Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 02 February 2020
The Feast Of Presentation Of Jesus To The Temple
Mal. 3:1-4; Ps. 24:7,8,9,10; Heb. 2:14-18; Luc. 2:22-40 (long) atau Luc. 2:22-3
Today’s Liturgical formulation uses the words of “Feast of Presentation of Jesus to the Temple”: it is continuing Christmas Story through ritual aspect, because the moment of birth at the stable is not a rite, but a kind of “incident”. In this case, similar to some previous stories, the aspect of “mission” is seen. In the stable, the mission was expressed through the message from the angels to the shepherds, the modest people, “Holy Remnants” of the Israelites, who were waiting for Messiah. Afterwards, mission was shown through the direction of the Specific Star and the explanation to the scholars that the venue had been written in the Bible. Next, mission was revealed in the disaster and long pilgrimage from Israel to Egypt, so that the Son of Light could shine His light in the “land which was the beginning of the pilgrimage of Moses and Israelites towards the Promised Land”. After that, through Joseph’s inner movement, the mission was directed to Galilee, where Jesus was raised as a child. In today’s reading the mission was proclaimed to Simeon, Anna and whole “audiences” of how the Almighty was united with the Child Jesus, by the obedience to the tradition of Abraham-Isaac-Jacob’s grandchildren. Mission was revealed and realized in every way, as would then be described by the Son in His conversation with Nicodemus: “The Spirit Blows Where He wants”.
In the reading of Luke’s Gospel, we can clearly see that since His childhood, Jesus had fulfilled the Torah in order of redemption. We often look at the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission from His death on the cross and His Resurrection during Easter. It’s right. But, as the Son who became human, the growing process was also followed: born, became child, then obeyed His parents and then to the final mission. Thus, the Child carried out the mission since He was born. He became physical and spiritual human.
Then Jesus was presented at the price of a turtledove: for most people who became His brothers and sisters, Jesus is a “don’t have”. Initial price of Jesus’ incarnation in terms of human value is “cheap”; everybody can come and join the Son, offering himself to carry out the mission in any simplest way. Please join.
Simeon welcomed the fulfillment of God’s promise: Simeon had been carrying out his mission as Jewish leader for a long time – to his old age. At the end of his life, he was invited to participate in simple ‘missio’ of Jesus. ‘Missio’ is not measured by human’s strength and level, but on the simple events, which humans realize by joining the Community of Believers, as symbolized in the Temple where people welcome God’s will.
Anna welcomed the fulfillment of God’s promise: this female prophet is not a famous figure in Jews. She is recorded in the history of salvation, in the ‘mission of self surrender’, in her faithfulness for praying, fasting, presenting her life to God. Her blessing was unknown before; she got the gift of meeting the Messiah, because she was alert and faithful before God in the Temple. Israeli tradition had made her mission perfect with her devotion in praying and fasting.
The Nazarene family where Jesus-the Son grew up: the ending part in the story of Jesus’ mission is the unity process of Child Jesus, His involvement in human community in a simple way as the member of Nazarene family who lived a humble life. Mission is carried out by God’s messenger through daily small things because Jesus has given an example in Nazareth.
Let us pray that we will be moved by the Spirit that animates Jesus, to become missionaries in our daily life, through the mission that God has provided through His Son according to His wisdom.
(RP. B.S. Mardiatmadja, SJ – Lecturer at STF Driyakarya)
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:
Listen to the cry of the migrants: May the cry of our brothers and sisters – the migrants, victims of human trafficking crime, be listened, seriously responded and followed up by the concerned parties. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
The call for consecrated life: May the priests and religious people be able to make their life inspiring and be a testimony to the youth in order for them to be dare to follow the call for becoming priest and having monastic life. We pray…
We present the willingness of the Pastoral servants and lay cadres inside the Diocese to be more fair in their action and be a reflection of Divine Justice. We pray …