January 5, 2018 – FRIDAY, Christmas Weekday
St. John Neumann, Bishop
1 Jn 3: 11- 21 / Jn 1: 43- 51
Born in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) St. John Neumann (1811 - 1860) was ordained a priest in New York City. He was the first Redemptorist to make profession in the USA. Ordained Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852, he worked zealously to establish parochial schools and parishes for immigrants from Europe.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 1: 43 - 49
The next day Jesus decided to set off for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me.." Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found the one that Moses wrote about in the Law, and the prophets as well: he is Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.."
Nathanael replied, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming, he said of him, "Here comes an Israelite, a true one; there is nothing false in him." Nathanael asked him, "How do you know me?" And Jesus said to him, "Before Philip called you, you were under the fig tree and I saw you."
Nathanael answered, "Master, you are the son of God! You are the King of
The Gospel reading from the first chapter of the Gospel of John speaks of the calling of the first followers of Jesus. The first followers of Jesus had been disciples of John, "On the following day John was standing there again with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, 'There is the Lamb of God.' On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus." (Jn 1: 35- 36) "Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John said and followed Jesus. Early the next morning he found his brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which means the Christ) and he brought him to Jesus."' (Jn 1:40- 41)
In today's reading Philip and Nathanael are called.
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God and the love of his Father in his public ministry. His work is continued in the Church, strengthened by the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost.
Peter preached about Christ on Pentecost: "So those who accepted his word were baptized; some three thousand persons were added to their number that day.'' (Acts 2: 41)
From such beginnings the Church has increased and flourished under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Countless followers of Christ have followed his mandate before he ascended into heaven, "Go, therefore, and make disciples from all nations." (Mt 28:18a)
We too are called to go and make disciples of all nations.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Andrea S. Lim
Philippine British Assurance Company, Inc.
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Emiliana dela Costa
Emiliano Villegas (05 Jan 1923 - 31Jul 1995)
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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