Weekly Missionary Reflection
Pentecost Sunday, 23 May 2021
Acts 2:1-11; Ps. 104:1ab,24ac,29bc,-30,31,34; Gal. 5:16-25; John 15:26-27; 16:12-15.
After eating together in the Last Supper, Jesus directly talked about the assignment of His disciples. Before leaving, Jesus inherited what had been His own assignment and mission till that moment: revealing and introducing the Father, His plan and will to the world. John, the Evangelist, used the key word “to testify”. Bearing witness is not easy. It needs eyes that have seen, ears that have listened, and courage to say the truth. Testifying is not a wordy propaganda or religious preachings. Instead, it is sharing the experience of encountering with the Lord, whatever the risk. Jesus’ life is the proof: He had been sharing His loving experience with the Father to the world till His death. This glorious assignment is certainly not easy! How can it be possible to accept the mission of becoming a witness in the situation of sad farewell! The disciples needed an encouragement and assurance. In this context Jesus promises the The Helper and the Spirit of the Truth.
First, Holy Spirit is the “Comforter”. In John 14:16, Paraclete is translated as “the Helper”. In the Gospel of John, the Holy Spirit has at least three main roles: as the Witness of Jesus, as the Teacher and Companion for the disciples, and as the Prosecutor of the world. In this verse, Paraclete meaning is closer to the concept of advocate or legal advisor/defender. Her duty is defending, accompanying and giving advise in our assignment as the witness of Christ. In this sense, the coming of Holy Spirit really comforts us. Jesus assures that despite of His leaving, we will never be alone in bearing witness. The Holy Spirit will always be with us to accompany, help, comfort, advise and guide us.
Second, the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of the Truth”. In the Gospel of John, the “truth” does not mean the true teaching (intellectually) or the honest and correct way of life (morally). The truth is Jesus Himself who has affirmed that “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus is the “truth” as He is the one who reveals the mystery of God’s love to the world through His words and deeds, which culminated in His death and resurrection. After Jesus returns back to His Father, this assignment is continued by the Holy Spirit. She will guide us into deeper comprehending and recognizing about the Father. However, the Holy Spirit will not bring a new revelation, as if Jesus’s revelation is not complete yet. Holy Spirit “will not speak from within Herself”. She just conveys “whatever She hears” (v. 13) and “anything that She receives” from Jesus (v. 14 and 15b). The unity in the mission between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is emphasized here. Jesus conveys whatever He listens from the Father, the Holy Spirit conveys what She listens from Jesus into us. Therefore, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit “will tell you the coming things” (v. 13). Through us, the Holy Spirit “repeats” the proclamation of Jesus. She will accompany us to to actualize Jesus’ words in a new experience and context. She will make our proclamation meaningful, actual and animating. That is the meaning and impact of Jesus’s resurrection for us, that is our Pentecost.
(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:
The Finance: Let us pray for those who are working in Finance Dept. in order to cooperate with the government to manage the finance and protect the people from danger. We pray …
For Indonesian Churches intention:
For labors: May the government and entrepreneurs find a way to overcome the crisis of unemployment and do their best to prevent layoff. We pray …
Special Intention for the year of St. Joseph:
Please send St. Joseph as the patron saint for our labors, so they can perform their task in the family and society, and find happiness in their job. We pray…