Missionary Weekly Reflection
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Rev. 11:19a; 12:1,3-6a,10ab; Ps. 45:10bc,11,12ab; 1 Cor. 15:20-26; Luk. 1:39-56
Today’s Gospel talks about journey. In the beginning, Mary “departed” (v. 39), at the end she “returned back” (v. 56). Within the frame of this journey, three meetings with full of meaning happened. First, the meeting of two mothers. Both of them experienced God’s love in an extraordinary way. Mary was pregnant while she was a virgin, Elizabeth was pregnant in her old age. The Almighty God worked in their wombs. Human life started from there. The great and indigestible miracle from God must be shared, contemplated and chanted together. Good news can not be held inside and consumed alone. The authentic gospel always urges to be shared and leads to a mission: mission out, in order to share it to all people. It was this missionary power that urged Mary to “rush” to Elizabeth’s house. Three times Mary greeted Elizabeth (vv. 40, 41, 44). She brought and shared “shalom”, the peace of God that she had experienced. That should be the goal of all our travels and encounters: to bring and share peace with as many people as possible.
Second, the meeting of two sons. Maria did not walk alone “to the mountain”. She went with the Baby she was carrying. Mary was like the Ark of the Covenant that was paraded to Mount Zion and drowned David into joy and dance (2 Sam. 6). This was the first journey of the Messiah, the Son of David. This first trip anticipated the future mission of Jesus, as He walked to carry, share, and present good news. In his mother’s womb, John jumped into joy when he “saw” Jesus. Jesus is a source of joy for humans. His coming birth would become “the great joy of all nations” (Luke 2:10). He would bring good news to the poor and marginalized, deliverance to the sick and captive (Luke 4: 16-30). John’s mission was also anticipated: he was the first to react, and would also be the first to act as a forerunner of Christ. Now he “saw” the Lord, next he would show the Lord to the world: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
Third, the meeting of two Covenants. The meeting of Jesus and John was an encounter of OT and NT, of “promise” and “fulfillment”. The barren Elizabeth who became pregnant was a symbol of OT promise that was finally started to fulfill. Without Jesus, all those promises and prophecies would remain barren. Elizabeth rejoiced before the mother of He who realized all these promises. Her child would appear as the last prophet of OT, whom was promised to prepare God’s people for the day of Lord (cf. Mal 4: 5). Elisabeth admitted Mary as the mother of the Lord. She voiced the aspirations of OT who saw that the promise and prophecy of the prophets were fulfilled in Jesus. Mary, in turn, sang and praised God’s works in the OT. God’s mercy and love for her can only be recognized by remembering all the mercy of God in the history of His people. These two superwomen teach us the meaning of a meeting: the moment for sharing the joy and experience of God’s love, and the moment for placing each experience on the journey with Him.
(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)
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:
Prosperity in the maritime: May all people who work and live from the sea, sailors, fishermen and their families, and officers who guard the sea, always be blessed with safety and prosperity. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Harmony for the nation: As a real action in establishing the togetherness and harmony of the nation, may the Church open itself to the culture and want to promote the variety of local arts activities. We pray…
We entrust our efforts in the state to realize the justice for for every citizen. We pray…