday: Cecile C. Sison
- Birthday: Fr. Rufino Sescon Jr.
- Birthday: Nina C. Santamaria
- Birthday: Mayor Guia Gomez
- Birthday: Ofelia Carague
- Wedding Anniversary: Andrew & Kathleen Ngo
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Bin (May 15, 1932 - Apr 20, 2004)+
… 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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