We Are The “Branches” Of The Vine

Weekly Missionary ReflectionEaster Week V, 02 May 2021Acts 9:26-31; Ps. 22:26b-27,28,30,31-32; 1John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Last Sunday’s reflection was about the shepherd and his flock. This week the metaphor of vine and its branches are used. We move from the world of livestock to that of agriculture. The daily life context is maintained. Even in … Continue reading We Are The “Branches” Of The Vine

Jesus Risks His Life For Us

Weekly Missionary ReflectionEaster Week IVI, 25 April 2021Acts 4:8-12; Ps. 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28cd,29; 1John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 The Gospel of John is full of meaning. The depth of its theology and symbolic richness are hard to match for other evangelists. We can summarize John's message today in 3 main points about: Jesus' identity, relationship and mission. First, … Continue reading Jesus Risks His Life For Us

What Does The Resurrection Mean for Us?

Weekly Missionary ReflectionEaster Week III, 18 April 2021Acts 3:13-15,17-19; Ps. 4:2,4,7,9; 1John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 Two disciples returned from Emmaus with joyous news: The risen Lord had met them. They had recognized Him when they ate together. Previously, a group of women and Peter had also seen the risen Lord. Now it’s the time for … Continue reading What Does The Resurrection Mean for Us?

Ponder, See and Believe!

Weekly Missionary ReflectionEaster Sunday, 04 April 2021Acts 10:34a,37-43; Ps. 118:1-2,16ab-17,22-23; Col. 3:1-4 atau 1Cor. 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 Easter story is started by a great woman. Mary Magdalene is the first person to arrive at the tomb of Jesus. The first day is a sign of hope and a new beginning, like the day God created … Continue reading Ponder, See and Believe!

The Lord Who Cares For Humans

Weekly Missionary ReflectionPalm Sunday, 28 March 2021Isa. 50:4-7; Ps. 22:8-9,17-18a,19-20,23-24; Phil. 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 - 15:47 (or shorter Mark 15:1-39) General tone of Passion Narrative in Mark's gospel is Jesus who suffers alone and is abandoned by everyone. The suffering of Jesus in this gospel is generally more "cruel" compared to the gospels of Matthew … Continue reading The Lord Who Cares For Humans

“Die” To be Abundantly Fruitful

Weekly Missionary Reflection5th Week of Lent, 21 March 2021Jer. 31:31-34; Ps. 51:3,4,12-13,14-15; Heb. 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 Obituary often says “Rest In Peace” or “has been raised to heaven”. Sometimes Protestant Churches have different way of saying: “have been glorified by the Father..”. This formulation is clearly influenced by John's gospel. In the fourth gospel, Jesus' … Continue reading “Die” To be Abundantly Fruitful

Don’t Persist In The Darkness of Sin

Weekly Missionary Reflection4th Week of Lent, 14 March 20212Chr. 36:14-16,19-23; Ps. 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Eph. 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Today’s quote from the gospel of John is very meaningful. Some people even call verse 16 as the “mini gospel”, a summary of the essence of the Good News. It is undeniable that in this part of Jesus' dialogue … Continue reading Don’t Persist In The Darkness of Sin

Being Religious, without Forgetting To Have Faith!

Weekly Missionary Reflection3rd Week of Lent, 7 March 2021Exod. 20:1-17 (or shorter reading: Exod. 20:1-3,7-9,12-17); Ps. 19:8,9,10,11; 1Cor. 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 In John's gospel there are 7 “signs” that Jesus performs to introduce Himself. The first sign happens at the wedding in Cana. It is an atmosphere of party and joy. The setting is profane, … Continue reading Being Religious, without Forgetting To Have Faith!

Glory Behind The Cross

Weekly Missionary Reflection2nd Week of Lent, 28 February 2021Gen. 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Ps. 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Rom. 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 There is a “Messianic secret” in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus does not want His identity as the Messiah to be revealed too early. There is an “order to keep silent” for those whom He has cured. Disciples and … Continue reading Glory Behind The Cross