Friday, April 05, 2013



APRIL 6, 2013

Acts 4:13-21 / Ps 118: 1 and 14-15ab. 16-18. 19-21 / Mk 16:9-15

ACTS 4:13-21
They were astonished at the boldness of Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated and untrained men. They recognized, also, that they had been with Jesus, but, as the man who had been cured stood beside them, they could make no reply. So they ordered them to leave the council room while they consulted with one another. They asked, "What shall we do with these men? Everyone who lives in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign has been given through them, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this from spreading any further among the people, let us warn them never again to speak to anyone in the name of Jesus." So they called them back and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's eyes for us to obey you rather than God. We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." Then the council threatened them once more and let them go. They could find no way of punishing them because of the people who glorified God for what had happened.

MARK 16:9-15
After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala, from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he lived, and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men also went back and told the others, but they did not believe them. Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief, and stubbornness, in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he told them, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.

During Christ's time, women were considered second class citizens. However, Mary Magdalene was not just any woman; she considered herself having been forgiven much, and for this, she loved Jesus much. She became a follower of Jesus. When Jesus resurrected, he chose to appear to her first. When she went back to tell the disciples that Jesus had risen, it was no great surprise that they did not believe her. In addition, they were so blinded by their grief over the death of Jesus that they continued to deny this truth. It was only when Jesus himself appeared to them that they at last believed.

So it is when the Lord comes to us. He may try to reach us in unexpected ways, perhaps through people whom we choose to ignore because they are different from us. When we fail to see Christ in them, he may try to get to us through people close to us, such as our family and friends. But sometimes, we remain oblivious to him, perhaps out of sadness in times of trial, preoccupation with our busy lives, or a stubborn belief that we can make it on our own. Must we wait for him to use means we can no longer ignore before we choose to listen and work in his ways?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim (3/31 – 4/30)
- Denise, Etoie TX, Debbie, Mary Ann R, Vita, Fr Larry, Gene, Netta & Mary Ann M (4/5 – 4/8)
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ms. Wilhelmina V. Panelo (4/3 – 4/6)
- Vicente "Ting" R. Jayme (4/5 – 4/8)
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: Lizanne Castillo
- Birthday: Elizabeth Gan Go
- Wedding Anniversary: Gilbert & Donna Son
- In Memoriam (+): Margarita See Giok Khim
… 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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