Monday, May 12, 2014
Tuesday Fourth Week of Easter
Tuesday Fourth Week of Easter
Our Lady of Fatima
Acts 11:19-26 / Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 / Jn 10:22-30
Reading: Acts 11:19-26
Those who had been scattered because of the persecution over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message, but only to the Jews. But there were some natives of Cyprus and Cyrene among them who, on coming into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, giving them the good news of the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them so that a great number believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the manifest signs of God's favor, he rejoiced and urged them all to remain firmly faithful to the Lord; for he himself was a good man filled with Holy Spirit and faith. Thus large crowds came to know the Lord. Then Barnabas went off to Tarsus to look for Saul and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they had meetings with the Church and instructed many people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.
Gospel: John 10: 22-30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter and Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have already told you but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name proclaim who I am, but you don't believe because, as I said, you are not my sheep. My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal life. They shall never perish and no one will ever steal them from me. What the Father has given me is above everything else and no one can snatch it from the Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
For us Christians, the gospel is a great consolation because Jesus says that no one can steal us from him and the Father. This means that whoever has a true and authentic experience of God will cling to him always and invoke his name when he is in trouble. Then Jesus will come to his aid and protect him from the evil one. From this we can see that the Christian life is a combat, but we have the Lord at our side like a brave and mighty warrior. So we must always seek to deepen our relationship with God once we have started to follow Him.
One way is by doing what our Lady of Fatima told the three young visionaries, "Say the Rosary every day... Pray a lot and offer sacrifice for sinners." Now we have still another person on our side, and that is the Blessed Mother. She also said at Fatima, "Only I will be able to help you....in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph." Mary is our Mother in heaven who intercedes to Jesus for us. She is also an image of the Church which continues to wage war against the devil here on earth by bringing as many people as is possible to God. So our life here on earth is quite exciting. Christians will never have a dull moment in their lives because we have a great mission - to bring people to the kingdom of God.
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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