Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 30 June 2019
1 Kings 19:16b,19-21; Psalms 16:1- 2a,5,7-8,9-10,11; Gal. 5:1,13-18; Luk. 9:51-62
Why do we humans often experience inner struggle? Even though we seem to know what is good, which is correct, very often we still have to feel inner struggle when taking decision or having to choose.
Because humans are body and spirit. The Apostle Paul in his letters to the church of Galatia said, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Gal. 5:16-17). This makes the inner struggle occur. There are two desires from different sources. And these two sources are in the same place, in ourselves. It is inevitable that there will always be conflict inside ourselves, because human can never be a human if they only have spirit without body and vice versa.
However, at the end we often give up to the will of the flesh, not to the will of the Spirit who always has good value and truth. The Apostle Paul also realized this and entrusted his message, “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Gal. 5:18). We are asked to listen to the Spirit, let ourselves be guided by Him. Not the other side around, that we deafen our inner ear from Him. Thus we can set ourselves free and become free people. However, for those who do not know God, freedom means free to do everything they want. In fact, it means making them “submissive” to the control of the flesh: lust, strife, anger, jealousy, self-interest, malice, drunkenness, orgies, fornication, idolatry, magic, etc. Human does not longer have the freedom that Jesus bestows, that is free from sin.
Luke, the Evangelist, told a section of the story about Jesus’ preparing His journey to Jerusalem. Here we can see that Jesus’ disciples were encouraged by the flesh, that they wanted to destroy the Samaritans because of their rejection to the Teacher. And Jesus rebuked them. How often do we act like James and John? Because of being rejected and treated unfriendly by the others, we follow the will of flesh to get angry and take improper action just for our self-satisfaction. Jesus gave emphasis and we should remember it whenever we are tempted by our flesh to punish others. “You don’t know what you want. The Son came not to destroy the human but to save them”. Saving not destroying. Love not punishment. Our mission is the mission of salvation and love.
We are all summoned for freedom. True freedom is the freedom given by Jesus Christ, where we can control ourselves, refuse to be submissive to the will of flesh and firmly choose the path of goodness and truth according to Jesus Christ’s teaching and the Spirit’s guidance.
“Jesus Christ has set us free, so that we are truly free. Therefore, stand firm and do not submit to the yoke of servitude anymore”.
(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….
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….