Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Wednesday 7th Week of Easter
Wednesday 7th Week of Easter
Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab / Jn 17: 11b-19
Reading: Acts 20:28-38
Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock the Holy Spirit has placed into your care. Shepherd the Church of the Lord that he has won at the price of his own blood. I know that after I leave, ruthless wolves will come among you and not spare the flock. And from among you, some will arise corrupting the truth and inducing the disciples to follow them. Be on the watch, therefore, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn everyone even with tears. Now I commend you to God and to his grace-filled word, which is able to make you grow and gain the inheritance that you shall share with all the saints. I have not looked for anyone's silver, gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have provided for both my needs and the needs of those who were with me. In every way I have shown you that by so working hard one must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, 'Happiness lies more in giving than in receiving.'" After this discourse, Paul knelt down with them and prayed. Then they all began to weep and threw their arms around him and kissed him. They were deeply distressed because he had said that they would never see him again. And they went with him even to the ship.
Gospel: John 17:11b-19
Holy Father, keep them in your Name (that you have given me,) so that they may be one, just as we are. When I was with them, I kept them safe in your Name, and not one was lost except the one who was already lost, and in this the Scripture was fulfilled. But now I am coming to you and I leave these my words in the world that my joy may be complete in them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world; just as I am not of the world. I do not ask you to remove them from the world but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world; consecrate them in the truth - your word is truth. I have sent them into the world as you sent me into the world, and for their sake, I go to the sacrifice by which filled.
Before his ascension to heaven, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father for his apostles so that they may remain faithful together, that no one gets lost along the way. Jesus says the apostles are not of this world just like him because they are meant for heaven.
We Christians, while we live in the world, don't belong to the world. Since we don't belong to the world, we should be focusing our sights on the heavenly things. But we find ourselves too preoccupied with the earthly things. Sometimes we take the risk to plan our life here on earth without taking into account the fact that we won't and can't stay here on earth forever. We task ourselves working, toiling and living as if we will live here forever. The problem is that being catechized by the world, we have grown roots to the world. Our feet are firmly and solidly planted on this earth that it is difficult to fly up to heaven. We dread the day we die because we start doubting if eternal life exists or not. When we fly in a plane, we have more confidence knowing that eventually we will arrive at our destination. We know that such a place exists and the pilot will fly us there. But in this "flight" we have on earth, sometimes we forget that we have a destination to reach. We forget that we are "parishioners" or pilgrims on earth traveling to our final goal or destination of heaven. That is why Christ is praying for us to believe in him and to consecrate ourselves to the truth which is his word.
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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