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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)

Jakarta, 31 A ugust 2017

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PSALM 139:2-5

Jakarta, 30 August 2017

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THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – Memoria: 29 August

John was a great witness to the power of God’s involvement in the world. He lived in the desert, wore strange clothes, and ate bugs with honey. But as strange as he was, John worked hard at preaching his message of repentance. He was unrelenting in holding people accountable for their sins. Despite his unorthodox methods, he sparked a spiritual revival that prepared Israel for Jesus. Ever humble, even John knew that God was behind this great awakening. He never failed to insist that he was only a forerunner, a voice in the wilderness, and an instrument in the hands of the Lord.

Like John, we too should try our hardest to advance the Kingdom of Heaven even as we abandon ourselves to the providence and miraculous grace of God. The more we recognize God’s sovereignty and love, the more we will find ourselves acting like John, that is, like a true servant of a mighty and awesome God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You appointed Saint John the Baptist to be the herald of the birth and death of Christ Your Son. Grant that as he died a martyr for justice and truth, so we also may courageously bear witness to Your word. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 29 August 2017

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SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, Bishop and Doctor of the Church – Memoria: 28 August

Augustine was born at Thagaste in Africa in the year 434. As a young man he led an unsettled life both in the philosophy he professed and in his moral behavior, but later, in the year 387, he was converted and received baptism at Milan from the bishop Saint Ambrose He came back to his own country and led the life of an ascetic. Elected Bishop of Hippo, for thirty-four years he was n exemplary bishop to his flock, teaching his people by his sermons and writings, striving to combat the errors of the time and to make the faith understood. he died in the year 430.

Prayer: Lord God, renew Your Church with the Spirit of wisdom and love which You gave so fully to Saint Augustine. Lead us by that same Spirit to seek You, the only fountain of true wisdom and the source of everlasting love. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Sonm who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 28 August 2017

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GOD HAS A REASON FOR ALLOWING THINGS TO HAPPEN … (AUTHOR UNKNOWN)

Jakarta, 28 August 2017

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YOUR ARE THE CHRIST: 21st Ordinary Sunday [Year A] – Matthew 16:13-20

Jakarta, 27 August 2017

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SIMON PETER’S FAITH IS THE STURDY ROCK ON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT

SIMON PETER’S FAITH IS THE STURDY ROCK ON WHICH THE CHURCH IS BUILT

(A biblical reflection on the 21st ORDINARY SUNDAY (Year A), 27 August 2017) 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20 

First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalms: Psalm 138:1-3,6,8; Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36 

The Scripture Text

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ. (Matthew 16:13-20 RSV)

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus first asks His disciples what others are saying about Him and then He asks them for their own opinion. The various answers to this questions tell us there must have been some debate about the meaning of Jesus’ ministry.

Some people believed Jesus was John the Baptist. Although King Herod killed John, many people who saw the signs and miracles Jesus performed wondered if He might really be John resurrected. Other people thought Jesus was Jeremiah or Elijah.

Jeremiah was a great Old Testament prophet who took the Ark of the Covenant (the box in the Temple containing the  Ten Commandments) and hid it in a cave on Mt. Nebo just before the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. (2 Maccabees 2:4-8). Since no one ever found the Ark of the Covenant, some Jews believed Jeremiah would return to the earth just before the Messiah’s arrival to reveal where he hid it. Thus, Jeremiah’s reappearance would indicate that the time of the Messiah is near.

Elijah was the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. According to the second book of Kings, Elijah never died but went to heaven in a fiery chariot. Some Jews believed Elijah would one day return to the world to prepare the way for the Messiah. When Elijah appears, the Messiah will not be far behind.

The people show great respect for Jesus when they compared Him to these three great men but they did not recognized Him as the long awaited Messiah. Only Simon Peter understood that Jesus was even more important than the greatest of the Old Testament figures and his belief in Jesus as the Messiah earned him a place of honor in the early Church. Simon Peter’s faith is the sturdy rock on which the Church is built.

(Source: Jerome J. Sabatowich, Cycling Through the Gospels – Gospel Commentaries for Cycles A, B, and C, page 86-87).

Short Prayer: Heavenly Father, You alone are true God, perfect good, all good, every good, the true and supreme good, You alone are good, loving and gentle. Grant me a fresh revelation of Your Son, Jesus, so I can know Him more, and can share His love to others. Amen. 

Jakarta, 25 August 2017 

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