Monday, April 13, 2015
TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
April 14, 2015 TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 4:32 – 37 / Jn 3:7b - 15
Reading: Acts 4:32 – 37
The whole community of believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but rather they shared all things in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, for all of them were living in an exceptional time of grace.
There was no needy person among them, for those who owned land or houses, sold them and brought the proceeds of the sale, And they laid it at the feet of the apostles who distributed it according to each one's need.
This is what a certain Joseph did. He was a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas, meaning: "The encouraging one." He sold a field which he owned and handed the money to the apostles.
Gospel: Jn 3:7b – 15
Because of this, don't be surprised when I say: 'You must be born again from above.'
The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus asked again, "How can this be?" And Jesus answered, "You are a teacher in Israel, and you don't know these things!
Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we witness to the things we have seen, but you don't accept our testimony. If you don't believe when I speak of earthly things, what then, when I speak to you of heavenly things? No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
The first reading speaks of "life in the Christian Community." When one reads these passages, one can't help but feel like the reading is describing an idyllic situation where every person is looking after everyone else, doesn't it? Wouldn't it be a nice change to live in a world where the 'good of the many' outweigh the 'good of one,' or the self?
So what does the first reading talk about? It talks about how we, as Christians, should treat and look out for each other's welfare at all times. Life would be more pleasant if people, all people, treat each other with more kindness, compassion and selflessness? If people care more about others just a little more than they care for themselves and for their own well-being --- the world would be a much better place indeed. But since the world is not as kind as all that --- the best that any one of us can do is to be the first to be kind, to be compassionate and to be more selfless in any situation… and then go from there.
Let us pray for a kinder world so that one day hopefully, we can have a world that will epitomize a 'Christian Community.'
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
PENELOPE JAYDEN S. SY
IN MEMORIAM (+)
SULPICIA Q. SOLAÑA
For the coming marriage of Tony & Lusanda
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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