Thursday, May 04, 2017
FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Easter
May 5 , 2017 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week of Easter
Acts 9: 1- 20. / Jn 6: 52- 59
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 9: 4b -6, 15- 16
"Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?" And Saul asked, "Who are you, Lord"? The voice replied, "I am Jesus whom you persecute. Now get up and go into the city; there you will be told what you are to do." ...
The Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to bring my name to the pagan nations and their kings, and the people of Israel as well. I myself will show him how much he will have to suffer for my name."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 6: 52- 58
The Jews were arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you. If you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.
"My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I in them. Just as the Father, who is life, sent me and I have life from the Father, so whoever eats me will have life from me. This is the bread which came from heaven; unlike that of your ancestors, who ate and later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."
The first reading tells us of the conversion of St. Paul from being a persecutor of the Church to God's "chosen instrument for the pagan nations" and the Apostle to the Gentiles. St. Paul, together with St. Peter on which Christ founded his Church, were the two great foundation apostles of the Church: both of them were martyred in Rome in witness to their faith in Christ, St. Peter by crucifixion and St. Paul by the sword.
In the Gospel reading Jesus promises that he would give his own flesh to eat and his blood to drink for eternal life, "The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives with eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day. My flesh is really food and my blood is drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I in them."
Jesus' words about the Eucharist are very clear: he will give himself as food and drink to his followers and as a special union with them.
The Eucharist unites the one receiving it with Christ and all those receiving the Eucharist are united in a special way with each other because they have received Christ. It is the sacrament of Christ's love; it is also the sacrament of unity for believers and followers of Christ.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IAN PHILIPPE & CHRISTINE CUYEGKENG
PHILIPPINE BRITISH ASSSURANCE COMPANY INC.
IN MEMORIAM (†)
ELEUTERIA CHUA SUAN CHIO (MAY 26, 1924 ·MAY 5, 2008)
For the successful treatment and healing of Renan Lacida.
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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