05 May 2015
May 5, 2015 TUESDAY, 5th Week of Easter
Acts 14:19 – 28 / Jn 14:27 - 31a
Reading: Acts 14:19 – 28
Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and turned the people against them. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town, leaving him for dead. But when his disciples gathered around him, he stood up and returned to the town. And the next day he left for Derbe with Barnabas.
After proclaiming the gospel in that town and making many disciples, they returned to Lystra and Iconium and on to Antioch. They were strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain firm in the faith, for they said, "We must go through many trials to enter the Kingdom of God." In each church they appointed elders and, after praying and fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had placed their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia, and came to Pamphylia. They preached the Word in Perga and went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had first been commended to God's grace for the task they had now completed.
On their arrival they gathered the Church together and told them all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the non-Jews. They spent a fairly long time there with the disciples.
Gospel: Jn 14:27 - 31a
Jesus said to his disciples, "Peace be with you; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled; do not be afraid. You heard me say: 'I am going away, but I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
"I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen you may believe. It is very little what I may still tell you, for the ruler of this world is at hand, although there is nothing in me that he can claim. But see, the world must know that I love the Father and that I do what the Father has taught me to do. Come now, let us go."
This Gospel reading can show us our lack of trust unto the Lord. We often pray to God and ask for immediate answers and sometimes, we even ask for signs. "Please let there be a rainbow today if yes is the answer to my prayer." And yet when we see a rainbow, we convince ourselves that the answer is not a yes and the rainbow was just a coincidence. It is either because we try to manage our expectations or because we try to give comfort to ourselves when the sign seems unfavorable to us. We lack that sense of peace.
When will we learn to completely trust God? When will we stop asking for immediate answers every time we pray? The signs that we seek are actually what we believe what God wanted to convey with us but in reality, we really do not know what God has planned for us. We often pray the Lord's Prayer and part of it is telling God let not our will but thy will be done. There in his promises and through his words, we will truly find peace.
Lord, teach us how to trust you completely. Forgive us for worrying too much and for not being able to lift everything up to you. Give us the strength to continue carrying our own crosses. Help us understand why things happen. Teach us how to accept your will even if it sometimes is difficult and painful for us.
May we truly seek your peace in all that we do even if at times it seems like such a mystery to us. Please continue to console us with your loving presence. Hopefully, let us realize that real peace can only be found in you. May you continue to guide us in having a forgiving heart, in having an open mind, in letting ourselves become instruments of your peace.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ENRIQUE CASTILLO, JR.
ALEXANDER & DELIA CATAPANG
IN MEMORIAM (+)
ELEUTERIA CHUA SUAN CHIO (MAY 26, 1924 – MAY 5, 2008)
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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