30 April 2016
Saturday, 5th Week of Easter
St. Pius V, Pope
Acts 16:1 – 10 / Jn 15:18 – 21
Pope St. Pius V (1504 – 1572) enforced reforms from the Council of Trent, published the Roman Catechism and revised the Roman Missal and the Divine Office.
From the 1st Reading: Acts 16:1– 3, 9 - 10
Paul traveled on to Derbe and then to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy lived there, whose mother was a believer of Jewis origin but whose father was a Greek. As the beievers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him, Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him. So he took hiem and, because of the Jews of that place who all knew that his father was Greek, he circumcised him.
There one night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and begged him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" When he awoke, he told us of this vision and we understood that the Lord was clling us to give the Good News to the Macedonian people.
Gospel Reading: Jn 15:18 - 21
Jesus said to the disciples, "If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me before you. This would not be so if you belonged to the world, because the world loves its own. But you are not of the world since I have chosen you from the world; because of this the world hates you.
"Remember what I told you: the servant is not greater than his master; if they persecuted me, they will persecute you, too. If they kept my word, they keep yours as well. All this they will do to you for the sake of my name because they do not know the One who sent me."
God is always guiding the Church in her growth. In the first reading, St. Paul recruits Timothy who eventually became the bishop of Cyprus. Then, listening to the Holy Spirit, Paul decides to evangelize in Troas and Macedonia.
The Lord guides and strengthens Paul in all his missionary journeys. However, he encounters much opposition from Jews and non-believing Gentiles.
Thus is fulfilled in Paul's life and ministry Jesus' words about his followers being persecuted. For various reasons, many refuse to listen and accept the Goid News. For various reasons many times have those who preach the Good News also reviled and persecuted.
Evil wants to destroy good while good wants to conquer evil with love and kindness. The fight seems so unequal but God's weakness is man's strength. Through death and persecution, many people have been converted to the faith. Through the shedding of the blood of many martyrs, many have entered the sheepfold. We continue to bring the Good News to all for the sake of those who will believe.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Filomena Ll Naranjilla
Marie Joy A. Tiu
Arturo & Amelia Marin
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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