Wednesday, May 23, 2012
THURSDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
THURSDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YEAR II
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Jn 17:20-26
ACTS 22:30; 23:6-11
The next day the commander wanted to know for certain the charges the
Jews were making against Paul. So he released him from prison and
called together the High Priest and the whole Council; and they
brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul knew that part
of the Council were Sadducees and others Pharisees; so he spoke out in
the Council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, son of a Pharisee. It is for
the hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial here." At
these words, an argument broke out between the Pharisees and the
Sadducees and the whole assembly was divided. For the Sadducees claim
that there is neither resurrection, nor angels nor spirits, while the
Pharisees acknowledge all these things. Then the shouting grew louder,
and some teachers of the Law of the Pharisee party protested, "We find
nothing wrong with this man. Maybe a spirit or an angel has spoken to
him." With this the argument became so violent that the commander
feared that Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He therefore ordered
the soldiers to go down and rescue him from their midst and take him
back to the fortress. That night the Lord stood by Paul and said,
"Courage! As you have borne witness to me here in Jerusalem, so must
you do in Rome."
I pray not only for these, but also for those who through their word
will believe in me. May they all be one, as you Father are in me and I
am in you. May they be one in us, so that the world may believe that
you have sent me. I have given them the glory you have given me, that
they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they
shall reach perfection in unity; and the world shall know that you
have sent me, and that I have loved them, just as you loved me.
Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me
where I am, and to see the glory you gave me, for you loved me before
the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known
you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.
As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so
that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I also may
be in them."
Paul as a missionary appears before the Sanhedrin to answer their
accusation. The Pharisees believe in the resurrection, while the
Sadducees don't. Since the Sanhedrin is composed of Pharisees and
Sadducees, Paul states that he was brought before them because of his
belief in the resurrection of the dead. A verbal uproar becomes
violent between the nonbelievers. The commander has to rescue Paul
from the crowd, otherwise they might finish him. Let's imagine
ourselves as members of the Sanhedrin. How would we have reacted with
the statement of Paul regarding the resurrection of the dead?
In today's Gospel Jesus prays: "I pray not only for these but for
those who through their word will believe in me. May they also be one
as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us so the
world may believe that you have sent me."
Among the four evangelists, only St. John presents the sacerdotal
prayer of Jesus. Can we feel the closeness of Jesus to us as we read
and discern these Scripture passages? Can we then pray the prayer of
Jesus? As missionaries of Jesus, can we be sent by the Father and
experience the same unity with God?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Renan Lacida and Rowena Yap
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Elizabeth Go
- In Memoriam (+): Rita Borja
… 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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