May 4, 2017 – THURSDAY, 3RD Week of Easter
St. Jose Maria Rubio, Priest
Acts 8: 26 - 40 / Jn 6: 44 - 51
St. Jose Maria Rubio (1864- 1929), a Spanish Jesuit priest, dedicated his life to the ministry of preaching, giving spiritual direction and hearing confessions in Madrid.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 8: 35- 39
Then Philip began to tell him the Good News of Jesus, using this text of Scripture as his starting point. As they traveled down the road they came to a place where there was some water. Then the Ethiopian official said, "Look, here is water; what is to keep me from being baptized?"
Then he ordered the carriage to stop; both Philip and the Ethiopian went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The Ethiopian saw him no more, but he continued on his way full of joy.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 6: 44- 51
Jesus said, "No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me.
"For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
"I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread which comes from heaven so that you may eat it and not die.
"I am the living bread which has come down from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh and I will give it for the life of the world."
When natural disasters such as the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the typhoon Yolanda super-waves, there are many volunteer operations in addition to the government relief services. Immediate assistance for food and housing is crucial; these relief goods and services give consolation and hope.
Though, when the relief goods run out, the victims remain in need of physical food and other basic needs. It is good that there are volunteer groups and government agencies who plan on longer-term assistance and rehabilitation - livelihood programs, rehabilitation projects and various training programs, in addition to immediate food and housing needs. These programs show great care and sharing with those who need them.
We hope that our Christian life which begins with baptism, as seen in the first reading about Philip and the Ethiopian official, is a life-long search for God and living for God. Jesus speaks of the living bread which gives us eternal life: may we indeed yearn for and receive this living bread for eternal life for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ALYSSA KATE C. PANGILINAN
IN MEMORIAM (†)
LILIA B. YANG
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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