Monday, June 06, 2011
TUESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
TUESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR I
Acts 20:17-27 / Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 / Jn 17:1-11
From Miletus Paul sent word to Ephesus, summoning the elders of the
Church. When they came to him, he addressed them, "You know how I
lived among you from the first day I set foot in the province of Asia,
how I served the Lord in humility through the sorrows and trials that
the Jews caused me. You know that I never held back from doing
anything that could be useful for you; I spoke publicly and in your
homes and I urged Jews and non-Jews alike to turn to God and believe
in our Lord Jesus. But now I am going to Jerusalem, chained by the
Spirit, without knowing what will happen to me there. Yet in every
city the Holy Spirit warns me that imprisonment and troubles await me.
Indeed I put no value on my life, if only I can finish my race and
complete the service to which I have been assigned by the Lord Jesus,
to announce the good news of God's grace. I now feel sure that none of
you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom of God will
ever see me again. Therefore I declare to you this day that my
conscience is clear with regard to all of you. For I have spared no
effort in fully declaring to you God's will.
Jesus said, "Father, the hour has come; give glory to your Son, that
the Son may give glory to you. You have given him power over all
mortals, and you want him to bring eternal life to all you have
entrusted to him. For this is eternal life: to know you, the only true
God, and the One you sent, Jesus Christ. I have glorified you on earth
and finished the work that you gave me to do. Now, Father, give me in
your presence the same Glory I had with you before the world began. I
have made your name known to those you gave me from the world. They
were yours and you gave them to me, and they kept your word. And now
they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you. I have
given them the teaching I received from you, and they received it and
know in truth that I came from you; and they believe that you have
sent me. I pray for them; I do not pray for the world but for those
who belong to you and whom you have given to me—indeed all I have is
yours and all you have is mine—and now they are my glory. I am no
longer in the world, but they are in the world whereas I am going to
you. Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so
that they may be one, just as we are."
In both scripture readings today, there is a pattern of life that is
clearly laid out for us. We need to accept the fullness of Jesus
Christ. We need to live and preach the fullness of Jesus Christ. Part
of the fullness of Jesus Christ is his suffering, and we need to
In the first reading, St. Paul says, "It does not matter because life
does not matter to me anymore. All that matters is that I can finish
the task which God gave me and remain faithful to the Lord." For
someone who truly believes, that is really all that matters, because
death is life.
If we are going to be true followers of Christ, it is not enough to
look at the cross from a distance and say, "I believe that Jesus did
that." We have to go much deeper. Satan knows that Jesus died on the
cross. Satan knows that Jesus is God. Satan knows what the truths are,
but he rejected them and he did not live them. It is not enough to
believe in certain truths, but rather we must embrace the life and
mission of Jesus Christ. If we do this, then we know that we are going
to walk the same path as Jesus, St. Paul and all the other saints.
That means to be glorified with him in this world in order to be
glorified with him in the next, to be united with him on his cross so
that we can be united with him in his exaltation in heaven. That is
what this is all about.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Pat, Chuck, Maria, Ben, Pam
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Mei-Mei Nabua
- JP and Danica
- Milo and Thelma
- Tito and Estrelle
- Josheil Dapo
- Mary T
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Luisita Itchon
- Birthday: Daniel Bables
- Birthday: Atty. Juni Ho Gotamco
- Birthday: Esperanza Gerona
- Birthday: Bobby Cordon
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Susan Chua
… 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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