Mission: To Keep The Holiness and Unity of A Family

Day 3
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Feast : S. Ewaldus Brothers, Martyr

Reading : Gen. 2:18-24
Gospel : Mark 10:2-16

Mission: To Keep The Holiness and Unity of A Family

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.”
(Mark 10: 6-8)

Apostolic Letter of Patric Corde: Joseph appears as the figure of a respectful and sensitive man. Even though he does not understand the bigger picture, he makes a decision to protect Mary’s good name, her dignity and her life.

Marriage is not only about a celebration or an agreement between a man and a woman to live together. It is also not a culmination of their love, nor statement of belonging. The meaning of a marriage is far above them all. It can be begun with emotion or feeling. But to make the marriage an inseparable sacred bond, it needs strong will, commitment and effort of both sides, and to let the Lord intervene in it.

A marriage in Catholic church is sanctified by the sacrament. It is no more a mere commitment of two persons, but Lord is involved. It is the Lord who consecrates the commitment. It is said that everything consecrated or those who are consecrated come from one source (cf. Heb. 2:11).

However, living together is not always easy. Like a sailing ship, it does not always sail in a calm sea. Sometimes big wave comes and storm attacks it, so is the life of a family. There are many obstacles and problems will come and tend to be the wave and storm. From small things to crucial and principal things.

The emotion and feeling that emerged at the beginning and led to commitment on living together, can fade over time. Love can lose its meaning. Different opinion, interest and busyness can cause the admiration of each other fade and in the end makes each party think of themselves only. They forget the essence of marriage. Marriage can also be ruined by the third person who is more attractive.

Joseph and Mary are example of true couple before God. Actually their marriage life was not smooth and normal, even problem happened before the marriage happened. Imagine, Mary was pregnant when they were still engaged. If it happens today, in this modern time, knowing that a woman is pregnant before marriage, we will immediately gossip on her. In that time, not only having shame, but she will end with death. But Joseph, a humble man who looked ordinary, had an extraordinary qualification as a partner in life and a protector to the woman he would marry. It is said in the Letter of Patris Corde: Joseph showed up as a respectful and proactive man, despite of not understanding, he decided to protect the honor, dignity and life of Mary.

From the beginning of their journey, Joseph had appeared with good character and attitude. His obedience to God made him fully trust Mary. He put his respect and care on the figure and life of Mary. For him, Mary was nobody else but one flesh with him, as they were united, no longer two persons but one.

If family life is based on this unity, where each member respects and cares each other, no storm can sink the ship. One flesh means feeling the same for each other, when you are hurt, so am I. Therefore we will not hurt each other. If accidentally or intentionally one side has hurt, the hurt must be healed by forgiving, instead of revenging.

Reflecting on the holy family of Nazareth, the foundation of a family life is respect, bond of unity, protecting each other, royalty and above all is the obedience to God. For the human, who is obedient to the fiat and will of God like Joseph and Mary, can keep the holiness and unity of a family.

Mission: Every Christian family is called to reflect the holy family of Nazareth, keep the sanctity and integrity of the family. (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

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

  1. The Resurrection
    “The angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” (Matt. 28:5-6)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Asia (yellow beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for ourselves in the continent of Asia. Today’s situation of life is uncertain, as if we lose the security of life. Sometimes we become scared and worried due to this sudden change of life. Please enable us to rise, as Jesus rose in defeating the death. May we be able to rise from fear, worry, despair and the fall of our faith to a better future. May the new life illuminate all the continent of Asia with the light of hope and Your salvation. And at the end we are allowed to have the grace in Your name. 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 Ascension
    “When he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1:9-11)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Australia & Oceania (blue beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, at the moment we are directing our sight only to You. We specially pray for the continent of Oceania-Australia. May You give strength and protection to everybody who believes in You in struggling their lives. You have risen Your Son, Jesus, to heaven and glorified Him after been through suffering, misery and death. May You lift all heart and soul of Your people in the continent of Oceania-Australia, relieve all the adversities and sufferings of their lives, and strengthen their hope and faith in the glory You bestow on those who remain faithful to You. 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 Descent of the Holy Spirit
    “Suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting […] and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts. 2:2.4)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Europe (white beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we ask for the coming of Your Holy Spirit, especially in the continent of Europe. May your people in the continent of Europe always get the guidance of your Holy Spirit in the difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to stay unwavering in their faith and have compassion to the needs. Share the Spirit of Knowledge and Wisdom which can help to direct their mind and heart to make You the source of hope and joy in all adversities and trials in the world. May Your spirit always renew every heart and guide Your people’s faith in the continent of Europe. 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 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with them. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:14.17)

Prayer is intended for the continent of America (red beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we present the continent of America into Your hands. Just as Mother Mary is assumed into heaven, lift up every heart of the people in the continent of America, so they can unite in entire communion with You through unwavering faith. Give comfort to those who are in loss of their beloved ones. Strengthen their faith so they can keep on believing that with Jesus who died and rose again, the death will be risen and taken up to heaven. And we in this world will be waiting for our time to join You in our eternal life. 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 Coronation and the Blessed Virgin Mary
    “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Africa (green beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we come before You to present the continent of Africa. Look at Your people in this continent, who get many problems, conflicts, injustice, poverty and disease. Grant them the sign of hope to strengthen the fragile faith and despairing heart. With the example of Mother Mary, may Your people in the continent of Africa are able to live in obedience and surrender to Your will. We hope You will bestow the crown of glory on every crying heart. May they get back their dignity as human beings loved by You and the creation equal to each other. 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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