Thursday, June 02, 2011
FRIDAY 6TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, CHARLES LWANGA & COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
FRIDAY 6TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
Acts 18:9-18 / Ps 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 / Jn 16:20-23
One night, in a vision, the Lord said to Paul, "Do not be afraid, but
continue speaking and do not be silent, for many people in this city
are mine. I am with you, so no one will harm you." So Paul stayed a
year and a half in that place, teaching the word of God among them.
When Gallio was governor of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on
Paul and brought him before the court. And they accused him, "This man
tries to persuade us to worship God in ways that are against the Law."
Paul was about to speak in his own defense when Gallio said to the
Jews, "If it were a matter of a misdeed or vicious crime, I would have
to consider your complaint. But since this is a quarrel about
teachings and divine names that are proper to your own law, see to it
your selves: I refuse to judge such matters." And he sent them out of
the court. Then the people seized Sosthenes, a leading man of the
synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal; but Gallio paid no
attention to it. Paul stayed on with the disciples in Corinth for many
days; he then left them and sailed off with Priscilla and Aquila for
Syria. And as he was no longer under a vow he had taken, he shaved his
head before sailing from Cenchreae.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, you will weep and
mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow
will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her
time is at hand. But after the child is born, she no longer remembers
her suffering because of such great joy: a human being is born into
the world. "You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your
hearts will rejoice. And no one will take your joy from you. When that
day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever
you ask the Father in my Name, he will give you."
In the first reading, St. Paul encounters persecution from the Jews
for preaching the Good News. But God protects him from any harm and he
is able to escape from his enemies.
The life of a Christian is not without trials, difficulties and
tribulations. Sometimes we have to suffer for doing what is right. God
invites us to be steadfast and to stand firm, for He will be there to
help us. God always protects His missionaries, His preachers and His
priests. So we must have faith in Him and not be afraid.
The Gospel also tells us that we will experience much sorrow in this
world, but this sorrow will be turned into joy. God always gives His
most ardent followers more trials than the others. All of us have a
mission – to carry in our bodies the dying of Jesus so that in us may
appear his resurrection. That is when our sorrow will be turned into
joy. Since we are called to save people from their wrongdoings,
immoral thinking, selfish attitudes, etc., we will surely encounter
much resistance from them. But if we hold on till the end, the fruits
of our labor will be in their conversion to God. Jesus said before he
ascended into heaven, "I will always be with you, until the end of the
world." This promise is what emboldens the disciple of Christ to keep
on doing good to others. He has the guarantee of our Lord's help and
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Maria, Alex, John C, Eugene R, Frank & Gene
- Judo & Kevin Francis Christian Pe
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Felisa Ramirez
- Bernie Espiritu
- Abraham A.
… for the strength and spiritual healing of: Mary T
… for the personal intentions of
- Andrew G
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Keempee Pe
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: Normita Siaco
- Birthday: Corazon R. Salazar
- Birthday: Gee Gee Rodrigo
- Birthday: Carmen Fabella Mueller
- In Memoriam (+): Ramona Chua Hwan (Nov 2, 1955-Jun 3, 2005)+
- In Memoriam (+): Ma. Estella Layug (Nov 29, 1947 - Jun 3 2005)+
… 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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