Monday, May 08, 2017
TUESDAY, 4th Week of Easter
May 9, 2017 – TUESDAY, 4th Week of Easter
Acts 11: 19- 26 / Jn 10: 22- 30
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 11:19- 23, 25- 26
Those who had been scattered because of the persecution over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message, but only to the Jews. But there were some natives of Cyprus and Cyrene, among them who, on coming into Antioch, spoke also to the Greeks, giving them the good news of the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them so a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
News of this reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, so they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the manifest signs of God's favor he rejoiced and urged them to remain firmly faithful to the Lord...
Then Barnabas went off to Tarsus to look for Saul and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch for a whole year they had meetings with the Church and instructed many people. It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 10: 22- 30
The time came for the feast of the Dedication. It was winter. And Jesus walked back and forth in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around him and said to him,"How long will you keep us in doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have already told you but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name proclaim who I am, but you do not believe because, as I said, you are not my sheep.
"My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal life. They shall never perish and no one will ever steal them from me. What the Father has given me is stronger than everything and no one can snatch it from the Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
After the martyrdom of Stephen, the Church started to spread outside Israel and to grow in numbers. The key Gospel message was that Jesus, the Son of God - made man, died and rose for our salvation.
In the Gospel reading the Jews were pressing Jesus to announce that he was the Messiah, God's Anointed. Jesus told them that he had already told them and his works had given the same message but they had refused to see and believe. Jesus also claimed that he was God's Son: "The works I do in my Father's name proclaim who I am"; "I and the Father are one." No one had ever claimed before to be God's Son.
This is at the heart of our Christian faith: do we believe it? Have we experienced God's power in our lives? What meaning does our faith in Jesus have in our lives?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CYNTHIA C. JOSE
IN MEMORIAM (†)
AMPARO ETCUBANEZ TAN
FLORIDA UYTENGSU YOUNG
MRS. JOSEFA SORIA FERRER
REV. FR. HORACIO V. DELA COSTA, SJ
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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