Missionary Weekly Reflection
Advent Week IV, 22 December 2019
Isa. 27:10-14; Ps. 24:1-2,3-4ab,5-6; Rm. 1:1-7; Mat. 1:18-24
A father had just told a story of a birth, when his youngest son raised his hand and asked with a confused expression, “Actually Jesus is descendant of David or Maria’s son, the young woman mentioned by the Prophet Isaiah, or Jesus is the Son of God?”
In today’s reading the Evangelist Matthew tells the birth of Jesus in clear explanation, “When Mary, His mother, engaged to Joseph, she had been pregnant from the Holy Spirit, before they lived as husband and wife” (Mat. 1:18). We can see three points that Matthew wanted to raise in this verse. First, an acknowledgement for Mary: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Second, Mary’s status at that time: engaged to Joseph, means she was not married yet at that time, she was still “a virgin”. Third, ended with an explanation that connects the first and second point: Mary conceived from the Holy Spirit. This explanation confirms that Jesus comes from the Holy: the Lord Himself.
Who is Mary actually? She is the “Virgin” in Isaiah’s prophecy who will give birth to Immanuel (cf. Mat. 1:23). The mother of a Child who will bear a name means: “God is with us”. The Child’s presence is truly the evidence of God’s inclusion to humans, because the Child brings salvation for all of us (cf. Mat. 1:21).
Mary is also a “blessed” mother (cf. Luk. 1:42). Elizabeth’s word to Mary actually repeated the greeting of the angel Gabriel, who greeted Mary as “the gifted you” (Luk, 1:28). However, what is actually the special gift from Mary? Jesus. He is the fruit of God’s grace and blessing placed in Mary’s womb. Mary was just a virgin, a servant of God, as she admitted herself.
As a mother, Mary is a mother who believes, who becomes the model of faith for all of us. She is not only happy to be the biological mother of God, but above all because she has faith – fully believes that God’s word will happen on her.
So who is Jesus actually? Jesus is the Son of God, whom, according to the flesh, was given birth by David’s descendant, and according to the Spirit of holiness revealed by His resurrection from the death, He is the reigning Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord (Rm. 1:3-4). Let’s prepare our heart to welcome the coming of the Son of God conceived by the Virgin.
(Angel – Pontifical Mission Society)
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:
The future of the youth: May every country resolve to determine and take the necessary steps to put ahead and guarantee the future of the youth, especially those who suffer and despair. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Marriage Fidelity: May the fidelity to marriage pledge will not fade because of trivial matters in daily life which often trigger a dispute in the family. We pray…
May the people in our Diocese welcome the wisdom of Holy Spirit to take an important role in building the wisdom of peace and perseverance in family in their home or in their place of service. We pray …