Friday, May 16, 2014
Saturday Fourth Week of Easter
Saturday Fourth Week of Easter
Acts 13: 44-52 / Ps 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 / Jn 14: 7-14
Reading: Acts 13: 44-52
The following Sabbath almost the entire city gathered to listen to Paul, who spoke a fairly long time about the Lord. But the presence of such a crowd made the Jews jealous. So they began to oppose with insults whatever Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out firmly, saying, "It was necessary that God's word be first proclaimed to you, but since you now reject it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life, we turn to non-Jewish people. For thus we were commanded by the Lord: I have set you as a light to the pagan nations, so that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." Those who were not Jews rejoiced when they heard this and praised the message of the Lord, and all those destined for everlasting life believed in it. Thus the Word spread throughout the whole region. Some of the Jews, however, incited God-fearing women of the upper class and the leading men of the city, as well, and stirred up an intense persecution against Paul and Barnabas. Finally they had them expelled from their region. The apostles shook the dust from their feet in protest against this people and went to Iconium, leaving the disciples filled with joy and Holy Spirit.
Gospel: Jn 14: 7-14
If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him and you have seen him." Philip asked him,"Lord, show us the Father and that is enough." Jesus said to him, "What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees the Father; how can you say: 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do. Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. And everything you ask in calling upon my Name, I will do.
As we live our lives day in and day out, we all go through cycles of good fortune and misfortune and then the cycle repeats. But there are times when the misfortune seems to keep coming and then occasionally, we feel like we experienced just about as much as we can take.
The past few Saturdays, the gospel has been full of proclamations of the Father being in the Son as the Son is in the Father. So instead of focusing on that aspect of the gospel, we focus on his promise at the end --- "If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it." (John 14:14) Knowing this promise, why do we still worry about our life? Do we not believe the Lord when he said that he would do it? Do we not believe that his aim for us is for our welfare and a life full of hope, as he promised in Jeremiah 29:11?
We worry, because to believe in the Lord's promises is to let go and let God; to let God take control of our lives for us and where it will go. And letting go and letting God isn't as easy as it sounds.
So reflect on this... Have you ever hit rock bottom? What did you do? Did you remember Jesus? Because, if not, don't you think it's time you do?
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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