Missionary Weekly Reflection
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, 19 January 2020
Day 2 of World Praying Week
Isa. 49:3,5-6; Ps. 40:2,4ab,7-8a,8b-9,10; 1Cor. 1:1-3; John. 1:29-34
In the Gospel of last week, we were invited to ponder the story of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist at Jordan River. Today we will hear again how John testified about Jesus. Knowing about Jesus does not merely rely on the knowledge about who Jesus is, but more than that, it requires reflection of faith on the signs that emerged from Jesus Himself.
John did not know Jesus at first (John. 1:31). It does not mean that he did not know about Jesus at all. John must have heard and pondered about the person of Jesus, but as a human John also had doubt when he was imprisoned, whether Jesus was the real Messiah told in the Bible. In this part we remember how he sent his disciples to pass the question about Jesus (Mat. 11:2-6). But again, human’s knowledge is not enough. John’s testimony is not a matter of human knowledge but more than that – it is an experience of faith. John saw the Spirit of God like a dove descending upon Jesus (John. 1:32), and this is the experience of faith – the fruit of his contemplation and reflection. He reached to a statement of “He is the Son of God” (John. 1:34). John’s testimony is the one that proclaims Jesus as a Messiah sent for world salvation as foretold by the Prophet (Isa. 49:3).
As Christian, of course we have read and heard many time about the person of Jesus and His story. But who is really Jesus for us? Our concept and understanding about Jesus often do not match what we expect, sometimes it leads us to a question of why God allow our difficulties come to us? Why do our prayer and wish seem unheard? Knowing Jesus in our faith will help us endure the difficult situation in our life.
The grace of knowing Jesus is a gift of Holy Spirit that we need to ask with humility. Let us ask for the guidance of Holy Spirit, so that we can know the person of Jesus with our faith and thus lead us to becoming the true son of God. God bless.
(Br. Kornelius Glossanto, SX – Xaverian Missionary)
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:
To promote peace of the world: May the Christians, followers of other religions and the people with goodwill be willing to promote the peace and justice in this world. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Building solidarity: For the sake of real solidarity to the poor and needy, may Catholic families would set their food portion adequately to avoid food wasting. We pray…
We entrust all people in our diocese to Your Spirit of Love, so they may have more faith in You, Lord of Justice, by creating social justice. We pray …