Thursday, May 15, 2014
Friday Fourth Week of Easter
Friday Fourth Week of Easter
[Memorial, St. Andrew Bobola]
Acts 13: 26-33 / Ps 2: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab / Jn 14: 1-6
Reading: Acts 13: 26-33
Brothers, children and descendants of Abraham, and you also who fear God, it is to you that this message of salvation has been sent. It is a fact that the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize Jesus. Yet in condemning him, they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath but not understood. Even though they found no charge against him that deserved death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And after they had carried out all that had been written concerning him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days thereafter he showed himself to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They have now become his witnesses before the people. We ourselves announce to you this Good News: All that God promised our ancestors, he has fulfilled for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus, according to what is written in the second psalm: You are my Son, today I have begotten you.
Gospel: John 14:1-6
"Do not be troubled; trust in God and trust in me. In my Father's house there are many rooms. Otherwise I would not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you. After I have gone and prepared a place for you, I shall come again and take you to me, so that where I am, you also may be. Yet you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.
Today is the memorial feast of St. Andrew Bobola. It is always good to get to know the saints who have gathered spiritual riches and who continually intercede for us. St. Andrew Bobola was born in 1590 to an illustrious Polish family. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1611, was ordained in 1622 and made his solemn vow in 1630. He was superior and preacher at Bobruisk and devotedly served during a plague epidemic. He began work in the Lithuanian missions in 1636, when Cossacks, Russians and Tatars were attacking Poland, and the Catholic faith was fiercely opposed by Protestants and schismatics. He was persecuted by the schismatics who worked to stop the exercise of his apostolic work. He was assaulted and beaten by two Cossacks on May 10, 1657. They then dragged him with their horses to continue his torture at Janow. There he was burned, half-strangled, flayed, and finally decapitated by saber on May 16,1657. His remains were transferred to Polosk from the Pinsk collegiate church of the Society of Jesus. In 1853, Pope Pius IX declared Father Bobola Blessed.
Even today the field on which our faith is planted continues to be watered by the blood of martyrs. May our hearts be touched by the many examples of martyrs like St. Andrew Bobola who bravely embraced death rather than betray the Lord of our lives!
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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