Friday, May 25, 2012
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER - YR II
SATURDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER - YR II
MEMORIAL, SAINT PHILIP NERI
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Jn 21:20-25
ACTS 28:16-20, 30-31
Upon our arrival in Rome, the captain turned the prisoners over to
the military governor but permitted Paul to lodge in a private house
with the soldier who guarded him. After three days, Paul called
together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered, he said to
them: "Brothers, though I have not done anything against our people or
against the traditions of our fathers, I was arrested in Jerusalem and
handed over to the Romans. They examined me and wanted to set me free,
for they saw nothing in my case that deserved death. But the Jews
objected, so I was forced to appeal to Caesar without the least
intention of bringing any case against my own people. Therefore, I
have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the
hope of Israel that I bear these chains." Paul stayed for two whole
years in a house he himself rented, where he received without any
hindrance all those who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of
God and taught the truth about Jesus Christ, the Lord, quite openly
and without any hindrance.
Peter looked back and saw that the disciple Jesus loved was following
as well, the one who had reclined close to Jesus at the supper, and
had asked him, "Lord, who is to betray you?" On seeing him, Peter
asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to
remain until I come, does that concern you? Follow me!" Because of
this the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not
die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, "He will not die," but, "Suppose
I want him to remain until I come." It is this disciple who testifies
about the things he has written here, and we know that his testimony
is true. But Jesus did many other things; if all were written down, I
think the world itself could not contain the books that should be
We have reached the conclusion of another Easter season. We have
listened to the stories of the early Church from the perspective of
Peter and Paul. We have heard how Peter grew to be the spiritual
leader of the Apostles and of the missionary journeys and experiences
We are all servants and followers of Jesus, but we can differ in our
manner of serving him. While Peter and Paul followed Jesus to their
own martyrdom, John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, followed Jesus by
witnessing to the life story of Jesus even in his old age. He gave us
the fourth Gospel with his deep insights into the mystery of Jesus.
In today's Gospel, Jesus tells Peter that his mission is to follow him
in any way that he is called to do. This is the same mission that is
given to each one of us. Perhaps we did not hear of this in the same
way that Peter or Paul received their mission, but as Christians, each
one of us has been called to be a disciple of Jesus in the world, to
different vocations in life. Whatever our vocation in life, may we
have the strength to carry out that calling.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- 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: Susie Tsoi
- Birthday: Frances Francoise Tee
- In Memoriam (+): Han Yee, Uang
- In Memoriam (+): Digna Casuela
… 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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