Monday, April 08, 2013
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK OF EASTER – YR I
TUESDAY 2ND WEEK OF EASTER – YR I
Acts 4:32-37 / Ps 93: 1ab. 1cd-2. 5 / Jn 3:7-15
The whole community of believers was one in heart and mind. No one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but rather they shared all things in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for all of them were living in an exceptional time of grace. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned land or houses, sold them and brought the proceeds of the sale. And they laid it at the feet of the apostles who distributed it according to each one's need. This is what a certain Joseph did. He was a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas, meaning: "The encouraging one." He sold a field which he owned and handed the money to the apostles.
Because of this, don't be surprised when I say, `You must be born again from above.' The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus asked again, "How can this be?" And Jesus answered, "You are a teacher in Israel, and you don't know these things! Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we witness to the things we have seen, but you don't accept our testimony. If you don't believe when I speak of earthly things, what then, when I speak to you of heavenly things? No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Being "born again" can mean being renewed by the Holy Spirit, and then taking action to help spread the Word of God. Like the wind, we do not know when the Holy Spirit will come and to whom, but one thing is for sure: when the Holy Spirit descends upon someone, positive and exciting change happens. We know of schoolmates whose behavior during their childhood or teenage years would make us think they would be least likely to enter the priesthood or the convent. Years later, we are surprised to hear that they have entered the religious life. Saul determinedly searched for and persecuted Christians. But after his spiritual renewal, he became one of the most dedicated missionaries the world has ever seen, and we now know him as St. Paul.
When the Holy Spirit comes to you, does it mean you will have an easier life? The lives of the saints, priests, nuns and missionaries show quite the contrary. They have to endure detachment from material wealth. They often have to work in hot and uncomfortable conditions in order to help the less fortunate members of society. Some have to cope with loneliness, rejection, and even hostility. Others have even died for their faith. But, even though they do not get any material rewards on earth, they are willing to make these sacrifices in the hope of receiving eternal rewards in heaven.
We pray, not only for the religious, but also for people of all ages and from all walks of life who make sacrifices big or small in order to show compassion to others, and to show others that God's kingdom in heaven is present and active on earth. May the Holy Spirit descend on us, so that we may become messengers and examples of Christ's Good News.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Andy Lecaros, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Cherie Torres
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Mrs. Maritess Balagtas de Jesus. 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: Yolanda B. Capistrano
- Birthday: J. Cesar R. Marin, S.J.
- Birthday: Matthew Harris L. Ngo
… 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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