Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 15 March 2020
Lent Week III
Exo. 17:3-7; Ps. 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Rm. 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42 (long) or John 4:5-15,19b-26,39a,40-42 (short)
What is the attitude that we inherit from the Israelites? Easy to grumble! When things are easy, pleasant and everything goes well, we easily lift up praise, praise the goodness of God. But when things turn difficult, we also easily turn around; grumbling, complaining, and sometimes we even dare to sue God!
When reading the Book of Exodus, we may feel exasperated. How could the people of Israel not learn and change their attitude? Again and again they were faced with difficulties, and eventually God always came to help. But why didn’t they have firm faith in Him? Why did they always have to grumble first before returning to believe and acknowledge the greatness of God?
“Is the Lord among us or not?” These were the words that the people of Israel said when they tested God in Massah and Meribah. Isn’t this sentence so familiar to us? Maybe we ever said it, although in the heart, and only we and God can hear it. Try to remember, when the difficulties seem endless, when the burden seems unbearable, when our strength weakened and our faith begins to shrink, we too are often tempted to test God, question His presence, question His power, and collect the promise of His loyal love, just like the people of Israel, who never realized and didn’t have firm faith.
Stories of the past and history can be lesson for us. First, we can see evidence of the inclusion and promise of God’s loyal love to His people. Second, we can realize our human weaknesses, which can so easily fall from faith to ‘amnesia’ to our God just in an instant because of the worldly difficulties.
Faith is not just believing. Faith requires endurance, especially in difficult situation. In moment like this our faith is not only tested but also forged, strengthened and grown. Difficulties and suffering are rod and fire that will sharpen and strengthen our faith. Therefore, do not ever fear any difficulties and suffering. Also don’t grumble, because God is always with us. He is never negligent. Do not question His presence when the dark fog covers our vision that we cannot see Him. Do not test Him. Keep your feet firm, keep standing up to meet difficulties and remember the story of the Israelites. God will definitely come to help for our God is always faithful.
(Angel – National Bureau of 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:
For the Catholics in China: May the Catholics in China endure the constancy of faith to Gospel and grow in unity. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Traditional market: May in the midst of modern malls outbreak, the traditional markets can still keep their existence and obtain their living right, so the small merchants can keep going on with their economic activities. We pray…
We present the Lent: to become the time of conducting training of justice for all the people in our Dioceses. We pray…