Friday, May 19, 2017
SATURDAY, 5th Week of Easter
May 20, 2017 – SATURDAY, 5th Week of Easter
St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest
Acts 16:1 -10 / Jn 15:18- 21
St. Bernardine of Siena (1380 - 1444) of the Franciscan Order spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 16: 9- 10
There one night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and begged him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" When he awoke, he told us of this vision and we understood that the Lord was calling us to give the Good News to the Macedonian people.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 15: 18- 21
Jesus said to his disciples, "If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me before you. This would not be so if you belonged to the world, because the world loves its own. But you are not of the world since I have chosen you from the world: because of this the world hates you.
"Remember what I told you: the servant is not greater than his master; if they persecuted me, they will persecute you, too. Have they kept my teaching? Will they then keep yours? All this they will do to you for the sake of my name because they do not know the One who sent me."
In the first reading St. Paul's mission to the Gentiles is confirmed in the vision he had: "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" A devout Jew who had persecuted the Christians, Paul was converted by God and called to be God's "chosen instrument to bring my [God's] name to the pagan nations and their kings, and the people of Israel as well." (Acts 9: 15)
In the Gospel reading Jesus spells out to his disciples what discipleship is all about: A disciple is one who follows his master. The disciple of a suffering Servant follows his master. As he told his disciples after Peter's profession of faith in him as the Messiah, "If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." (Mk 8: 34)
If the leaders of the Jews and the Jewish people persecuted Jesus, the master, his followers should also be ready to be persecuted because of their belief in him. If people did not listen to his words, his disciples should also be ready that people would not listen to them.
If the world has different values from the Gospel values they profess, the world will hate them because they have different values. The followers of Jesus are indeed in this world but their values and priorities are not of this world and so the world will hate and reject them.
This is discipleship of Christ: "For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; and if you lose your life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it." (Mk 8: 35)
Am I ready to be a disciple of Christ?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CECILIA LIM YU & FAMILY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
LOURDES CO TING (Birth Anniversary)
For the eternal repose of the souls of FE F. PILAPIL and MA. CECILLE QUEMA.
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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