Thursday, May 10, 2018
FRIDAY, 6th Week of Easter
May 11, 2018 - FRIDAY, 6th Week of Easter
Acts 18: 9 - 18 / Jn 16: 20 - 23
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 18: 9- 11
One night, in a vision, the Lord said to Paul, "Do not be afraid, but continue speaking and do not be silent, for many people in this city are mine. I am with you, so no one will harm you." So Paul stayed a year and a half in that place, teaching the word of God among them.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 16: 20- 23
Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her time is at hand. But after the child is born, she no longer remembers her suffering because of such great joy: a human being is born into the world.
"You will feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice. And no one will take your joy from you. When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, he will give you."
In t((e- first reading, God assures Paul of his presence and support in his
missionary work, "Do not be afraid ... I am with you."
In the Gospel reading, Jesus assures his disciples of his continuing presence and support, in the midst of suffering and pain.
In reality no one in this life is truly exempt from suffering and pain. Even Jesus had more than his share of suffering and excruciating pain, pain of betrayal by his friends and his passion and death on the cross. In the early Church, "the blood of Christians was the productive seed of Christianity." Suffering and pain have been with humanity even from the fall in the Garden of Eden, "I will increase your suffering in childbearing, and you will give birth to your children in pain." (Gn 3: 16) "Cursed be the soil because of you. In suffering you will provide food for yourself from it, all the days of your life." (Gn 3: 17)
How do we face suffering and pain? Suffering teaches us to be strong and courageous. In the Gospel, knowing that no one really is exempt from suffering and pain, Jesus assures us that he will be with us and that there will be joy, his joy to look forward to and hope for.
We pray that we, too, in whatever tasks we have in living and preaching Christ and the Good News, despite pain and suffering, may remain joyful in the Lord, confident of his presence and his help.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Sr. Eloisa Marie C. lnocentes RVM
Hannie!ynn F. Tucay
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Eve!ia N. lnocentes (11 May 1938 - 01 Feb 2001)
Fi!ade!fo lnocentes (11 May 1970 - 07 Nov 1967)
Sy To Chin
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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