Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Wednesday Fourth Week of Easter
Wednesday Fourth Week of Easter
[Feast, St. Matthias, Apostle]
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 / Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 / Jn 15: 9-17
Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
It was during this time that Peter stood up in the midst of the community - about one hundred and twenty in all - and he said, "Brothers, it was necessary that the Scriptures referring to Judas be fulfilled. The Holy Spirit had spoken through David about the one who would lead the crowd coming to arrest Jesus. He was one of our number and had been called to share our common ministry. In the book of Psalms it is written: Let his house become deserted and may no one live in it. But it is also written: May another take his office. Therefore we must choose someone from among those who were with us during all the time that the Lord Jesus moved about with us, beginning with John's baptism until the day when Jesus was taken away from us. One of these has to become, with us, a witness to his resurrection." Then they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias. They prayed: "You know, Lord, what is in the hearts of all. Show us, therefore, which of the two you have chosen to replace Judas in this apostolic ministry which he deserted to go to the place he deserved." Then they drew lots between the two and the choice fell on Matthias who was added to the eleven apostles.
Gospel: John 15: 9-17
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one's life for one's friends; and you are my friends if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father. You did not choose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is my command, that you love one another.
It is clear in this Gospel that the initiative of the adventure of love of God with us began with the Lord. He took the first step to choose us, and to go out and bear fruit and with fruit that will last. What is this fruit - it is LOVE. Unfortunately, this word is often used and abused by society. Love is a word that is loosely and often shouted, without knowing what love is really about. Christ describes love as the ability to lay down our own life for the other. To lay down our life means to lay down our plans, to lay down our ideas and projections and turn our full attention to the other. And the purpose of this love is to give glory to God who is the ultimate author of love. So that by this love, many people will be drawn to the Father, to believe that the Father exists and chooses us to be co-heirs of His Kingdom. The Father loved us first, by sending His only begotten Son and now we can inherit and share this love with others.
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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