Thursday, May 24, 2012
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER - YR II
FRIDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER - YR II
MEMORIAL, SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE*; SAINT GREGORY VII*; SAINT MARY
Acts 25:13b-21 / Jn 21:15-19
Some days later King Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrived in
Caesarea to greet Festus. As they were to stay there several days,
Festus told the king about Paul's case and said to him, "We have here
a man whom Felix left as a prisoner. When I was in Jerusalem, the
chief priests and the elders of the Jews accused him and asked me to
sentence him. I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to
hand over a man without giving him an opportunity to defend himself in
front of his accusers. So they came and I took my seat without delay
on the tribunal and sent for the man. When the accusers had the floor,
they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think
he had committed; instead they quarreled with him about religion and
about a certain Jesus who has died but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
I did not know what to do about this case, so I asked Paul if he
wanted to go to Jerusalem to be tried there. But Paul appealed to be
judged by the emperor. So I ordered that he be kept in custody until I
send him to Caesar."
After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon,
son of John, do you love me more than these?" He answered, "Yes, Lord,
you know that I love you." And Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." A second
time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" And
Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said to
him, "Look after my sheep." And a third time he said to him, "Simon,
son of John, do you love me?" Peter was saddened because Jesus asked
him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said, "Lord, you know
everything; you know that I love you." Jesus then said, "Feed my
sheep! Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you put on your belt
and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch
out your hands, and another will put a belt around you, and lead you
where you do not wish to go." Jesus said this to make known the kind
of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And he added, "Follow me."
Today is the feast day of three saints. One was a teacher of Sacred
Scriptures who wrote many theological writings. Another was a pope who
worked for reforms in the Church. And the third was a Carmelite nun
blessed with supernatural gifts. All three saints had one thing in
common – they loved the Lord Jesus.
Perhaps all saints followed Jesus because they had first experienced
his deep love for them. They had felt Jesus forgiving their sins,
loving them when they were weak and comforting them when they were
down. In the Gospel, Peter felt that Jesus continued to love him even
after he had denied him three times. Perhaps that is why he loved
Jesus deeply. When we are loved, our reaction is to love in return.
Also when we love someone very much, we are ready to do anything for
our loved one. St. Peter, having experienced the Lord's forgiveness,
was now ready to offer his life for him. More humble, he cried out to
Jesus saying, "Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you."
Everyone who wants to serve the Lord must have been asked the
question: "Do you love me?" Do we love Jesus? Why do we love him? Is
it because we were told to do so? Is it because we are hoping to
receive a reward from him? Or is it because he has loved us first?
We cannot pretend to want to serve Jesus because we think we are
better than others. If we are called to feed his sheep, we do it with
love, humility and sincerity, knowing full well that anything we
achieve comes from God's grace.
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
- Andrew G.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Fr. James T. Meehan S.J.
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: Suzanne Go Kaw
… 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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