Monday, April 24, 2017
TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
April 25, 2017 – TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Easter
ST. MARK, Evangelist
1 Pt 5: 5b- 14 / Mk 16: 15- 20
St. Mark, writer of the second Gospel, was a disciple and collaborator of St. Peter, the Apostle. Held as the first Bishop of Alexandria, he is the Patron of Venice and Egypt.
FROM THE 1ST READING: 1 Pt 5: 8- 10
Bow down, then, before the power of God so that he will raise you up at the appointed time. Place all your worries on him since he takes care of you.
Be sober and alert because your enemy the devil prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Stand your ground, firm in your faith, knowing that our brothers and sisters, scattered throughout the world, are confronting similar persecutions. God, the giver of all grace, has called you to share in Christ's eternal Glory and after you have suffered a little he will bring you to perfection: he will confirm, strengthen and establish you forever.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 16: 15- 20
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned. Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: In my name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed."
So, then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God. The Eleven went forth and preached everywhere. While the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs which accompanied them.
Today we say that we have a shortage of "signs" of God: miracles and extraordinary cures and happenings.
True we do not have the signs and wonders which accompanied the ministry and preaching of Jesus and of the apostles in the early Church.
Though we may not have such miracles and wonders, we still see and hear about so many wonders and signs of God's saving love. We see selfless missionaries, clerics, religious and lay, generously preaching the Good News not only in their ordinary lives but even in far-away mission territories. We see generous volunteers visiting the sick and the aged, those in prison and in the slums, providing needed help and bringing hope. We have very generous benefactors feeding the hungry, educating the youth and giving hope to victims of violence and abuse.
Indeed there are so many signs of the Lord God working and accompanying people and the world, if only we could read and see them.
We pray that the Good News be lived more and more even in our days and that we do our share of living and preaching the Good News of Christ's salvation.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ED &JUDY UY TINTOC
IN MEMORIAM (†)
JOVITO YU (FEB.l5, 1948 - APR25,2003)
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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