Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 9 June 2019
Act. 2:1-11; Mzm. 104:1ab,24ac,29bc-30,31,34; 1Corinthians. 12:3b- 7,12-13 atau Rome. 8:8-17; John. 14:15-16,23b-26
Pentecost celebration is a special and blessed opportunity for us because of our faith to Jesus. We confess that Jesus is Lord and experience Jesus as Lord in our life. Confession that Jesus is Lord, is not a conclusion from our mind based on our knowledge on Jesus, but because our heart and mind are touched and burnt by the fire tongue of Holy Spirit. The faith of Jesus is Holy Spirit’s work which is present and works in our life through the people living with us or surround us, through common incidents and some simple experience in life. Paul, the Apostle, emphasized that “no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3b). That is Holy Spirit who enables us to accept Jesus, believe in Jesus and say Jesus is Lord.
The presence of Holy Spirit is not passive, but it moves and “burns” everybody’s heart to proclaim that Jesus is Lord. In today’s first reading it was told how the apostles received Holy Spirit’s outpouring in the form of fire tongues and came to rest on each of them. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, they started to speak in different languages, as inspired by the Spirit unto them to speak out. The God-fearing Jews from every nation who were gathering in Jerusalem were confused and astonished because each of them heard their language being spoken, while they knew those who were speaking were Galileans. What was being spoken by those apostles after they received Holy Spirit’s outpouring? The apostles declared the wonders of God (Acts. 2:11). The wonders of God is truly real in Jesus. Peter in his first sermon on that Pentecost day introduced to all the audiences that Jesus is the Saviour and Messiah which was promised by the Lord (Acts. 2:22-36).
Holy Spirit not only rested on the apostles during past period but the same Holy Spirit is also present and working in our lives. Jesus himself promised, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” (John 14:16). Jesus’ promise has been fulfilled not only during the apostles period life but also in our current period and the future and forever. The Holy Spirit is poured out on every one who loves Jesus and obeys all His commandments and sayings. Holy Spirit’s role is still the same, that is to move and enable us to proclaim God’s wonders through Jesus for the human’s salvation. Holy Spirit helps us to be able to see, feel and understand God’s wonders in our lives through our experiences and events in the people we meet. It is God’s wonders in our life through Jesus which we proclaim to others.
We are sent to proclaim Jesus’ life, teaching and His works. We might not know entire Jesus’ teaching, we don’t remember what has been taught by Jesus and we don’t know what Jesus wants. Jesus knows our limit and weakness in proclaiming God’s wonders through Him, that He asks His Father to send an Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “The Advocate, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). Holy Spirit sent by the Lord in Jesus’ name will save us, as an individual or as a Church, to remember Jesus’ teaching and find the meaning and relevance for any new situation. Holy Spirit will always help us to comprehend the meaning of Gospel in our current place and period or in future. Every spiritual and social movement emerging and developing in Christian’s journey until today is the evidence of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit of the Church. Continuous reform in church without ignoring God’s teaching is the sign of Holy Spirit’s forever presence and work.
Let us be grateful for Holy Spirit’s work which makes us believe in Jesus and confess Jesus is Lord. We continuously ask for special blessing so we can love Jesus by obeying His commandments and teachings, to make us deserve for Holy Spirit’s gift and be sensitive on His presence and work in our life. Then we will have God’s power to be a missionary who is always faithful and brave to proclaim God’s wonders through Jesus, Lord and our Saviour.
(RP. Silvester Nusa, CSsR – Lecturer of STKIP Weetebula, NTT)
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….
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….