Mission: To Be A Humble Person

Day 1 First Friday of the month
Friday, 1 October 2021
Feast : St. Therese of The Child Jesus, Protector of the Missionary

Reading : Isa. 66:10-14c
Gospel : Matt. 18:1-5

Mission: To Be A Humble Person

“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matt. 18:4)

Apostolic Letter of Patris Corde: We know that Joseph was a lowly carpenter (cf. Mt 13:55). The man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence.

We seldom see an arrogant child. Normally arrogance and pride are found in adult. Arrogance happens when someone feels more superior and smarter than others. This feeling of superiority is normally shown by facing up the head, underestimating, and even ignoring the presence of others. When arrogance reigns on someone, his ego speaks and appears. There is only I, the others are unimportant and often unseen.

Why do adults become arrogant? There are many factors. He could have studied a lot and have many experiences, or have a high rank position and become an important person. Or he could be originated from good descendant, scholar, noble or wealthy family. It could be that he has been adored by the parents, spoiled, become a blue-eyed boy. Or it could also happen the other way around, he is not well cared, frequently bullied and forgotten, that he becomes a person who needs attention and recognition from the surroundings. When he becomes a successful person, he would like to show off and be proud of himself.

If we, as human being, think that knowledge, experience, age and achievement can be used as a measure of maturity and success, it is not so for God. God takes a child as an example, a role model whose personality, attitude and behavior need to be imitated in order to enter the heaven.
The main point that Jesus emphasizes is being humble instead proud!

So ticket to heaven is not someone’s achievement, greatness or popularity. One of the guarantees for entering the heaven is “being humble”. We can’t shrink our body, reduce our age or rewind the time to go back to our childhood. If so, how can we keep on being humble with all that we have now; knowledge, experience, achievement?

Let us reflect on St. Joseph, a figure who is always silent in words but never silent in action. Joseph is a modest man, an unfamous carpenter and negligible in the Bible. However, take a good look at his role. He is chosen by the God to guard the Savior and His mother.

In carrying out his mission, Joseph did not focus on words and theories. On the other hand, he acted fast with full obedience, no doubt. He took Mary as his wife because of God’s command. He even did not protest on Mary’s pregnancy or doubt on God’s plan. He only knew and focused on how to carry out God’s command to take care and protect his wife and Son whom God had entrusted to him, till the time for his Son to act!

For ordinary people the figure of St. Joseph could be less attractive. He is far from fame, not attractive and not charming. But for God this is the qualification that deserve the important role, to be the father and guard for the Savior.

Joseph is the reflection of obedience, humility, full responsibility and a succesfull missionary! He performed and completed his mission perfectly, without being proud and demanding others’ acknowledgement. He owns the wisdom as a mature man and also the humility of a child. He is a great figure who shows up small. A true example for Lord’s servant.

Mission: As the children of God we are invited to be a humble person, so we can share a true testimony. (BIL)

(Angel – Pontifical Mission Societies 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:
Apostles of Missionary: We pray for all the baptised to be involved in proclaiming the Gospel, presenting themselves to carry out the mission and be ready to become the witnesses animating the spirit of Gospel. We pray …

For Indonesian Churches intention:
Clean water: May we be more wise in using the clean water. We pray …

Special Intention for the year of St. Joseph:
Give us an open heart, like St. Joseph, so we may love Mother Mary and her Son for the success of “missio”/mission of restoring human love in responding Father’s mercy. We pray …

Amen

MISSIONARY ROSARY PRAYER

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

  1. The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
    “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Asia (yellow bead)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for our people living in the continent of Asia, who have experienced many problems during this pandemic. Many fall into sadness, despair and are unable to face the loss of job, property or the beloved one. Just as Jesus was willing to surrender and pray to You near His death, grant us the grace of faith and self surrender to everyone in our continent. Enable us to realize that in the time of trials like this, we have to remember to surrender to You and persevere in prayer, so that our hope and faith can remain firm and alerted.
We ask this through the intercession of Lord Christ and our Savior. Amin.

Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all Nations, pray and protect us, your children!

  1. The Scourging of Jesus at the pillar
    “They smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from Him, and put his own clothes on him.” (Mark 15:19-20a)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Australia and Oceania (blue beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for your people in the continent of Oceania-Australia. May You give strength and comfort to those who are persecuted for their faith in You. Despite of being scourged, mocked, spat on, beaten, even stripped naked, He just kept silent, no repaying the evil with evil, because of the great love in Him. May this example be able to be copied by every one who experiences suffering and injustice from their fellow people. And may You grant every human being with the heart of mercy, so they can treat each other with love, respect and justice. We ask this through the intercession of Lord Christ and our Savior. Amen.

Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all Nations, pray and protect us, your children!

  1. The Crowning with Thorns
    “They platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head. And began to salute him, Hail King of the Jews!” (Mark 15:17-18)

Prayer is intended for the Continent of Europe (white beads)
Father, with Mary, Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for your people in the continent of Europe. Sometimes sufferings and traumatic experiences become an obstacle to human’s faith to keep on believing that You are always with them and their lives. Jesus, Your Son, is not missed from the suffering caused by humans, despite he possesses the status of the Son of the King. Learning from Him, may all the people in the continent of Europe are enabled to survive from the suffering and traumatic events that they have to pass while remaining firm in their faith, believing that You will never abandon your People. We ask this through the intercession of Lord Christ and our Savior. Amen.

Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all Nations, pray and protect us, your children!

  1. The Carrying of the Cross
    “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” (John 19:16b)

Prayer is intended for the continent of America (red beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for your people in the continent of America. May they be enabled to faithfully carry the cross of life in the world. Cross is sometimes rejected and avoided. We, the humans, tend to find the happiness, prosperity and eternity, instead of suffering, adversity and death. Jesus Himself carried His cross in faith and obedience for He believed and accepted all Your will. May the people of America who believe in Christ be ready to face the cross, suffering and death, accepting the cross as inseparable part of the identity as a Christian. We ask this through the intercession of Lord Christ and our Savior. Amen.

Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all Nations, pray and protect us, your children!

  1. The Crucifixion and death of Jesus
    “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father into thy hands I comment my spririt; and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Africa (green beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for your people in the continent of Africa. Lately many deaths happened caused by Covid-19 pandemic. Death is often seen not only as a loss but also a bad incident. Humans are attached too tightly to their lives and the possessions, that they become stuttered when it’s time for letting go and returning all the possessions to You, the Owner of Life. May You enable Your people in the continent of Africa especially those who suffer from the loss of their closed ones, to accept the death and remember that eternal life You promises is not from the world, but in heaven in our next life. We believe that life is not destroyed by death, but it is transformed. We ask this through the intercession of Lord Christ and our Savior. Amen.

Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all Nations, pray and protect us, your children!

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