Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Act. 2:1-11; Ps. 104: 1ab, 24ac, 29bc-30, 31, 34; 1Cor. 12:3b-7,12-13; Joh. 20:19-23
Today is the Day of the Noble Feast of Pentecost. Like Christmas and Easter, Pentecost is the Great Feast of the Church: we celebrate it with all our soul and body.
Wis. 1: 7: The statement of faith is quoted from the Old Testament, that the Holy Spirit is everywhere in this world, how His Spirit holds everything all together and hears every word. Thus the divinity of the Holy Spirit is revealed, which is boundless.
Acts 2: 1-11: Presenting a big and amazing event, taking into account that less than two months before, the Apostles and Jesus’ disciples had experienced such a big fear and depression that they kept themselves in a closed “room”. The visit of the risen Jesus Christ could not even release them from worry and fear of danger. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that could make them strong. From this event, we get the Sacrament of Confirmation.
1 Cor. 12: 3b-7.12-13: Invite us to realize how the Church is a Community of Believers, and not just a group of people or society, who make a once in a while social gathering. Acts 2: 41-47 also shows that from the beginning, their communion had physical, cultural, economic, political, but mainly spiritual power. Paul summarized it as: “We are all baptized to become one body in one Spirit”. It enriches that we have the “Body of Christ” in “Blessed Sacrament”. How rich our Church is!
Yoh 20: 19-23: This Gospel reading animates the joyful Pentecost event according in Acts. It is implied in John’s story that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is just risen by the Father, echoes what happens in the book of Genesis “God blows … so that man lives …”. After redeeming the sin of humans, the risen Jesus breathed the Apostles with the Holy Spirit, and promised to accompany the Apostles to “His Returning Back”. Then a new life will happen. From this event too the God gives the Sacrament of Mercy, which reflects the Redemption, “restoring the relationship of God Almighty and sinful humans”.
OUR REFLECTION: Pentecost is an important part of the whole “Confirming Spirit to the universe, all human beings and believers”. Pentecost is the publication of Believers Communion who is animated by the Divine Spirit. Since the Book of Genesis, it has always covered everything, reveals the Divine Providence in history and the implementation of the Son’s Loving Mercy in summarizing everything. We are believing it too now. Let us pray: “Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”.
(RP. B.S. Mardiatmadja, SJ – Lecturer of STF Driyarkara)
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:
Loyalty of the deacons: May the deacons, with their loyalty to the service of God’s words and the poor, become the symbol of an inspiring Church and arouse the spirit of the people. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Mary, Mother of Perseverance: May, in the midst of confusion and uncertainty, the Catholics are willing to emulate the Virgin Mary as the Mother of Perseverance. We pray…
Mother Mary is with us, to be united with The Son in creating the justice for our people. We pray…