Weekly Missionary Reflection
Sunday, 03 January 2021
FEAST OF EPIPHANY
Isa. 60:1-6; Ps. 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Eph. 3:2-3a,5-6; Matt. 2:1-12
Long time ago God appeared in the form of a helpless baby. The birth of this new King once shocks the whole country. This is because the news of the birth is brought by strangers (the magi, the intellectuals, the astronomers), not Jews After all, He is going to be born on a small town of Bethlehem. The Jews who have the tradition of waiting the coming of Messiah – the true King of the Jews, do not even go to see the Baby Jesus. For them, He is not the Messiah they have been waiting for. How can the birth news of the King of Jews come from the Gentiles, the outsiders? In addition, this king is born on the outskirts, what a joke! From the past to present feeling exclusive, putting human rank and prestige in top priority has been often the measurement of humans in seeing and judging. Whereas that is what makes them astray in the dark.
Unlike the magi, they do not even understand the concept of Messiah, no scheme in their mind. Their hearts are widely open to God’s leading through the stars. Its that simple. Yes, finding God doesn’t require the complexity of thinking nor the rule created by human themselves. Hasn’t God repeatedly reminded us through history, parables and sayings that He is the God for all people? It doesn’t matter the degree, caste, deeds and achievements, even the sanctity of a person. No exclusivity dwells in Him. He is ready to be found by anyone, who sincerely seeks Him, like the Magi. That is the good news that the evangelist Matthew proclaims on this feast of Epiphany.
Epiphany, the Appearance of the Lord, formerly called the Three Kings’ Day, recalls the Magi who make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to seek and find Jesus. They are our role models for pilgrims who are still wandering in the world in searching for the Lord. Where’s the Lord? The lasting question that is continuously asked as if it has no answer. But Epiphany reminds all of us, that if God was pleased to be found and appeared, now and then He will be the same pleased. Those who seek Him will surely find Him. Just follow that Star. He will not mislead you or me. His light will illuminate the dark paths, which will eventually lead us to find the true Light.
Jesus is the Light who comes into the dark world. However, do not let the wrong concept of light cover the clarity of our faith. Seeking light does not mean that we deserve to curse darkness. Expecting the light doesn’t mean we hate darkness and everything related to it. Darkness will always be part of human’s history and life story. The moment of darkness teaches us to comprehend the meaning of true light. Based on that, we are called not merely for rejoicing in finding the Light, but we should open our heart wide so that everyone can come in to find that same Light and rejoice together.
(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:
Fraternity among the human beings: May the Lord grant us with strong fraternity for us to live in harmony with our brothers from different religions by being open and praying for each other. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Community solidarity: As a nation, may we be able to continue and increasingly develop solidarity, escpecially for the poor and those who suffer from Covid-19 outbreak. We pray…
Let us entrust this whole year into Your love, as seen in the offering of St. Joseph who accompanies Mother Mary in caring for The Son through sorrow and joy in Nazareth. We pray…