Friday, May 23, 2014


Saturday Fifth Week of Easter

May 24, 2014 
Saturday Fifth Week of Easter
[Memorial, Santa Maria Della Strada (Our Lady of the Wayside)]

Acts 16: 1-10 / Ps 100: 1b-2, 3, 5 / Jn 15: 18-21 

Reading: Acts 16:1-10
Paul traveled on to Derbe and then to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy lived there, whose mother was a believer of Jewish origin but whose father was a Greek. As the believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him, Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him. So he took him and, because of the Jews of that place who all knew that his father was a Greek, he circumcised him. As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions of the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, for the people to obey. Meanwhile, the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number every day. They traveled through Phrygia and Galatia, because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to do this. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. There one night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and begged him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" When he awoke, he told us of this vision and we understood that the Lord was calling us to give the Good News to the Macedonian people.    

Gospel:  John 15: 18-21
"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.

     The gospel speaks of the hatred of the world. "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. You see, it's nothing personal, but it gives you an idea of what life has in store for you when you choose to follow Christ Jesus. Because, to live a life awash with Christian values is to live in such a way as to be contrary to societal motivations, dictates and personal agenda. It is to live apart from what is considered acceptable by the world. If we live our lives guided by our love and faith in Jesus, we will be persecuted by the "world." Maybe we won't be literally stoned for how we live and what we believe, but we will be judged, criticized or even shunned for who we follow. Yet, even in so knowing, why do some people persist in following Jesus Christ?  Why would we subject ourselves to society and risk persecution at all? Why? In that "we love, because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19) In short, even though we know that following Jesus Christ may be filled with hatred and persecution; we persevere, because we are loved.
     Points for reflection: Have you experienced being judged, persecuted or ridiculed for your religious beliefs? Think about those instances when you were ridiculed or criticized for your faith and remember how it made you feel. If yes, do you still believe in Jesus Christ? Why?

Prayer Requests:
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
... for personal intentions
     * Dennis Uy

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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