Mission: Be Wise In Mind, Word and Deed

Day 2 Saturday of the Priests
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Feast : The Guardian Angels

Reading : Bar. 4:5-12.27-29
Gospel : Luke 10:17-24

Mission: Be Wise In Mind, Word and Deed

“At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.”
(Luke 10:21)

Apostolic Letter of Patris Corde: The God of Israel is a God of tender love who is good to all, whose “compassion is over all that he has made.” (Ps. 145:9)

Life condition has not been easy for the last almost two years. The pandemic has not only caused the loss of lives, but it mainly takes our feeling of security. We have seen a lot of happenings that shake our faith, change of life, sudden loss, as if our lives have no security. Who can feel secured in such situation? Can anybody still feel His protection?

“I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared” (Exo. 23:20). This is the word of Lord that we find in the Book of Exodus, our today’s reading. It is Lord’s promise for human being.

Today we celebrate the feast day of Guardian Angel. Let us be reminded for Lord’s promise of protection. It is not easy to stay strong in faith in Lord’s promise when our heart, mind and body are experiencing hard and sad events. Imagine, how can we rejoice when our loved one suddenly pass away? Or, how can we not get worried when we lose our job and income in an instant? How can we feel secure and sleep soundly when we are worried about what bad surprise will come in the following days?

Adversity, suffering, sadness, loss always come with the doubt in faith. However we have to remember that the base of faith is heart, not logic. We will not be able to get rid of adversity and despair if we only use our logic to think hard, especially when everything seems impossible. We have to focus on our heart, to revive Lord’s love and our first encountering Him, the moment when we are fully aware that we are loved by Him and can feel His touch. Jesus says with gratitude, “… you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will” (Luke 10:21). To be able to comprehend all that is happening now, the adversity in our life, does not require intelligence and wisdom. What we need is to be “childlike”, as such has been God’s will.

Childlike can be ordinary people, simple in mind and life. This childlike could mean the humble, pure in knowledge and experience. Childlike can mean a servant, a person ready to receive command. The essence of a servant is to be obedient and faithful to the order and will of his master.

That is what Lord wants from us, obedience and faith in Him, especially in this difficult time. Believe that His promise to protect us, the faithful people, through guardian angel will last forever. Nothing that we have to worry, not even the death, as the Son has defeated the death. We just need to thank the Father, Lord of heaven and earth, and rejoice in Holy Spirit, as we recognize our God, “The Lord is good to all, compassionate toward all His works.” (Ps. 145:9).

Mission: Today’s world needs the wise in daily life, both in mind, word and deed. (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” or mission of restoring human love in responding Father’s mercy. We pray…

Amen

MISSIONARY ROSARY PRAYER

JOYFUL MYSTERIES

  1. The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary
    “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:28b,30b-31)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Asia (yellow beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we come before You, asking for Your grace on our lives, our future, especially for our continent we are living in, the Continent of Asia. Send Your angels as You sent the Angel Gabriel to proclaim the good news of the birth of Your Son to Mother Mary. Enable us to be always grateful for the life You have granted and to rejoice in carrying out the mission that You give to each of us, so that we can be the witnesses of Your joyful tidings, like the Angel Gabriel. May Your joy fill the earth. 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 visitation of Mary to Saint Elizabeth
    “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42-43)

Prayer is intended for the Continent of Australia and Oceania (blue beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray especially for the Australia Continent and Oceania. When Mary visited Elizabeth, she came with love and good news about the coming of the Savior. The meeting eventually became the blessing for both babies in their wombs, and also for the coming mother. We also hope that You would come to visit your people in the Oceania-Australia Continent. Fill the heart of Your people in this continent with hope, so they can give strength and share the good news to each other, especially during the pandemic. And may Your people in this continent be able to take care of each other, as You have always been protecting us. 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 nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem
    “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

Prayer is intended for the Continent of Europe (white beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we want to present the Continent of Europe. Just like Mary and Joseph could not find a room in the inn, many of our brothers and sisters are currently stranded in adversities and helplessness. Cover this continent which has been experiencing a lot of loss and temptation with your blanket of love that are able to warm every soul. Prepare a safe shelter for all the needs. Shower your grace of joy in everyone’s heart so that every mouth can praise Your name as the God, the source of life and eternal joy. 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 presentation of Jesus to the Temple
    Simeon said unto Mary, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul.” (Luke 2:34-35)

Prayer is intended for the continent of America (red beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray especially for the continent of America. We present this continent before You as the Baby Jesus was presented to You in the Temple. May the continent of America and the people living in there be renewed with Your Spirit. Grow the sense of solidarity, mercy, brotherhood and unity among them. Keep them away from arrogance, selfishness and the desire to dominate others. Enable this continent to build the pillars of prosperity for all creations and bring peace to the world, so that cheers of joy may echo throughout the world. 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 finding of Jesus in the Temple
    “How is that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spoke unto them.” (Luke 2:49-50)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Africa (green beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray especially for our brothers and sisters in the continent of Africa. May every longing soul will find You in their seeking of You. For those who are lost and far from You due to suffering and adversities, may they be able to find the way back to you. Guide and bless every step so they may have strength, light of hope and joy of life. Teach every person to always lean on Your will and plan. Make them all Your living witnesses so Your name may be glorified and more souls could be saved. 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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