19 April 2016?
Easter Weekday, 4th Week of Easter
Acts 11: 19 – 26 / Jn 10: 22 – 30
From the 1st Reading: Acts 11:19 – 21
Those who had been scattered because of the persecution over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message, but only to the Jews. But there were some natives of Cyprus and Cyrene among them who, on coming into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, giving them the good news of the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them so that a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 10:22 - 30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter, and Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have already told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name proclaim who I am, but you don't believe because, as I said, you are not my sheep.
"My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, and no one will ever steal them from me. What the Father has given me is above everything else, and no one can snatch it from out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
"I have told you, but you do not believe." How little faith we have. When Jesus openly proclaimed that He and the Father are one, no one believed Him. Thus, the only way for Him to open their eyes was to perform miracles. Some believed, yet others like the Pharisees chose instead to not only question, but look for flaws. Their attachment to material wealth and power were so great that they were blinded to the truth. And it did not help that Jesus was also perceived as a threat to their political stature.
Faith is a gift from God. God invites us to freely receive this gift. It is only through his Grace that we can recognize God's tremendous power and God's unconditional love for us. Jesus said, "The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice." Let our prayer be for the Grace that will open our eyes and our ears to whatever we need to strengthen our faith.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Elizabeth Sun (Jan 12, 1957 – Apr 19, 1999)
For the healing of Telma Ferrari who has a brain tumor.
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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