Sunday, May 13, 2018
MONDAY, 7th Week of Easter
May 14, 2018 – MONDAY, 7th Week of Easter
ST. MATTHIAS, Apostle
Acts 1: 15- 17, 20- 26 / Jn 15: 9 – 17
St. Matthias (d. 64) was chosen to take the place of Judas lscariot as an Apostle. He worked in Palestine and was stoned to death.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 1: 21 - 24a, 26
Peter said, "We must choose someone from among those who were with us during all the time that the Lord Jesus moved about with us, beginning with John's baptism until the day that Jesus was taken away from us. One of these had to become, with us, a witness to his resurrection."
Then they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Matthias. They prayed.....
Then they drew lots between the two and the choice fell on Matthias who was added to the eleven apostles.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 15: 9- 14
Jesus said to his disciples, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; remain in my love. You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.
"I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, to give one's life for one's friends, and you are my friends if you do what I command you."
In the -first reading Matthias is chosen by lot to be added as an apostle to replace Judas lscariot: an apostle is one who knows Jesus and who is to be "a witness to his [Jesus'] resurrection."
Each one of us, by our baptism in Christ, is called to know him and to be a witness to the Good News and his resurrection.
In the Gospel reading Jesus reiterates his commandment of love given to and expected of all of us, his followers and brothers and sisters: to remain in his love by keeping his commandments and to love one another, "to love one another as I have loved you."
If we say we love God, we will keep his commandments: "You will remain in my love if you keep my commandment, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love."
If we say we love God, we will love our neighbor: "This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you."
In his first letter, John puts this very strongly: "If you say, 'I love God,' while you hate your brother or sister, you are a liar. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your brother whom you see? We received from him this commandment: let those who love God also love their brothers." (1 Jn 4: 20)
Can we truly and honestly say we love God?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Chaveli Ventosa dela Cerna
Mila Cheng and Family
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Cua Cui Ping
Antonio V.. Ortiga (27 Jul 1926 - 14 May 2001)
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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