Sunday, May 07, 2017
MONDAY, 4th Week of Easter
May 8, 2017 – MONDAY, 4th Week of Easter
Acts 11: 1 - 18 / J n 10: 11 - 18
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 11: 1, 15- 18
News came to the apostles and the brothers and sisters in Judea that even foreigners had received the word of God....
Peter said, "I had begun to address them when suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon them, just as it had come upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said, 'John baptized with water, but you shall baptize with the Holy Spirit.' If then, God had given the same gift that he had given to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to resist God?"
When they heard this they set their minds at rest and praised God saying, "Then God has granted life-giving repentance to the pagan nations as well."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 10: 11 - 16
Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand or any other person who is not the shepherd and to whom the sheep do not belong. They abandon the sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep.
"I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this I give my life for the sheep.
"I have other sheep that are not of this fold. These I have to lead as well, and they shall listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock since there is one Shepherd."
Imagine a life without hope. Imagine a life in which we live with our struggles and our fears daily without having anything to look forward to. A wife lives with her husband who beats her up every day without knowing why she has to suffer so much. Parents do their best to raise their children, but when the children grow up they become ungrateful to their parents. A teenager suffering from great insecurity may have no reason to stop him/her from hurting himself/ herself, maybe even committing suicide. These are examples of life without hope.
Centuries ago God chose a people to be his own, the people of Israel. He made a covenant to save them. Then Jesus came as the "Good Shepherd," not only for his flock but even for the sheep of other flocks. He came to save not only the people of Israel but all who believe in him.
We need to follow someone in our lives, someone trustworthy who will never lead us astray. That someone is Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who will give meaning to our lives, to our sufferings and trials, and give us hope for joy and everlasting life through his resurrection.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BISHOP REYNALDO EVANGELISTA D.D. BISHOP OF IMUS
ENRIQUE CASTILLO, J R
FIDELA R. PASCUAL
W. LO CHILDREN
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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