Friday, May 26, 2017
SATURDAY, 6th Week of Easter
May 27, 2017 – SATURDAY, 6th Week of Easter
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
Acts 18:23- 28 / Jn 16:23b- 28
St. Augustine of Canterbury (d. 604), a Benedictine monk, was sent by Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604) to evangelize England. He became Primate of England in 601.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 18:27- 28
As Apollos wished to go to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly strengthened those who, by God's grace, had become believers, for he vigorously refuted the Jews, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 16:23b- 28
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, he will give you. So far you have not asked in my Name; ask and receive that your joy may be full.
"I taught you all this in veiled language, but the time is coming when I shall no longer speak in veiled language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
"When that day comes, you will ask in my Name and it will not be for me to ask the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and you believe that I came from the Father. As I came from the Father and have come into the world, so I am leaving the world and going to the Father."
"Ask and you shall receive" is perhaps one of the most quoted phrases from the Bible. In spite of the old adage that it is "better to give than to receive," we do get great satisfaction when we receive.
Because of God's greatness beyond our imagination and comprehension, coupled with our humanity, we at times have difficulty asking God for things. Sometimes we feel unworthy but oftentimes we are just skeptical. There are times we feel we want to limit our requests with God because we may have reached our "limit" or we may be too embarrassed asking for so many things.
The reality is that God is infinite in power and enjoys that we keep on asking him for our needs. This keeps us in contact with and close to God. It is then good practice to keep on asking God even for the slightest and even trivial things, like a taxi when we need one or a convenient parking space at the mall. We should not be embarrassed asking for even greater or more important things.
But we should remember that, just like in any parent child relationship, not all requests are granted and perhaps not immediately. When a child asks for a piece of candy, it may be given at once; a request for a car may need more time.
Jesus tells us that the Father will give us anything we ask in his Name: do we believe this?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MA. MELISSA M. WONGCHUKING
IN MEMORIAM (†)
FRANCIS S. TONG
NICASIO MARIN, SR.
For the recovery and complete healing of Renan Lacida.
For the special intentions of S. MARIA AILEEN BILLANES, RVM.
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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