Weekly Missionary Reflection
Sunday, 29 November 2020
First Sunday of Advent
Isa. 63:16b-17; 64:1,3b-8; Ps. 80:2ac,3b,15-16,18-19; 1Cor. 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37
We are back to Advent again: the waiting moment. The life cycle of faith always starts with hope. Only those with hope. Only people with hope, who are ready for expectation. Without faith, what or whom do we expect? Without hope, our expectation is unclear, or clear but lackluster. Today the prophet Isaiah talks about the meaning of our hope and expectation. We hope in God, we expect for His help. Advent is the moment to answer the basic question: What kind of God do we believe in? What kind of God are we expecting for?
The prophet Isaiah reminds us of the love of God as the Father: “O Lord, You are the only Father to us”. There is no other Father. He is the only leader, saviour and protector to us His children. He is the only Father in the family of the faithful. We are all His children, we are all brothers and sisters in the Father’s family. Therefore, faith in one Father, should make us equal and brothers, not looking for the position of father nor master.
Apart from being the Father, our Lord is also known as the “Redeemer”. This is a term of deep kinship. Do not be too quick to think about the Redeemer of our sins. The redeemer is a family member and close relative who is responsible for his family members. He ensures the unity of the land and the freedom of each family member. Because of His love, God feels obliged to defend our dignity as children, to restore our freedom for we often serve ourselves to several masters and interests. Believing in the Redeemer requires us to strive for freedom in all aspects. Faith in the Redeemer should also encourage us to restore the land and earth that we often sell and pollute.
Only to this Good Father that we want to return back. Only to this sole Redeemer we want to return and present all our intentions and hopes. He is the God who is always ready to “act for those who are expecting him”. He is the Father who is ready to welcome us, His children who keen of going astray and wrong, as long as we return back to doing justice and truth. He is the Redeemer who is ready to bring us back to His family, provided that we repent and stop rebelling. That is the message of hope from the prophet Isaiah: sin does defile us, but it does not prevent the Father from cleansing us. Sin sometimes pollutes our goodwill and righteousness, but we believe that Father will change and purify our hearts. Advent is the moment to recognize that we are “dry leaf” that is easily blown away and get lost. Advent is the moment to realize our nature as “clay”: a mortal creation that is ready to be shaped by Him only for His purpose and project.
(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:
Artificial intelligence: May all robotic technology advances and artificial intelligence can be controlled for the sake of its noble purpose, that is to serve the human and humanity. We pray …
For Indonesian Churches intention:
For fathers: May all fathers continue to realize their authority and wisdom as the head of the family in the midst of social current that eroding family life today. We pray …
We present all of the people in our Diocese to willingly fight for the justice in every residence and work. We pray …