07 April 2016
Thursday, 2nd Week of Easter
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest
Acts 5:27 – 33 / Jn 3:31 – 36
Born in Rheims, St. John Baptist de la Salle (1651 – 1719), a priest, organized the Brothers of the Christian Schools and is known as the Father of Modern Pedagogy.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 5:27 – 32
So they brought them in and made them stand before the Council and the High Priest questioned them, "We gave you strict orders not to preach such a Savior; but you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend charging us with the killing of this man."
To this Peter and the apostles replied, "Better for us to obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a wooden post. . . . We are witnesses to all these things, as well as the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."
Gospel Reading: Jn 3:31 – 36
John said, "He who comes from above is above all; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth and his words, too, are earthly. The One who comes from heaven speaks of the things he has seen and heard; he bears witness to this but on one accepts his testimony. Whoever does receive his testimony acknowledges the truthfulness of God.
"The one sent by God speaks God's words and gives the Spirit without measure. For the Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything into his hands. Whoever believes in the Son lives with eternal life, but he who will not believe in the Son will never know life and always the justice of God."
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles Peter and the apostles tell the leaders who had given them orders to stop preaching about Jesus that they could not but preach about the Lord Jesus: "Better for us to obey God rather than any human authority." Before he ascended back to his heavenly Father, Jesus instructed them to preach the Good News, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation." (Mk16:15) No one can stop them from sharing the Good News with others, Jew or Gentile, male or female.
In the Gospel reading John whose role was to prepare for the coming of the Lord as Messiah informs his listeners that the One to come represents God and will speak for God. Indeed when Jesus came, he not only spoke for God his Father. He entrusted himself completely to the Father and the Father's will: at his agony in the garden, "Father, if it is your will, remove this cup from me; still not my will but yours be done." (Lk 22: 42) And his dying prayer, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." (Lk 23: 46)
Following Jesus, are we able to live out what we pray in the Our Father, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven"?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
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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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