Monday, March 25, 2013



MARCH 26, 2013

Is 49:1-6 / Ps 71: 1-2. 3-4a. 5ab-6ab. 15 and 17 / Jn 13:21-33,36-38

ISAIAH 49:1-6
Listen to me, O islands, pay attention, peoples from distant lands. Yahweh called me from my mother's womb; he pronounced my name before I was born. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword. He hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a polished arrow set apart in his quiver. He said to me, "You are Israel, my servant, Through you I will be known." "I have labored in vain," I thought and spent my strength for nothing." Yet what is due me was in the hand of Yahweh, and my reward was with my God. I am important in the sight of Yahweh, and my God is my strength. And now Yahweh has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him. He said: "It is not enough that you be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob, to bring back the remnant of Israel. I will make you the light of the nations, that my salvation will reach to the ends of the earth."

JOHN 13:21-33,36-38
After saying this, Jesus was distressed in spirit, and said plainly, "Truly, one of you will betray me." The disciples then looked at one another, wondering whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining near Jesus; so Simon Peter signaled him to ask Jesus whom he meant. And the disciple, who was reclining near Jesus, asked him, "Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "I shall dip a piece of bread in the dish, and he to whom I give it, is the one." So Jesus dipped the bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And as Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus then said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly." None of the others, reclining at the table, understood why Jesus said this to Judas. As Judas had the common purse, they may have thought that Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or, "Give something to the poor." Judas left as soon as he had eaten the bread. It was night. When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. God will glorify him, and he will glorify him very soon. My children, I am with you for only a little while; you will look for me, but as I already told the Jews, so now I tell you: where I am going you cannot come. Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but afterwards you will." Peter said, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I am ready to give my life for you." "To give your life for me?" Jesus asked Peter. "Truly I tell you, the cock will not crow, before you have denied me three times."

The Gospel passage highlights two personalities, each with contrasting traits. On the one hand, we have Jesus, sure-handed and firmly in control, presiding over his sacrifice. He has just finished washing the feet of the apostles a few passages earlier; here, he opens the final act of his sacrifice by dispatching Judas. On the other hand, we have Peter who starts off quite unsure of himself; he is so insecure that he has to have John ask his question for him. Later in the passage, perhaps reassured by Jesus having sent off Judas, Peter becomes smug and over-confident, and declares his readiness to give up his life for Jesus. Just as he did many times before, Jesus puts Peter in his place by foretelling his betrayal. Any journey with Jesus is much like Peter's; it blows hot and cold, full of certainty one moment, doubt the next. In this Gospel reading, Jesus repeats what he said to the Jews "Where I am going, you cannot follow me," but adds "...afterwards, you will." By these words, Jesus encourages Peter – and the rest of us to stay the course no matter how clumsily and when doubt sets in. Peter persevered, bore his own cross and followed Jesus into heaven. The same promise is given to us.

Holy Spirit, give us courage and perseverance to believe in the promise of Jesus' sacrifice so that we can one day follow him into heaven.

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
- Jose Antonio Cruz
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Carmen Reyes-Santos
- Albert Uy
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: Maribel Y. Uy
- Birthday: Julieta Mirasol-Caling
- Wedding Anniversary: Esther & Marcelino Sy
… 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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