Mission: Defending Human Dignity

Day 14
Thursday, 14October 2021
Feast : St. Callixtus I

Reading : Rom. 3:21-30
Gospel : Luke 11:47-54

Mission: Defending Human Dignity

“Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
(Rm. 3:23-24)

Apostolic Letter Patris Corde: The merciful father in Jesus’ parable (cf. Lk 15:11-32): It comes out to meet us, restores our dignity, sets us back on our feet and rejoices for us, for, as the father says: “This my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (v. 24).

In the beginning God created the man in His image. Human dignity is sublime, having the image of God: all is good. God loves his people so much, yet as a result of the sin committed by Adam and Eve, the relationship between the man and God changed. Man avoids the God by sin.

In the first reading, Apostle Paul wrote that God has put forward Christ Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. God has sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem all humans. This proves God’s true love to human of His creation. He wants all humans receive lives full of joy in communion with Him. God has set free and restored human dignity from sins. What shall we do in return? As God’s creation of His image, we should take part in defending human dignity. How? We can love others by treating them good, fair, honestly, politely and care for the needy, respecting each other. We treat others as we treat ourselves. As God has shown His mercy to us, so do we have to show mercy to others. We have to share what we receive from God in order to reach the love, peace and joy as God wishes.

In today’s Gospel Jesus denounced the Pharisees and Scribes who was acting unfair. They didn’t practice what they taught, they stopped those from getting into the kingdom of heaven. This attitude indeed made Jesus angry and denounced them for they didn’t defend others’ dignity.

From His teaching and deed, Jesus has shown the loving and merciful God as in Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:11-32). This point is also mentioned in Apostolic Letter Patris Corde: the merciful father in Jesus’ parable (cf. Luke 15:11-32): It comes to meet us, restores our dignity, sets us back on our feed and rejoices for us, for, as the father says: “This is my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (v. 24). That is God’s true love. God is longing for us to live in communion with His love to reach the full joy.

Mission: From the beginning all that God has made is good. Because of sin, we are separated from God, yet because of His love, we are restored. We are grateful for this grace and for being sent to defend God’s given dignity. (YH)

(Sr. Yohana Halimah, SRM – 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

LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan
    ‘As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”‘ (Matt. 3:16-17)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Asia (yellow beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for us in the continent of Asia. Through Your baptism You give to us, may we as the Christians be able to make ourselves as the witness of faith. Enable us to bring peach wherever we are, especially in the pluralistic religion life in our continent. May we always realize our mission through the grace of baptism, to become the mediation of brotherhood and unity, not only among the same believers, but also among the not-knows and disbelievers in You. Teach me to use the words of love in communicating with the other religions and to be always have joy in our life, so the light of the Gospel can illuminate in this 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 Wedding of Cana
    “At the request of Mary, His mother, Jesus overcame the lack of wine. That what Jesus did […] This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” (John 2:11)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Australia & Oceania (blue beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for Your people in the continent of Oceania-Australia. In all the imperfection and limitations of life, we believe that You always know and care for Your people. Just as Jesus, Your Son, overcame the lack of wine and performed miracle at that time, we also believe that all the imperfection of our life will be filled with Your love and mercy. Lift up all the worriness and doubts in every heart of Your people in the continent of Australia-Oceania. Enable all heart to firmly believe that when the time comes, You will reveal Your glory who is able to overcome all problems and adversities in 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 proclamation of the Kingdom of God
    “Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Mat. 4:17.23)

Prayer is intended for the continent of Europe (white beads)
Father, with Mary Mother of Evangelization, Mother of all nations, we pray for our people in the continent of Europe. May the call from Jesus in Galilee for echoes throughout the continent of Europe. Touch every heart that is freezing and far from You. Come close and let every soul return to You. May all preachers of faith in the continent of Europe persevere in preaching the Gospel, Good News and salvation reaching out to the remote corners of the continent. And the lost soul can find back the way home to You, and realize that You are the only Path, Truth and 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 Transfiguration
    “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:2.5)

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 those who have encountered Jesus Christ in their daily lives and are able to see Your glory, be enabled to become the reliable and militant witnesses of faith, not wavering and strong in facing this modern time where mankind easily turn to be arrogant and deniable to Your presence as the only Creator and Ruler of the earth and heaven. May you reach every ear in the continent of America, so they will listen to the words of Your Son, through the Gospel proclaimed by the witnesses. 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 institution of the Eucharist
    “And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.” (Mark 14:22-24)

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. Through the Eucharist Jesus gives an example of how to give thanks to all You have given to us, and manifest gratitude not only through prayer or speech, but also to share our belonging with others. May the spirit of sharing can live and grow in the continent of Africa, so the poor, abandoned and needy for help can feel the grace of Your love through the helping hands of others. May every mouth be able to lift up praise and worship to You despite the limitation in their lives. 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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