Tuesday, April 18, 2017
April 19, 2017 - EASTER WEDNESDAY
Acts 3: 1 - 10 / Lk 24: 13 – 35
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 3: 1 - 2, 6 -Sa
Once when Peter and John were going up to the Temple at three in the afternoon, the hour of prayer, a man crippled from birth was being carried in. Every day they would bring him and put him at the Temple gate called "Beautiful"; there he begged from those who entered the Temple....
Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, walk!" Then he took the beggar by his right hand and helped him up. At once his feet and ankles became firm, and jumping up he stood on his feet and began to walk.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 24: 25- 32, 35
Jesus said to them, "How dull you are, how slow in understanding! You fail to believe the messages of the prophets. Is it not written that the Christ should suffer all this and then enter his glory?" Then starting with Moses and going through the prophets, he explained to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, "Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over." So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?"
... Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
The Gospel reading is about the two despondent disciples on their way to Emmaus. Though they did not recognize him, the risen Jesus joins them on their journey and explains to them what the Scriptures said about the Messiah. At their destination, they recognize Jesus "when he broke bread with them."
In the first reading Peter and John cure the man crippled from birth who begged at the "Beautiful" gate of the Temple, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, walk!"
In both readings we see the reality and the power of the risen Lord, of Jesus the Messiah. We believe that the risen Lord, God and man, sits in power at the Father's right hand ready to listen to us and to intercede with the Father for us. May we know and recognize him in our lives; may his grace and assistance be with us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (†)
ELIZABETH SUN (JAN.12, 1957 ·APR 19, 1999)
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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