Sunday, March 17, 2013
MONDAY 5TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, SAINT CYRIL OF JERUSALEM
MONDAY 5TH WEEK OF LENT – YEAR I
Dn 13:41-62 / Ps 23: 1-3a. 3b-4. 5. 6 / Jn 8:12-20
Thus says Yahweh, who opened a way through the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who brought down chariots and horses, a whole army of them, and there they lay, never to rise again, snuffed out like a wick. But do not dwell on the past, or remember the things of old. Look, I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth. Do you not see? I am opening up a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the land will honor me, jackals and ostriches, because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert that my chosen people may drink. I have formed this people for myself; they will proclaim my praise.
Jesus spoke to them again, "I am the Light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life." The Pharisees replied, "Now you are speaking on your own behalf, your testimony is worthless." Then Jesus said, "Even though I bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I have come from and where I am going. But you do not know where I came from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; as for me, I don't judge anyone. But if I had to judge, my judgment would be valid for I am not alone: the Father who sent me is with me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid; so I am bearing witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me." They asked him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You don't know me or my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father as well." Jesus said these things when he was teaching in the Temple area, in the place where they received the offerings. No one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
When fathers post pictures of their children, the resemblance to their parents is quite uncanny. If we are very familiar or really know very well our friends, once we meet their parents, we can easily recognize if they look more like their dad or their mom. But, this physical recognition only comes easily because we have spent quality time with our good friends.
This is the dilemma of Our Lord. Again, he has to prove himself to his critics. The unconditional love expressed by God the Father can also be seen in Jesus. It's just sad that those who don't appreciate this remain far from Our Savior. They'd rather stay behind the comforting shield of their questioning rather than really see for themselves how deeply they are loved by Our Creator. Once they recognize this, they also will be in awe by Jesus Christ himself.
But, we all know that this wasn't meant to be. It's sometimes easier to formulate a critical opinion than to undergo a life-changing experience. It's a bit easier to criticize what we don't know than to actually invest the time and effort to really understand and comprehend, to see for ourselves, what we don't know. We're already comfortable with our state in life. To be challenged to love more would "rock the boat" as they say.
Let us pray for more open-mindedness to how God's love really affects us and our surroundings. May our hearts be more ready to see Jesus even in unthinkable locales like the slums or some abhorrent milieu. When we really get to know Christ, we will be able to recognize him even in the most unlikely of circumstances.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Andy Lecaros, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- 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: Joan L. Fernandez
- Birthday: Aurora Chiong
- Wedding Anniversary: Rosalind & Erwin Ty Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Gregorio & Suzanne Kaw
- In Memoriam (+): Frank Atienza
… 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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