Monday, May 15, 2017
TUESDAY, 5th Week of Easter
May 16, 2017 – TUESDAY, 5th Week of Easter
St. Andrew Bobola, Priest and Martyr
Acts 14: 19 - 28 / Jn 14: 27- 31a
St. Andrew Bobola (1591- 1657), a Jesuit travelling missionary, was viciously martyred by Cossacks in Poland.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 14: 21 - 23
After proclaiming the gospel in that town and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra and lconium and on to Antioch. They were strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain firm in the faith, for they said, "We must go through many trials to enter the kingdom of God." In each church they appointed elders and, after praying and fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had placed their faith.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 14: 27- 31a
Jesus said to his disciples, "Peace be with you; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled; do not be afraid. You heard me say, 'I am going away, but I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
"I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen you may believe. It is very little what I may still tell you. For the ruler of this world is at hand, although there is nothing in me he can claim. But see, the world must know that I love the Father and that I do what the Father has taught me to do. Come now, let us go."
In the first reading we are told that "we must go through many trials to enter the kingdom of God."
We all want to have a good life, a good career, a nice family with a suitable house. We are willing to work hard for these things. But how eager are we "to go through many trials to enter the kingdom of God"?
The disciples of Jesus worked hard to let others know about the kingdom of God. They strove, through their preaching and good works, to make the kingdom of God a reality, though a partial one, even here on earth. The followers of Jesus, those who love him, want goodness and kindness to reign in their families and communities. They appreciate the peace which Christ gives and work hard that this peace may reign on earth.
Who do we say Jesus is? He is the Son of God whose mission was to do the will of the Father. In fact, the essence of the kingdom of God is that people do God's will so that God's love and peace may reign. These are what we should value and strive to establish all our days.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
WILFREDO E. RODRIGUEZ JR.
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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