Friday, June 03, 2011



JUNE 4, 2011

Acts 18:23-28 / Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10 / Jn 16:23-28

ACTS 18:23-28
After spending some time there, he left and traveled from place to
place through Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening the disciples. A
certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived at Ephesus.
He was an eloquent speaker and an authority on the Scriptures, and he
had some knowledge of the way of the Lord. With great enthusiasm he
preached and taught correctly about Jesus, although he knew only of
John's baptism. As he began to speak boldly in the synagogue,
Priscilla and Aquila heard him; so they took him home with them and
explained to him the way more accurately. As Apollos wished to go to
Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there
to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly strengthened those who, by
God's grace, had become believers, for he vigorously refuted the Jews,
proving from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.

JOHN 16:23-28
Jesus said to his disciples, "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. So far you have not asked in my Name; ask and
receive that your joy may be full. I taught you all this in veiled
language, but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in
veiled language, but will tell you plainly of the Father. When that
day comes, you will ask in my Name and it will not be for me to ask
the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you because you have
loved me and you believe that I came from the Father. As I came from
the Father and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world and
going to the Father."

Jesus is the Unknown God. When Jesus was growing up, he was first
hidden in Nazareth. Even during his Passion, he remained unknown
because of the unbelief which conquered the hearts of his fellow Jews.
He is the Word spoken in creation. He is the Word made man who made
all things in union with the Father and the Spirit. His very humanity
veiled the divine in him for the Jews never thought that God would
ever live with them.

Today, God remains unknown to many. There are places where His name
has never been proclaimed. There are places where the name of God
should never be uttered. There are also men who deny the existence of
God. God is unknown in many other ways, but His presence among us was
ushered in by the Incarnation, His dwelling among us.

God became man and He lived among us. This is the truth which St. Paul
professes in the first reading. The Unknown God needs to be
proclaimed. His life was in itself a proclamation, but many people did
not listen. Their hearts remained closed. Will we allow God to remain

As children of God by virtue of our baptism, our lives should preach
the gospel Jesus lived to show us the way to the Father. Our faith in
Jesus brings us to a relationship with the Father in the Holy Spirit.
If we accept this fact, we are no longer strangers to God. He becomes
our Father. He is our friend. He is no longer unknown.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Judo & Kevin Francis Christian Pe
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Felisa Ramirez
- Bernie Espiritu
- Abraham A.
… for the personal intentions of
- Andrew G.
- Josheil Dapo
- Mei-Mei Nabua
- JP and Danica
- Milo and Thelma
- Tito and Estrelle
… 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: Vinson Co Say
- Thanksgiving: PJ & Judith Gamilla
- Thanksgiving: Anie, Leanne, Mike, Airel & Lenie Ramos
- In Memoriam (+): Francisco Chew Acero
… 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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