Tuesday, April 26, 2011
EASTER WEDNESDAY – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. PETER CANISIUS, PRIEST AND DOCTOR
EASTER WEDNESDAY – YEAR I
Acts 3:1-10 / Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 / Lk 24:13-35
Once when Peter and John were going up to the Temple at three in the
afternoon, the hour for prayer, a man crippled from birth was being
carried in. Every day they would bring him and put him at the temple
gate called "Beautiful"; there he begged from those who entered the
Temple. When he saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple, he
asked for alms. Then Peter with John at his side looked straight at
him and said, "Look at us." So he looked at them, expecting to receive
something from them. But Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the
Messiah, walk!" Then he took the beggar by his right hand and helped
him up. At once his feet and ankles became firm, and jumping up he
stood on his feet and began to walk. And he went with them into the
Temple walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him
walking and praising God; they recognized him as the one who used to
sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, and they were all
astonished and amazed at what had happened to him.
Two disciples of Jesus were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles
from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they
were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked with them, but
their eyes were held and they did not recognize him. He asked, "What
is this you are talking about?" ... They replied, "It is about Jesus
of Nazareth. He was a prophet, you know, mighty in word and deed
before God and the people. But the chief priests and our rulers
sentenced him to death. They handed him over to be crucified. We had
hoped that he would redeem Israel. As they drew near the village they
were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed
upon him, "Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now
almost over." So he went in to stay with them. When they were at
table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a
piece. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he
vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, "Were not
our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on
the road and explaining the Scriptures?" They immediately set out and
returned to Jerusalem.
Today, let us look into our own hearts and minds to see if we are
searching for things that will last temporarily, or for those things
that will give us everlasting life. Do we recognize what Jesus has to
offer us? Do our actions give witness to our belief in Jesus and his
teachings? If we truly believe in Jesus, we will strive to follow his
ways. We will love one another and seek only the best for our brothers
and sisters and for our world.
Let us ask Jesus today to show us what we must do to follow him, to
make his path clear to us and to give us the strength to follow it.
When faced with any challenges, difficulty, or frustration, let us
exercise our faith in God and seek to do His will.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Allen P.
- Jerry Dy
- Kenneth Daniel
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Vern Burdick. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Carlos O. Lao, Sr.
- In Memoriam (+): Benjamin B. Panganiban, M.D.
… 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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