Friday, May 09, 2014
Saturday Third Week of Easter
Saturday Third Week of Easter
[St. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka'I; St. John of Avila]
Acts 9: 31-42 / Ps 116: 12-13, 14-15, 16-17 / Jn 6: 60-69
Reading: Acts 9: 31-42
Meanwhile, the Church had peace. It was building up throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria with eyes turned to the Lord and filled with comfort from the Holy Spirit. As Peter traveled around, he went to visit the saints who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed, and had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!" And the man got up at once. All the people living in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. There was a disciple in Joppa named Tabitha, which means Dorcas or Gazelle. She was always doing good works and helping the poor. At that time she fell sick and died. After having washed her body, they laid her in the upstairs room. As Lydda is near Joppa, the disciples, on hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter went with them. On his arrival they took him upstairs to the room. All the widows crowded around him in tears, showing him the clothes that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter made them all leave the room and then he knelt down and prayed. Turning to the dead body he said, "Tabitha, stand up." She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the saints and widows and presented her to them alive. This became known throughout all of Joppa and many people believed in the Lord because of it.
Gospel: Jn 6: 60-69
After hearing this, many of Jesus' followers said, "This language is very hard! Who can accept it?" Jesus was aware that his disciples were murmuring about this and so he said to them, "Does this offend you? Then how will you react when you see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh cannot help. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But among you there are some who do not believe." From the beginning, Jesus knew who would betray him. So he added, "As I have told you, no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." After this many disciples withdrew and no longer followed him. Jesus asked the Twelve, "Will you also go away?" Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We now believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
Faith, simply defined by Merriam-Webster, is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. True, faith is a belief in something or someone for which there is no real and direct proof. And it is obvious that Jesus understood this human frailty of ours. In the gospel, he indicated he knew who would believe and who would not. It would seem that it is that innate knowledge of our human failings is why the Lord performed miracles while spreading the Words of Eternal Life so that we may truly accept and believe. And in so doing, his deeds and his reputation preceded him.
But now in the 21st century, miracles of bible standards are few and far between. So how do we convince ourselves that the Lord is real? Have you seen or experienced a miracle that helped you validate your faith in God lately? Understandably, you have noticed that the miracles nowadays are not comparable to raising Tabitha to life; and yet miracles still do abound. The question that begs the asking is this, what miracle has the Lord done for you? Remember, think smaller scale but momentous none the less. Maybe, if we remember the little miracles in our own lives, believing in God and his words would not be so difficult.
Let us all pray to remember all the miracles, big or small, that the Lord has worked for us in answer to our prayers. And let us be grateful and believe.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... 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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