Mission: Dare To See And Choose The Truth

Day 22
Friday, 22 October 2021
Feast : St. John Paul II

Reading : Rom. 7:18-25a
Gospel : Luke 12:54-59

Mission: Dare To See And Choose The Truth

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?”
(Luke 12:57)

Apostolic Letter Patris Corde: The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it.

To make choice and decide what is right by ourselves, is not easy. Especially when we are on our own facing with an opponent, without companion and supporter. We need a great courage and strong faith to choose the right, without being influenced by other’s opinion, pressure and relationship. At this point we are challenged to have the courage to take the risk of facing all the consequences of our choice and decision. Or the other way around, we can have no courage to face the truth, and even go to seek security from more dominant and stronger group or community, despite deep in our heart we know very well that it is betraying the truth.

Truth is sometimes unseen, especially from those who are not sensitive and whose heart is impure. It is sometimes covered, hidden by falsity, hypocrisy and deceit. Truth can be twisted and made up so only the mask appears.

Let’s learn from St. Joseph, an honest man who lived in truth. Joseph greatest strength is “fearing God”. His fearing God made him obedient to do God’s will. He put aside human thinking, including the worry of public reaction, even when his choice and decision seemed “foolish” and “wrong” for other people.

Joseph had wide open eyes to see the true truth. When he realized that he was chosen by God to live this special mission, he was able to confront the reality and then took the right decision. For other men, Mary might not be the right woman to marry, especially she had been pregnant before marriage. Despite the angel explained about this pregnancy, Mary’s condition would make him embarrassed and worried of ruined reputation. Yet Joseph did not think that he had the right to judge Mary and it’s not himself or his life to worry about. It is God who would judge and plan everything. It is God’s rights.

His faith in God enabled him to see the true truth, which couldn’t be seen by others. He saw Mary as himself, God’s messenger who lived the mission to bring the Son into this world. Mary was his companion, partner in mission, not just a woman he had to marry. The ability to see the truth enabled Joseph to decide what he had to do in his life. He showed up without any doubt as a man, a husband and a responsible father. He did not look for shortcuts to all his problems and adversities. He did not even run away. Instead he fully trusted in God’s inclusion, he courageously moved forward, welcomed and lived the life of God’s plan with all risk he would bear. We should have this kind of courage as missionaries, God’s messengers. To live with open eyes to see the truth and dare to decide what is correct according to God’s teaching and will.

Mission: Learn from brave St. Joseph to open our eyes to reality in life and to act in a correct way. (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

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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