Sunday, May 18, 2014
Monday Fifth Week of Easter
Monday Fifth Week of Easter
Acts 14: 5-18 / Ps 115: 1-2, 3-4, 15-16 / Jn 14: 21-26
Reading: Acts 14:5-18
A move was made by pagans and Jews, together with their leaders, to harm the apostles and to stone them. But Paul and Barnabas learned of this and fled to the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding countryside, where they continued preaching the Good News. Paul and Barnabas spent a fairly long time at Lystra. There was a crippled man in Lystra who had never been able to stand or walk. One day, as he was listening to the preaching, Paul looked intently at him and saw that he had the faith to be saved. So he spoke to him in a loud voice, "In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to stand up on your feet!" And the man stood up and began to walk around. When the people saw what Paul had done, they cried out in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come to us in human likeness!" They named Barnabas Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. Even the priest of the Temple of Zeus, which stood outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gate; together with the people, he wanted to offer sacrifice to them. When Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their garments to show their indignation and rushed into the crowd, shouting, "Friends, why are you doing this? We are human beings with the same weakness you have and we are now telling you to turn away from these useless things to the living God who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed each nation to go its own way, though he never stopped making himself known; for he is continually doing good, giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, providing you with food and filling your hearts with gladness." Even these words could hardly keep the crowd from offering sacrifice to them.
Gospel: John 14: 21-26
Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him." Judas - not the Iscariot - asked Jesus, "Lord, how can it be that you will show yourself clearly to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and make a room in his home. But if anyone does not love me, he will not keep my words, and these words that you hear are not mine but the Father's who sent me. I told you all this while I was still with you. From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you."
"... All you ask in my name, I will give you." (Jn 15:16)
A promise and assurance of Jesus to us believers, it is a continuation of his teaching about his relationship with the Father as well as an introduction of the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Triune God. Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit which he affirms he will send. Indeed it is beyond human comprehension. He is already in them yet Jesus is going to send Him to them. If we take the simplistic meaning of this statement, our understanding is truly human but with the gift of faith it is a reality by which the loving God unites us with Him. Let us take for example, Jesus' statement: "If you say to this mountain move there, it will." Let us take the example of the reclamation areas. Did the project engineer say to the water to move over and give us the land? But Jesus says everything you ask in my name I'll give, we are fast to explain. We may not seem to realize it, but Jesus must have given us another thing. Another example: A missionary once wanted to lead the parish youth to sing during the Sunday Mass. But he could not carry a tune himself. So he asked the group to recommend one who can really lead them to sing properly. The name of a former youth leader was suggested, one who had not been going to church for a long time already. The missionary talked to him and asked for his help to teach the youth to sing in church for Sunday masses. This youth leader agreed. Because of the choir, this young man returned to church and went to mass regularly.
"All you ask in my name, I will give you."
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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