Stop! Think Before Forward and Send

Missionary Weekly Reflection
7th Easter Week, 2 June 2019
The Week of World Communication
Acts. 7:55-60; Psalms. 97:1,2b,6,7c,9; Rev. 22:12-14,16-17,20; John. 17:20-26

As told by John, the Evangelist, Jesus prays for all believers. At that time He was together with His followers, but His prayer was made not only for His followers alone but also for “those who believed in Him” through their message. The interesting one is the word “message”. People who deliver the message or who send the message. Who are they? Am I one of them? Or you might be one of them? Yes, we are, if we believe in Him through our message.

It should not be a coincidence that today we are celebrating The Week of World Communication. Today’s Gospel also mentions the word of “message”. Message is one of the communication instruments. When we read or listen to the message, we receive the information from the others. A communication has been created. When we convey a message, we are also doing a communication.

As the disciple of God, what kind of message shall we pass? What kind of messenger shall we be?

That all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (John 17:21). The Lord wants us to be one, as The Father and Himself are one, not separated. And it is told that we have to do that, to make the world believe that Jesus is sent by the Father.

Almost every day we see news in the social media, in group or personal chatting, which then leads to unpleasant feeling, dispute and even breakup and dissension. Instead of acting as communication instrument, the message becomes a communication barrier. And sometimes we don’t even realize that we also become one of “the messengers” who easily forward the message from our mobile phone without prior checking the truth of it.

In celebrating The Week of World Communication, as God’s beloved disciples let us be more sensitive in forwarding the message. This is to keep good communication and unity among the humans as the Lord wishes. Try to learn how to sort out and select the good and positive message which can grow our faith and share the spirit to others, becoming the messenger who brings the unity not dissension. Stop for a while when receiving a message, fully be aware of the importance of our decision before pressing “forward” and “send”.

(Angel – Pontifical Mission Societies)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER 

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. Hope the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also leads me and gives me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:
Living model of the priests: From their simple and humble living testimony, hope the priests can actively involve themselves in solidarity action to those sufferers and poor. We pray….

For Indonesian church intention:
Youth’s confusion: Hope the church is willing to provide the facility and activity where the youth can involve themselves in the work and action useful for the people to manage their confusion threatening them. We pray….

Special intention:
Hope the people in our Diocese stand beside the youth spirit with full wisdom, so that the youth can sort out and select the study, job and activity meaningful and useful for themselves, family, church and society. We pray….

Amen

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