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OUR LADY, QUEEN AND MOTHER – Memoria: 22 August

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You have given us Mary, the Mother of Your Son, to be our Mother and Queen. Grant that, supported by her prayers, we may come to the Kingdom of Heaven and to the glory destined for Your children. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 22 August 2017

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SAINT PIUS X, POPE – Memoria: 21 August

Guiseppe Sarto was born at Riese in the province of Venice in the year 1835. He became a priest and excelled in the duties given to him. After being first Bishop of Mantua and then Patriarch of Venice, he was appointed as a cardinal, then elected as pope in the year 1903. He made it his object in his pontificate as Pope Pius X to restore all things in Christ, and he did this by his simplicity, his poverty and his fortitude. He renewed the true Christian life among the faithful and he fought strenuously against the errors which were sweeping through the Church at the time. He died on 20 August in the year 1914.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You filled Pope Saint Pius X with wisdom and gave him the strength of an apostle to defend the Catholic faith and to renew all things in Christ. Grant that we may follow his example and teaching, and so come to our reward in heaven.  We pray this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 21 August 2017

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GREAT IS YOUR FAITH: 20th ORDINARY SUNDAY [YEAR A] – Matthew 15:21-28

Jakarta, 20 August 2017

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LORD, HELP ME

LORD, HELP ME

A biblical reflection on THE 20th ORDINARY SUNDAY [YEAR A], 20 August 2017) 

Christ and the Canaanite Woman – c.1784
Germain-Jean Drouais

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalms: Psalm 67:2-3,5-6.8; Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15,29-32 

Scripture Text

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David, my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. (Matthew 15:21-28 RSV)

The Jews had every reason to be proud that they were God’s chosen people. After all, they were God’s instruments and God was working through them in a special way. However, because of this pride, some Jews looked down at other people as being inferior and sometimes they even referred to Gentiles as dogs.

Some Jewish leaders thought this special relationship with God entitled them to certain honors and privileges. They believed the Messiah (also known as the Son of David because he was supposed to be a descendant of King David) would come only for the Jewish people. Through him, God would lead them in battle, defeat their enemies, and establish His Kingdom on earth. As a Jew, Jesus was familiar with this belief.

In today’s Gospel reading, a Canaanite woman calls Jesus the Son of David. Although she is not Jewish, she acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah because she wants Him to heal her daughter.

At first, Jesus does not reply to the woman. Later, He explains to her that He, the Messiah, is supposed to go to just those who belonged to the House of Israel (the Jews). The woman persists but Jesus does not give in. He replies that He cannot throw the food of the children (the Jews) to the dogs (the Gentiles), echoing the popular belief that the Messiah is just for the Jews.

The Canaanite woman is “stubborn” and she reminds Jesus that even the dogs get what the children do not want. The suggestion is clear. If the Jewish leaders won’t accept Him as the Messiah then maybe Jesus should turn to the Gentiles. Historically, that’s exactly what happened.

In the Acts of the Apostles and in Saint Paul epistles (letters), we find that the apostles first preached to the Jews but then turned to the Gentiles when fewer Jews than expected put their faith in Jesus. Like the woman in today’s Gospel, many Gentiles accepted Jesus and, as a result, Christianity spread throughout the world.

(Note: Adapted from Jerome J. Sabatowich, Cycling Through the Gospels – Gospel Commentaries for Cycles A, B, and C.)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for loving everybody without reserve, including the Canaanite woman and myself. I pray that, by Your grace, I can become more like her. Help us to walk in her ways that, with joy and love, we may follow You and be united to You. I also give my life to You and I trust that You will remove the obstacles that keep me from loving You. Amen. 

Jakarta, 19 August 2017 

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PSALM 16:1 (Part of the Psalm Reading for today’s Mass)

Jakarta, 19 August 2017

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PSALM 136:1 (Part of the Psalm Reading for today’s Mass)

Jakarta, 18 August 2017

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – INDONESIA (1945 – 2017)

Jakarta, 17 August 2017

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