Thursday, April 12, 2012



APRIL 12, 2012

Acts 3:11-26 / Lk 24:35-48, White

ACTS 3:11-26
While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, struck with
astonishment, came running to them in Solomon's Porch, as it was
called. When Peter saw the people, he said to them, "Fellow
Israelites, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us as if
it was by some power or holiness of our own that we made this man
walk? The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our
ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over to
death and denied before Pilate, when even Pilate had decided to
release him. You rejected the Holy and Just One, and you insisted that
a murderer be released to you. You killed the Master of life, but God
raised him from the dead and we are witnesses to this. It is his Name,
and faith in his Name, that has healed this man whom you see and
recognize. The faith that comes through Jesus has given him wholeness
in the presence of all of you. Yet I know that you acted out of
ignorance, as did your leaders. God has fulfilled in this way what he
had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and
the time of refreshment may come by the mercy of God, when he sends
the Messiah appointed for you, Jesus. For he must remain in heaven
until the time of the universal restoration which God spoke of long
ago through his holy prophets. Moses foretold this when he said: The
Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own
people; you shall listen to him in all that he says to you. Whoever
does not listen to that prophet is to be cut off from among his
people. In fact, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel onward,
have announced the events of these days. You are the children of the
prophets and heirs of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors
when he said to Abraham: All the families of the earth will be blessed
through your descendant. It is to you first that God sends his
Servant; he raised him to life to bless you by turning each of you
from your wicked ways."

LUKE 24:35-48
Then the two told what had happened on the road to Emmaus, and how
Jesus had made himself known, when he broke bread with them. While
they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their
midst. (He said to them, "Peace to you.") In their panic and fright
they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, "Why are
you upset, and how does such an idea cross your minds? Look at my
hands and feet, and see that it is I myself! Touch me, and see for
yourselves, for a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have!" (As he said
this, he showed his hands and feet.) In their joy they didn't dare
believe, and were still astonished; so he said to them, "Have you
anything to eat?" And they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took
it, and ate it before them. Then Jesus said to them, "Remember the
words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written
about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, must
be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the
Scriptures. And he said, "So it was written: the Messiah had to
suffer, and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and
forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations,
beginning from Jerusalem. And you are witnesses to these things.

In yesterday's Gospel reading, Jesus manifested himself to the two
disciples on the road to Emmaus. As he walked with them, he opened the
meaning of the Scriptures to them. In today's Gospel, Jesus appears to
the other disciples. He eats with them and gives them their marching
orders. Here again, he opens their minds to understand everything
written about him in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms.
Jesus says to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance, for the
forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all nations,
beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." Now it
is up to us to do that.

It is up to us to carry on the mission of the Church. It is up to us
to spread the Good News of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and
the power that comes through the Holy Spirit. We have been given a
share in that mission from on high. We are the heirs of the disciples
and now we must go forth, from this church today, and announce in all
the earth how wonderful is God's name. We can tell all the world that
Jesus is risen.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jim F, Gene L, Brian, Michael G, Josh, Kristen, Ben, Linda O,Delores
& Mary Ann R
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cherie Torres
- Josefa Ortiz, Rowena L. Yap, Renan Lacida
… for the personal intentions of
- Dana, Eugene R, Rita & Pam
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr &Barr Mrs Obinna Okoronkwo,
Ifeanyi Matts Anyaugo, Chuba Osy Anyaugo, Cordelia Anyaugo
- Veronica Yap
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Teodora T. Ong. 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: Annabel Uy-Braganza
- Birthday: Julia Chua
- Birthday: Virginia Davide
- Birthday: Ana Melissa Yao Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Jose Sr. & Lilia Lim
- Presbyterial Ordination: J. Cesar R. Marin, SJ
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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