Tuesday, May 14, 2013
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YR I
MAY 15, 2013
MEMORIAL, ISIDORE THE FARMER
WEDNESDAY 7TH WEEK OF EASTER – YR I
Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68: 29-30. 33-35a. 35bc-36ab / Jn 17:11-19
Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock the Holy Spirit has placed into your care. Shepherd the Church of the Lord that he has won at the price of his own blood. I know that after I leave, ruthless wolves will come among you and not spare the flock. And from among you, some will arise corrupting the truth and inducing the disciples to follow them. Be on the watch, therefore, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn every one even with tears. Now I commend you to God and to his grace-filled word, which is able to make you grow and gain the inheritance that you shall share with all the saints. I have not looked for anyone's silver, gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have provided for both my needs and the needs of those who were with me. In every way I have shown you that by working hard one must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, `Happiness lies more in giving than in receiving.'" After this discourse, Paul knelt down with them and prayed. Then they all began to weep and threw their arms around him and kissed him. They were deeply distressed because he had said that they would never see him again. And they went with him even to the ship.
I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me in your name, so that they may be one, as we also are one. When I was with them, I kept them safe in your name; and not one was lost, except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled. And now I come to you; in the world I speak these things, so that those whom you gave me, might have joy—all my joy— within themselves. I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask you to remove them from the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. I have sent them into the world, as you sent me into the world; and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which I am consecrated, so that they too may be consecrated in truth.
In the first reading, St. Paul tells the elders of the community at Ephesus to protect the flock and be on guard for themselves. Who are the enemies of the Church? Who are the wolves in our generation that seek to destroy the Christian community? These would be the people who preach immorality, selfishness, materialism, greed, and godlessness. These false prophets have poisoned many people's minds and desired to infect Christians with their venom. We all have to be on guard against them. When we waver in the face of temptation, we should ask for help from our Christian brothers who can pray for and counsel us. Sometimes our faith is not enough. We need to have the faith of the Church, of a body of Christians who resolutely resist evil through the power of grace, the power of the Holy Spirit. We must also be wary in case the enemy is in our ranks, and fight him off using the weapons of God – purity, sincerity, courage, faith and zeal to announce the gospel. Through prayer, we can also stop the attacks of the devil because prayer strengthens our faith.
In the gospel, Jesus himself prays for his disciples and asks God the Father to protect them. The Father and Jesus will protect those who invoke their name. So let us not be afraid of the enemy. Let us consecrate ourselves to the truth which is God. Every morning we must pray to God to protect us from evil and to preserve the Christian community. We belong to a body, so we do not fight alone; we have brothers and sisters entering into battle every day against the devil, against evil.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Nick Lucena
- Cecilia Katigbak
- Lucenita de Veyra Sartaguda
- Chi Chi Fajardo Robles
- Edward Unson
- Elvie Zuniga
… for the personal intentions of
- Apacible family
- Art & Elvie Zuniga family
- CFC Kids for Christ NB School Base
- CFC Kids for Christ NB3 Cluster
- Beny Chua
… Birthday: Elizabeth Lim
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Chuck Nitorreda
- Eleanor Shaw Go
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: Amiel R. Amurao
- Birthday: Ivan Gabriel S. Santos
- Birthday: Elvie O. Garces
- Wedding Anniversary: Celestina & Dionisio L. Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Theresita & Fermin Tan
- Prayer Intention: Dionisio Lim Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Libertino Ibe
… 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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