Monday, March 28, 2016
29 March 2016
Acts 2: 36– 41 / Jn 20:11 – 18
From the 1st Reading: Acts 2:38 - 41
Peter answered: "Each of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise of God was made to you and your children, and to all those from afar whom God may call."
With many other words Peter gave the message and appealed to them saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who accepted his word were baptized; some three thousand persons were added to their number that day.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 20:11 - 18
Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she bent down to look inside; she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, and the other at the feet. They said, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She answered, "Because they have taken my Lord and I don't know where they have put him."
As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize him. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and answered him, "Lord, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni" – which means, Master. Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me; you see I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them: I am ascending to my Father, who is your Father, to my God, who is your God."
So Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord, and this is what he said to me."
How many times have we failed to recognize the presence of the Lord in our lives? More often than not, when things do not go our way, our immediate reaction is to think that God has abandoned us. We let our emotions and anxiety take over. We forget to pray. We even blame God for what seems to be a setback. We lose faith. Then, as our senses return and we are able to think better, we discover that it was actually a blessing in disguise. We had to face the trial to enable us to become better people and to achieve a better ending. Only then did we realize that "it was the Lord!"
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Maricris B. Arrogancia
Eustaquio T.C. Acero
John Matthew Cheng
John Eos Trinidad
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Asela So Sy (Dec 7, 1920 – Mar 29, 2005)
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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