20 April 2016
Easter Weekday, 4th Week of Easter
Acts 12:24 - 13: 5a / Jn 12: 44 – 50
From the 1st Reading: Acts 12:24 – 25; 13: 2 – 3
Meanwhile the word of God was increasing and spreading. Barnabas and Saul carried out their mission and then came back from Jerusalem, taking with them John also called Mark. . . .
On one occasion while they were celebrating the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul and send them to do the work for which I have called them." So, after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 12:44 – 50
Yet Jesus had said, and even cried out, "Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me, sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me, and does not receive my word, already has a judge: the very word I have spoken will condemn him on the last day.
"For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has instructed me in what to say and how to speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructed me."
In the scriptures, light is equated with God's truth and life. Just as light exposes what is hidden in the darkness, so does God's word enable those with faith, to perceive the truths of God's kingdom. Light also allows living things to grow, just as God's word breathes life to those who receive it with faith.
In today's Gospel, John tells us that Jesus came to bring light into the world, not to judge mankind. It is clear however, that to reject Jesus, is tantamount to rejecting God, and bringing judgement upon oneself. Jesus was sent to bring life and freedom to those who accept Him.
Whoever encounters Jesus and follows Him, walks in God's life-giving light.
"Come, Lord Jesus Christ. Be with us now. Come and renew us. Come, oh, Prince of Peace. Dwell in our hearts. Come, be our way, our truth, and life. Conquer the night. Come, be our light, Emmanuel." ("Come Be Our Light," Manoling Francisco, S.J.)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Cecile C. Sison
Fr. Rufino Sescon Jr.
Nina C. Santamaria
Bro. Stanley Yu-Ming Goh, SJ
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Lim Bin (May 16, 1935 – Apr 20, 2004)
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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