Blossom In Faith

Weekly Missionary Reflection
Sunday, 04 December 2022
Second Sunday of Advent

Isa. 11:1-10; Ps. 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Rom. 15:4-9; Matt. 3:1-12

 The Hebrew is closely connected to nature. Paradise is a garden. Noah is connected to the flood. Moses is given a vision with a burning bush. David is called from tending the sheep. It is wonderful that the news towards the revelation of “the blossom of Israel” is illustrated by the “stump of Jesse” (Isa. 11:1-10). And the farmers are bursting into joy when the trees bloom and grafts start to bloom. It is just right for the reading of the Second Sunday of Advent. The Divine power (energeia tou theou) brings forth the blossom of the future as an expression, of how God’s Covenant will be fulfilled, that Divine Providence will definitely be clearly present. The illustration also shows the prophecy of salvation that is connected to the family of Israel. The more beautiful one is the “bud” pointing to “all nations”: an illustration of the role of Israel in the salvation of the nations. In that prophecy, it implies that all nations will be one big family saved by God. The story of Noah and Abraham and his children will definitely come true.

Reflection for us: are we ready to open our hearts for the “Adventus”, the coming of God? Are we prepared to believe in God’s promise now?

Rom. 15:4-9 extends the way to understand the meaning of Divine Providence, as it presents not just political or economic news or the victory of the Isreal, but it is Divine Salvation. So, what is presented is the Virtue of Hope, which goes along with the pilgrimage of the children of Abraham-Isaac-Jacob. A message is sent to the Christians that everybody is offered trust in God, despite their sins. The journey is gradually illustrated by “blooming”.

Reflection for us: are we ready to put our Divine hope during this Advent?

Matt. 3:1-2 brings the form of humans to the coming fulfillment of God’s promise, for the story is about John, the Baptist, the precursor of the coming of Messiah. The repentance proclaimed by John emphasizes that repentance is not just a ceremony, but it is a process of self-awareness by taking physical action like fasting, meditation, etc.

Reflection for us: are we ready to repent our sins this week? As an individual, in family, and in the community, do we give ourselves to fasting, meditation, and helping others, as the sign that we want to be near to God and be more touched by God’s blessing?

(RP. B.S. Mardiatmadja, SJ – Lecturer of STF Driyarkara)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy, and sorrow in unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the salvation of the world. May the Holy Spirit animating Jesus, also be my guidance and strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the Church, in particular, I present my prayer for our Pope and apostle prayer of Indonesian Church of this month:

For the purpose of Universal Churches: Volunteers of the Non-Governmental Organization
We pray that the non-governmental organizations committed to human development may find individuals who are dedicated to social welfare and relentlessly endeavor to build international cooperation.

For the purpose of Indonesian Churches: Cultivating the moderate moderate
We pray that the Church could build and foster the attitude of being moderate and tolerant to her people, while keep being alert to the threat of fundamentalism and radicalism from both outsides and inside of the Church.

Amen

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