Bible Diary English

May 12, 2022

First Reading: Acts 13:13-25
Psalm:  Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 & 27
Forever, I will sing the goodness of the Lord!       
  Jn 13:16-20

Thu: Easter Weekday/ Nereus and Achilleus, mts/ Pancras, mt

Acts 13: 13-25/ Ps 89: 2-3. 21-22. 25 and 27/ Jn 13: 16-20

1st Reading: Acts 13:13-25
From Paphos, Paul and his companions set sail and came to Perga in Pamphylia. There, John left them and returned to Jerusalem, while they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent this message to them, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the assembly, please speak up.”
So Paul arose, motioned to them for silence and began, “Fellow Israelites and, also, all you who fear God, listen. The God of our people Israel chose our ancestors; and after he had made them increase during their stay in Egypt, he led them out by powerful deeds. For forty years he fed them in the desert; and after he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took four hundred and fifty years. After that, he gave them Judges, until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin; and he was king for forty years. After that time, God removed him and raised up David as king, to whom he bore witness saying: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all I want him to do.
It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised Savior of Israel, Jesus. Before he appeared, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel. As John was ending his life’s work, he said: ‘I am not what you think I am, for, after me, another one is coming, whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.’

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 & 27
Forever, I will sing the goodness of the Lord!

Gospel: Jn 13:16-20
Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him. Understand this, and blessed are you, if you put it into practice.
I am not speaking of you all, because I know the ones I have chosen, and the Scripture has to be fulfilled which says: The one who shares my table will rise up against me. I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am He.
Truly, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, ­welcomes the One who sent me.”





Bettering the Master

One of the self-justifying refrains of some people who walked out of priesthood, religious life, or even the very Church, can be paraphrased thus: “I gave my everything for my Order/Church. And look at what I got! They never recognized my talents; never placed me in the ministries that I wanted; never gave me a chance to study further; it was too clerical. I wasted my life in there.” They may be right. There are many things that need to change within the Church and many religious Orders. But they also need to honestly ask themselves: Didn’t I follow a master who “wasted” his life? A master who was ill-treated, never received what he deserved from his contemporaries. Did I expect to be treated better than the Master?” If we can understand this, our perspectives on life will change. And if we put it into practice, as Jesus says, we will be blessed!