Monday, May 07, 2018
TUESDAY, 6th Week of Easter
May 8, 2018 - TUESDAY, 6th Week of Easter
Acts 16: 22- 34 / Jn 16: 5- 11
FROM THE 1ST READING: Acts 16: 25- 32
About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly a severe earthquake shook the place, rocking the prison to its foundations. Immediately all the doors flew open and the chains of all the prisoners fell off. The jailer woke up to see the prison gates wide open. Thinking that the prisoners had escaped, he drew his sword to kill himself, but Paul shouted to him, "Do not harm yourself! We are all still here.."
The jailer asked for a light, then rushed in, and fell at the feet of Paul and Silas. After he had secured the other prisoners, he led them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They answered, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household will be saved." Then they spoke the word of God to him and all his household.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 16: 5- 11
Jesus said to his disciples, "But now I am going to the One who sent me and none of you asks where I am going. Instead you are overcome with grief because of what I have said.
"Indeed believe me: It is better for you that I go away, because as long as I do not leave, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go away, it is to send him to you, and when he comes, he will vindicate the truth in face of the world with regard to sin, to the way of righteousness and to the judgment.
"What has been the sin? They did not believe in me. What is the way of righteousness? I am on the way to the Father, meanwhile you will not see me. What judgment? The Ruler of this world has himself been condemned."
The first reading shows that the Good News can and should be preached to
anyone. After being flogged, Paul and Silas are imprisoned. An earthquake shook the prison, doors opened and chains fell off but Paul and the other prisoners did not escape. The jailer and his household believed and were baptized.
In the Gospel reading the Lord prepares his disciples for his return to his Father in heaven: he will leave but the Holy Spirit, the Helper, will be sent to them to inspire and help them: "and when he comes, he will vindicate the truth in face of the world with regard to sin, to the way of righteousness and to the judgment."
We see the power of the Holy Spirit, the Helper, when he came with power upon the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday. This same Spirit dwells in us: we received him when we were baptized and confirmed.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Enrique Castillo Jr
Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista D.D, Bishop of lmus
Alia Mira Gonzales
Jack Bradley Nancoo
Joseph N. Dy
W Lo Family
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Juliano T. Lim
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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