Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Isa. 8:23b – 9:3; Ps. 27:1,4,13-14; 1Cor. 1:10-13,17; Mat. 4:12-23 (long) atau Mat. 4:12-17 (short)
Since long time ago, as we can find in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth, there has been disputes among the people of God. Even today, there are often conflicts around us, in the environment of the people of God, and even in our family.
In general the disputes are begun with difference in opinion which is actually very common in everyday life. Those differences in opinion then give us the awareness that we and other people are different. If then we react negatively against those differences, then we are making a classification of I, we, you and they. We are no longer same or one, but from one and another there is a significant difference and then revealed as – exclusive.
“Is Christ divided?” (1Cor. 10:13). Question from the Apostle Paul can actually be a sharp knife to slice off our mundane and lead us to reach our root of our identity as Christian, followers of Christ. There is only one Christ. If we have a different figure about Christ, then it means the Christ that we have is our own “creation” of our imagination, an unreal Christ.
Christ is the Son of God who came to the world to save all people without exception. And it was Christ who had chosen His own disciples, asked them to follow Him, and made them fish for people (cf. Matt. 4:19). He chose them with different character and ability. Why? Did Christ want to divide them into different groups? Or it is human nature to be divided & separated?
If we want to interpret our difference positively, we will realize that each person is called by the God differently and receives different assignment. The given talent is also different. But each of us can complement each other, so that no one can boast about being able to do everything because of my own “superiority”.
On the other hand, everyone must be aware of his own inferiority and the need for help from others and from God Himself. The awareness will create and form a humble attitude in carrying out their ministry, so that their service can be a tribute that pleases God.
(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:
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 …