Friday, March 29, 2013
MARCH 30, 2013
Gen 1:1-2:2 / Ex 14:15—15:1 / Lk 24:1-12
Readings for the Easter Vigil, which is an Easter Sunday Mass: Gn 1: 1 -- 2: 2 or 1: 1. 26-31a / Ps 104: 1-2. 5-6. 10. 12. 13-14. 24. 35 or Ps 33: 4-5. 6-7. 12-13. 20-22 / Gn 22: 1-18 or 22: 1-2. 9a. 10-13. 15-18 / Ps 16: 5. 8. 9-10. 11 / Ex 14: 15 -- 15: 1 / Ex 15: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 17-18 / Is 54: 5-14 / Ps 30: 2. 4. 5-6. 11-12. 13 / Is 55: 1-11 / Is 12: 2-3. 4. 5-6 / Bar 3: 9-15. 32 -- 4: 4 / Ps 19: 8. 9. 10. 11 / Ez 36: 16-17a. 18-28 / Ps 42: 3. 5; 43: 3. 4 or Is 12: 2-3. 4bcd. 5-6 or Ps 51: 12-13. 14-15. 18-19 / Rom 6: 3-11 / Ps 118: 1-2. 16-17. 22-23 / Lk 24: 1-12
GENESIS 1: 1. 26-31A
In the beginning, when God began to create the heavens and the earth, God said, "Let us make man in our image, to our likeness. Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over the wild animals, and over all creeping things that crawl along the ground." So God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over every living creature that moves on the ground." God said, "I have given you every seed-bearing plant which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree that bears fruit with seed. It will be for your food. To every wild animal, to every bird of the sky, to everything that creeps along the ground, to everything that has the breath of life, I give every green plant for food." So it was. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. There was evening and there was morning: the sixth day.
ROMANS 6: 3-11
Don't you know that in baptism which unites us to Christ we are all baptized and plunged into his death? By this baptism in his death, we were buried with Christ and, as Christ was raised from among the dead by the Glory of the Father, so we begin walking in a new life. If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his so we shall be by a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with Christ, so as to destroy what of us was sin, so that we may no longer serve sin—if we are dead, we are no longer in debt to sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. We know that Christ, once risen from the dead, will not die again and death has no more dominion over him. For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God. So you, too, must consider your selves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
LUKE 24: 1-12
On the sabbath the women rested according to the commandment, but the first day of the week, at dawn, they went to the tomb with the perfumes and ointments they had prepared. Seeing the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb, they entered, and were amazed to find that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there wondering about this, two men in dazzling garments suddenly appeared beside them. In fright the women bowed to the ground. But the men said, "Why look for the living among the dead? You won't find him here. He is risen. Re member what he told you in Galilee, that the Son of Man had to be given into the hands of sinners, be crucified, and to rise on the third day." And they remembered Jesus' words. Returning from the tomb, they told the Eleven and all the others about these things. Among the women, who brought the news, were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. But however much they insisted, those who heard did not believe the seemingly nonsensical story. Then Peter got up and ran to the tomb. All he saw, when he bent down and looked into the tomb, were the linen cloths, laid by themselves. He went home wondering.
Jesus' disciples were distraught and saddened by what had happened to their leader. Their expectations were not met as they didn't understand why Jesus had to suffer and die a violent death as he did. He was with them too short a time and they didn't have their fill of his awesomeness and glorious presence. They felt they were left alone to fend for themselves and didn't comprehend what Jesus had told them time and again to forewarn them of his fate, of his mission. However, when the women were greeted by the two angels who reminded them that "the Son of Man had to be given into the hands of sinners, be crucified, and rise on the third day," they believed, and their expectations were exceeded as they were not expecting that Jesus would be resurrected. They went out to proclaim what they saw and heard. Yet the other disciples didn't believe, even Peter "went home wondering."
There are times when we expect answers to our prayers, and if these are not met, we think that God does not answer our prayers. At times, we do not realize that God has already answered our prayers, but not in a way that we want because what we are asking for is not for the best. His silence can already be our answer. God only wants the best for us, in His perfect time. He is never late and cannot be outdone in His generosity. He gives us more than what we expect or what we deserve. He may not be answering our prayers the way we want because what we are asking for is not in perfect harmony with His will. Only He knows what is best for us. We just have to be patient and always heed and listen to His voice. When we do receive blessings and answers to our prayers, we should proclaim God's goodness and be a blessing to others as well.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Lorraine Raffinan Perez
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Carmen Reyes-Santos. 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: Vima M. Mendoza
- Birthday: Qit Abola
- Birthday: Frederick Go
- Birthday: Victoria Faicol
- Wedding Anniversary: Henry & Nolly Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Vicente Chan Tiu
… 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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