Thursday, May 16, 2013



MAY 17, 2013

Acts 25:13-21 / Ps 103: 1-2. 11-12. 19-20ab / Jn 21:15-19

Acts 25:13-21
Some days later King Agrippa and his sister Bernice arrived in Caesarea to greet Festus. As they were to stay there several days, Festus told the king about Paul's case and said to him, "We have here a man whom Felix left as a prisoner. When I was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews accused him and asked me to sentence him. I told them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over a man without giving him an opportunity to defend himself in front of his accusers. So they came and I took my seat without delay on the tribunal and sent for the man. When the accusers had the floor, they did not accuse him of any of the crimes that I was led to think he had committed; instead they quarreled with him about religion and about a certain Jesus who has died but whom Paul asserted to be alive. I did not know what to do about this case, so I asked Paul if he wanted to go to Jerusalem to be tried there. But Paul appealed to be judged by the emperor. So I ordered that he be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar."

John 21:15-19
After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." And Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." A second time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" And Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Look after my sheep." And a third time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was saddened because Jesus asked him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus then said, "Feed my sheep! Truly, I say to you, when you were young, you put on your belt and walked where you liked. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will put a belt around you, and lead you where you do not wish to go." Jesus said this to make known the kind of death by which Peter was to glorify God. And he added, "Follow me."

After his resurrection, Jesus showed himself on a number of occasions to his disciples. One time, on the Lake of Tiberias, Peter, together with some of the other diciples, went fishing throughout the night. It was something that they were very accustomed to doing. Perhaps the familiarity of fishing gave them some consolation and helped them sort things out, after having experienced the most extraordinary events of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection, in the previous days.

At daybreak, Jesus was standing on the shore, and asked if they had any luck catching any fish. When they answered "Nothing," Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. And they hauled in a great number of fish. It was only then that they recognized Jesus, who invited them to have breakfast with him on the shore.

After breakfast, Jesus gently asked Simon Peter three times if Peter loved him. There was no rebuke from Jesus, which Peter would have justly deserved and expected for denying knowing the Lord three times when he was arrested. And Peter answered three times that he loved Jesus. It must have been a poignant moment for Peter when the Lord gave him the chance to redeem himself and affirm his love face to face. "Follow me." Jesus then entrusts the care of his flock, the people he has saved, to Peter, the first Pope, the Vicar of Christ.

At the end of our life, Jesus will not ask us how successful we were or what great things we did. He will ask, "Do you love me?" We pray that we can answer with our whole being like Simon Peter did, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Cecilia Katigbak
- Lucenita de Veyra Sartaguda
- Chi Chi Fajardo Robles
- Edward Unson
- Elvie Zuniga
- Rizza
- Pilar David, Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, Mon Torres, and Fleur Torres
- Cecilia Katigbak
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
… 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
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Chuck Nitorreda
- Eleanor Shaw Go
- Alejandro Lecaros
- McLarry San Antonio
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: Desiderio Co
- Wedding Anniversary: Daisy & Joseph Chua
… 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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