Friday, April 22, 2016
Saturday, 4th Week of Easter
23 April 2016
Saturday, 4th Week of Easter
St. George, Martyr;
St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr
Acts 13: 44 – 52 / Jn 14:7 – 14
Popularly featured as a knight slaying a dragon, St. George (d 303) was martyred during the persecution of Diocletian. He is the Patron Saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Genoa and Venice.
St. Adalbert (956 – 997), Bishop of Prague, preached the Gospel in eastern Europe and was martyred in Prussia.
Gospel Reading: Jn 14: 7-14
Jesus to his disciples, "If you know me, you will know the Father also; indeed you know him and you have seen him."
Philip asked him, "Lord, show us the Father and that is enough." Jesus said to him, "What! I have been with you so long and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees the Father; how can you say: 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
"All that I say to you, I do not say of myself. The Father who dwells in me is doing his own work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; at least believe it on the evidence of these works that I do.
"Truly, I say to you, the one who believes in me will do the same works that I do; and he will even do greater than these, for I am going to the Father. Everything you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. And everything you ask in calling upon my Name, I will do."
In the Gospel reading, Jesus says clearly that it is the Father who enables him to do good works. He also says that his mission is to do what the Father tells him to do.
This is also true for the saints. St. George was a tribune in the Roman army when he converted to Christianity. Immediately he gave up all his worldly possessions and gave them to the poor. He left the army and was subsequently martyred for standing up for the faith. His death inspired many others to die for the Lord. Who inspired St. George to do all this? Obviously, the Lord, his Master and Savior.
St. Adalbert was a pagan convert to Catholicism. He became the Bishop of Prague and he evangelized the Poles and Hungarians. Encountering much opposition, he was martyred trying to convert the Baltic Prussians. St. Adalbert also listened to the voice of God when doing his evangelical work.
Have you heard the voice of God in your life? After He helps sort out our aimless lives, sometimes He invites some of us to do more for Him. Have you heard this calling?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ
Bianca Dy Siy
Teodoro V. Calaunan Jr
Mauricio & Naty Go de Jesus and Family
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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