Day 18, The 94th World Mission Week
Sunday, 18 October 2020
The Feast of : St. Luke, the Gospel
Reading : Isa. 45:1, 4-6
Gospel : Matt. 22:15-21
“I am the Lord, there is no other, there is no God besides me.” (Isa. 45:5)
Until now war is still happening in many parts of the world. And some of them are the result of different beliefs. Even though our country has been independent since 1945, but we are not completely free from conflict of faith. Many people are still shouting out the truth of their belief, that they are the righteous people who own faith and the true God. Hope we are not one of them.
But how about the passage written in the book of Isaiah? It is written that God states out loud that He is the only God and there is no other God. Which Lord is speaking in the book of Isaiah? Our Lord! Our God! Does it mean that we have to strongly reject all other beliefs that are not in accordance with us? Let us see what is agreed and written in the Document of Human Fraternity. The Pope emphasized that “faith in God is unifying and does not divide. Faith keeps us close in spite of various differences, and keeps us from enmity and hatred” (Introduction).
When we have strong faith in God, the only God that we believe in, it means we will obey and be faithful to Him. In that obedience and faithfulness, we fulfill the calling and task that He has given us. What is it? It is proclaiming the Gospel (Good News) to all nations. What we proclaim is good news, joy, not a conflict over claiming that we have the true God. There is no joy in war and conflict. No unity and peace will be realized if we don’t have joy to share with our neighbors.
We don’t have to shout out the truth of our faith. What we need to do is to apply that faith in the attitude and behavior in our daily life, to become a Catholic with compassion and who spread peace wherever we are.
How if other people with different belief do negative things, insult and harass our religion and God through their words, attitude and action? If that happens, we must always remember to control ourselves, be merciful and have compassion. They don’t know what they are doing. Our Lord doesn’t need us to defend Him. What He wants from us is our obedience and faithfulness in carrying out His call to us and proclaiming the Good News (Joy). What do we proclaim? Jesus, our only God, for He is the Good News, He is the Joy. He came to earth to sacrifice His life to offer salvation to all people without exception. Our proclaim can be fruitful if we truly have a sincere heart to rejoice.
Our mission today: to always promote peace and unity wherever we are. (BIL)
(Angel – National Bureau of Pontifical Mission Society Indonesia)
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:
Participation from the laymen: With the virtue of Sacrament of Baptism, may all laymen, especially the female, be enabled to participate more in different areas of ecclesiastical responsibility. We pray …
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Kind speaking: May the Catholics prioritize in using kind language as an effort to create friendship and brotherhood in the midst of communication turmoil of the social media which tends to be scathing, threatening and destructive today. We pray …
We present our young people to continuously learn to defend justice for everyone. We pray …