Monday, April 11, 2016
Easter Weekday, 3rd Week of Easter
12 April 2016
Easter Weekday, 3rd Week of Easter
Acts 7:51 – 8: 1a / Jn 6:30 – 35
From the 1st Reading: Acts 7:55 – 56, 59 – 60
Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at his right hand, so he declared: "I see the heavens open and the Son of Man at the right handof God."
As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed saying: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and said in a loud voice: "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And whe he hadsaid this, he died.
Gospel Reading: Jn 6:30 - 35
They then said, "Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as Scripture says: They were given bread from heaven to eat."
Jesus then said to them, "Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven. My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the One who comes from heaven and gives life to the world." And they said to him, "Give us this bread always."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty."
Bread is a very essential food staple. That's why in the Lord's Prayer, we request to be given our daily bread. This is what sustains us and helps us to keep going through our everyday routine.
Jesus presents himsel to us in the form of bread wherein we will experience real life. Through our participation in the Eucharist, we encounter Christ who wants to be part of our lives. As we allow him into our own reality, hopefully, his true love can permeate through every fiber of our being.
We hunger for companionship and acceptance. Our Lord readily gives that to us without our ever needing to ask him. We thirst for justice and God's mercy. This intricate combination can only be granted from a divine source. When we consume the sacred host, we must also allow ourselves to be consumed likewise by his grace.
Only by his intervention can our thirst be quenched and our hunger satisfied. Through his compassion can we truly feed those who are starving for forgiveness, who are thirsting for a miracle in their lives. Once these prayers have been answered, these lives touched by his presence are never ever the same again.
May we always consume the bread of life as our real sustenance to face the trials and challenges of living today. Let Jesus guide us in likewise feeding those whose hunger can only be satiated with his love. Our thirst for all that is good can only be overcome by our deep belief in him. This good food is meant for our own good.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Annabel Uy Braganza
Leizel April E. Taquique
J. Cesar R. Marin, SJ (Presbyteral Ordination)
IN MEMORIAM (+)
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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