Wednesday, April 20, 2016


St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

21 April 2016
Easter Weekday, 4th Week of Easter
St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Acts 13:13 – 25 / Jn 13:16 – 20    

Born in Burgundy in Italy, St. Anselm (1033 – 1109) became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 and was named Primate of England.  He is called the Father of Scholastic Theology.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 13:16 – 19, 23 – 25
So Paul arose, motioned to them for silence and began, "Fellow Israelites and also all of you who fear God, listen.  The God of our people Israel chose our ancestors, and after he had made them increase during their stay in Egypt, he led them out by powerful deeds.  For forty years he fed them in the desert, and after he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. . . .

"It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised savior of Israel, Jesus.  Before he appeared John proclaimed a baptism   of repentance for all the people of Israel.  As John was ending his life's work, he said, 'I am not what you think I am, for after me another one is coming whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.' "

Gospel Reading: Jn 13:16 - 20
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him.  Understand this, and blessed are you if you put it into practice. I am not speaking of you all, because I know the ones I have chosen and the Scripture has to be fulfilled that says, the one who shared my table has risen against me. I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am he. Truly, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me."

The season of Easter gives us the message of hope in rising to new life with Christ.  In the Gospel reading, Christ tells us that whoever receives the one he has sent receives him. And whoever received Christ receives the Father who has sent him.

In baptism all of us are commissioned and sent by Christ to join him in his mission.  We are called to holiness; we are tasked to change for the better, to rise to new life with Christ, to become witnesses of his love and of hope in his resurrection and triumph. 

Jesus' words assures that he will be with us as he send us to be his witnesses,  He assures us of his grace and assistance to share the wonderful news that Christ has risen, that God loves us.  Let us trust him in this wonderful call and mission.


     Leo Labrador
     Joaquin Enrique Tan
     Warren Dy Lo

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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