Friday, March 15, 2013
SATURDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
MARCH 16, 2013
SATURDAY 4TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Jer 11:18-20 / Ps 7: 2-3. 9bc-10. 11-12 / Jn 7:40-53
Yahweh made it known to me and so I know! And you let me see their scheming: (12 6 ) "Take care, even your kinsfolk and your own family are false with you and behind your back they freely criticize you. Do not trust them when they approach you in a friendly way." But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me that they were plotting, "Let us feed him with trials and remove him from the land of the living and let his name never be mentioned again." Yahweh, God of hosts, you who judge with justice and know every one's heart and intentions, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Many who had been listening to these words began to say, "This is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some wondered, "Would the Christ come from Galilee? Doesn't Scripture say that the Christ is a descendant of David and from Bethlehem, the city of David?" The crowd was divided over him. Some wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The officers of the Temple went back to the chief priests, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him?" The officers answered, "No one ever spoke like this man." The Pharisees then said, "So you, too, have been led astray! Have any of the rulers or any of the Pharisees believed in him? Only these cursed people, who have no knowledge of the Law!" Yet one of them, Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier, spoke out, "Does our law condemn people without first hearing them and knowing the facts?" They replied, "Do you, too, come from Galilee? Look it up and see for yourself that no prophet is to come from Galilee." And they all went home.
If we were born during the time of Jesus, we would have been among his followers, like many who had been revealed the truth. The history of Christianity is filled with so many stories of faith that people would rather suffer martyrdom than renounce what is true.
But why do people still refuse to believe? Is it because they hold on to their misery and hardness of heart that prevent the grace to be revealed?
We have a task at hand – to evangelize and witness to Jesus. But in order to do this we have to know Jesus better by being open hearted as we reflect on the Holy Scriptures and other spiritual reading materials asking for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to give us the gifts of knowledge and wisdom. We also need consistency in our prayer time to deepen our intimacy with Jesus, allowing ourselves to be molded into his likeness. We need to strive to live up to the virtues of faith, hope and charity. And as we grow in our relationship with God, it is important that we remain patient and humble.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Andy Lecaros, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Gloria Dorsey
- Andrew Guri
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rhea R. Reyes
- Birthday: Sharon Lim
- Birthday: Louciana Ngo Sy
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilson & Rosie Gosingco
… 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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