April 24, 2015 FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Easter
Acts 9:1 – 20 / Jn 6:52 - 59
Reading: Acts 9:1 – 20
Meanwhile Saul considered nothing but violence and death for the disciples of the Lord. He went to the High Priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues of Damascus that would authorize him to arrest and bring to Jerusalem anyone he might find, man or woman, belonging to the Way.
As he traveled along and was approaching Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?" And he asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice replied, "I am Jesus whom you persecute. Now get up and go into the city; there you will be told what you are to do."
The men who were traveling with him stood there speechless: they had heard the sound, but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground and, opening his eyes, he could not see. They took him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. He was blind and he did not eat or drink for three days.
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, to whom the Lord called in a vision, "Ananias!" He answered, "Here I am, Lord!" Then the Lord said to him, "Go at once to Straight Street and ask, at the house of Judas, for a man of Tarsus named Saul. You will find him praying, for he has just seen in a vision that a man named Ananias has come in and placed his hands upon him, to restore his sight."
Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, and now he is here with authority from the High Priest to arrest all who call upon your name." But the Lord said to him, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to bring my name to the pagan nations and their kings, and the people of Israel as well. I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer for my name."
So Ananias left and went to the house. He laid his hands upon Saul and said, "Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me to you so that you may receive your sight and be filled with Holy Spirit." Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he could see; he got up and was baptized. Then he took food and was strengthened.
For several days Saul stayed with the disciples at Damascus, and he soon began to proclaim in the synagogues that Jesus was the Son of God.
Gospel: Jn 6:52 - 59
The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us flesh to eat?" So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood live with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.
My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood, live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."
Jesus spoke in this way in Capernaum when he taught them in the synagogue.
Everything on earth has a time limit, an expiry date. There is no eternal warranty nor guarantee on things of this world. Nothing is forever. Therefore, even the best preserved food eventually spoils; the most durable car eventually breaks down; the best computer gets obsolete; the most advanced cell phone goes out of fashion; our clothes will get worn out. Last of all, our bodies will start aging and joints start aching. And then we realize painfully that even our bodies have an expiry date. We are limited human beings.
It is for this reason that Christ offers us bread that will last forever. Do we want to live forever? It is now possible with the bread that Jesus offers us. He gives us part of himself, which is eternal!
God can share his divine nature with us through his Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus came into our midst – to clothe us with this eternity. This is the gift of our Baptism and is constantly renewed in every Eucharist when we partake of the body and blood of our Lord in the form of bread and wine offered to us.
Our life has no direction, no meaning if we do not include God in the picture. It is Christ who runs the engines of our lives, helping us to discover the reason why God has put us on this earth.
Let us remember that material things do not last, nor will they give us real happiness. Therefore, let us not put nor stake our lives on material things. The world cannot give us much consolation nor salvation. It may entertain us for brief moments, but in crucial moments, it will abandon us.
Christ instead looks for us, runs after us, cares for us. Let us welcome him instead. Let us accept his offer to eat his bread and drink his blood so that we may forever experience his unfailing love.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
EVELYN CO YU
JUSTIN TIMONTHY O. CHOI
IN MEMORIAN (+)
LIAO HO KIM TEE
LUISA V. BULAONG
THOMAS O'GORMAN, SR.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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