April 30, 2015 THURSDAY, 4th Week of Easter
St. Pius V, Pope
Acts 13:13 – 25 / Jn 13:16 -20
[St. Pope Pius V (1504 – 1572) enforced reforms from the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism and revised the Roman Missal and the Divine Office.]
Reading: Acts 13:13 – 25
From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and came to Perga in Pamphylia. There John left them and returned to Jerusalem while they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent this message to them, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the assembly, please speak up."
So Paul arose, motioned to them for silence and began, "Fellow Israelites and also all you who fear God, listen. The God of our people Israel chose our ancestors, and after he had made them increase during their stay in Egypt, he led them out by powerful deeds. For forty years he fed them in the desert, and after he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took four hundred and fifty years. After that, he gave them Judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, and he was king for forty years. After that time, God removed him and raised up David as king, to whom he bore witness saying: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all I want him to do.
It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised savior of Israel, Jesus. Before he appeared, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel. As John was ending his life's work, he said: 'I am not what you think I am, for after me another one is coming whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.'
Gospel: Jn 13:16 - 20
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him. Understand this, and blessed are you if you put it into practice.
"I am not speaking of you all, because I know the ones I have chosen and the Scripture has to be fulfilled that says, The one who shared my table has risen against me. I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am He.
"Truly, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me."
In the first reading, St. Paul is preaching about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The whole of the Acts of the Apostles is a repeated announcement of the Good News. But who is Jesus Christ for you? Is he the master or the servant? Let us read the Gospel passage for the day.
In the world, there is a rat race to becoming the first – first in authority, in power, in respect and most of all, in financial stability. This then becomes the goal in the lives of many people. But what happens to those who cannot make it? They occupy the lower ranks of society, they are the subordinates, the servants, the "utusan", etc.
Yet Christ, though he was the master, humbled himself and took the situation of a servant. He entered the last place, the place which all of us dislike and reject. No one wants to be humiliated, to be a loser. Yet Christ disregarded his Lordship and was not ashamed to be the last, the least. He willingly accepted a shameful death in order to save us.
And God the Father raised him up and gave him the greatest honor and glory of being at his right hand in heaven. From there, Jesus continually intercedes for us and grants us salvation. So then this should be our goal – to go to heaven where our master is and not look for human honors and prestige. If we follow Christ, our discipleship is not only of the resurrection, but also the cross as well. Yet after the cross, there is the resurrection. This is the Good News of salvation.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
FILOMENA LL. NARANJILLA
SHIRLEY TEE TEN
ARTURO & AMELIA MARIN
IN MEMORIAM (+)
TAN SING LIM
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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