Mercy is The Sign of Living Faith

Missionary Weekly Reflection
Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, 14 July 2019
Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36ab, 37 or Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Collosians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

We might remember by heart the story of the Samaritan. But do we really interprete it in ourselves and our lives? The Samaritan chose to stop, because he was “driven by mercy”. He was willing to take care of the wound of the stranger whom he met in the street, because of one reason, mercy.

Why could the Samaritan have mercy? The Samaritan wanted to put himself in the stranger’s situation. If we were in that condition, what would we expect to happen? Get help! In pain and suffering we will be sad and have to suffer longer if the person whom we meet just walks away. In difficult situation we expect and need the mercy of others. Because he projected himself in the stranger, the Samaritan could reach out of help without thinking about profit and loss or return as the reward. He realized that he would also need mercy, that’s the reason he gave mercy.

Following Christ is a practice of faith transformed in the act of mercy. Mercy is the commandment from the heart, inner call from God. As said in the book of Deuteronomy today, “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off” (Deuteronomy 30:11). God’s commandment is easy and close, not beyond the ocean that difficult to reach, or in the sky that is impossible to do. “But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14). The commandment is in the heart, a merciful heart. The commandment is given to be done, not just to be listened nor spoken only.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Church of Collosians, reminded one thing that can not be forgotten by God’s followers. “And He is the head of the body, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent” (Collosians 1:18).

In this life we might be born as the eldest, or become the head of the family, or the head of an organization or government. No matter how high our position is, there is always someone who is higher than us, that is Jesus Christ. He is the Head of all. Therefore we should not neglect to remember and feel like ‘a sovereigner without Master’, who control without the fear of God. Let us, who admit seeking God, keep on maintaining our humility, because we believe in the majesty of God. For that reason God will revive our heart, a merciful heart.

“See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take heart!” (Psalm. 69:33).

(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. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give 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:
Justice Integrity: May all justice supervisors can work with integrity and strive not to let the world be determined and controlled by injustice. We pray…

 For Indonesian Church intention:
Forest Protection: May all human kinds be more aware of taking care of the forest as the lung of the earth and not to utilize and damage it for economic benefits. We pray…

Special intention:
May all people at our diocese inspirit all members of the base community to share the time in quality and full of joy during holiday season or working/school days. We pray…

Amen

 

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