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PARABLE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13 – TWENTY-FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR:  Friday, 31 August 2018

Jesus’ parable complements Paul’s message about decision (see First Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25). Our present actions have consequences for the future. Even inaction has consequences.

The wisdom or foolishness with which we conduct our lives have implications which we cannot escape. The passion or heat of the moment can distort things now as well as in the future. No argument is ever really forgotten. The good we do, individually and collectively, and the good we fail to do, are part of us. Nothing is ever a complete throwaway. Every day, we are either building up the Kingdom or destroying it.

Our present decisions and indecisions are never trivial.

 

Jakarta, 31 August 2018

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ROMANS 12:12 [KJV]

Jakarta, 31 August 2018

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JESUS TALKS OF THE FINAL HOUR

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew  24:42-51 – TWENTY-FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR: Thursday, 30 August 2018

The real function of the second coming is found in Jesus words in today’s Gospel reading. It gives us perspective. Realization that the Master will return for a strict accounting enables us, both as a parish and as individuals, to separate the trivial from the important.

The Lord’s second coming reminds us that the Church is an interim instrument. Everything of her – dioceses, parishes, liturgy committees, personnel boards, finance committees, diocesan offices – are all intended to glorify the Lord Jesus. In the final analysis, our manner of dealing with one another is the ultimate sign of faith that we can offer the world. If the law of the jungle pervades a diocese, then why should the world listen?

The test which places things in perspective is whether our parish membership helps us to love God and our neighbor – or not.

Jakarta, 30 August 2018

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JOHN 11:25 [KJV]

Jakarta, 30 August 2018

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THE BEHEADING OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST – Memoria: 29 August

In the language of the New Testament,  a “martyr” is essentially a “witness”. John was a “baptist”, in that he chose this form of ministry to help the people towards repentance and reform of life. But, besides baptizing, John also spoke, and in his preaching and proclamation of the word of God he was a prophet and a witness to Christ.

An ancient Church homily speaks of three kinds of martyrdom: red, green, white. “Red” martyrdom is that of shedding one’s blood for Christ. “Green” martyrdom is that of the innocent children, cut down like fresh green plants in the springtime of life. “White” martyrdom is that of the adult Christian who spends life faithfully and sincerely in following Christ.

We are all called to live the life of a witness. At the end of each Mass we are sent out to bear witness. At the end of each Mass we are sent out to bear witness to Jesus. We are all sent to live the life of a martyr. We may not be called upon  to undergo a martyrdom of blood, a “red” martyrdom in which we give our lives for Christ. But we are called to live a “white” martyrdom.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You appointed Saint John the Baptist to be the herald of the birth and death of Jesus 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, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 29 August 2018

A Christian Pilgrim

 
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JOHN 1:17

Jakarta, 29 August 2018

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SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO [354-430], Bishop and Doctor of the Church – Memoria: 28 August

Jakarta, 28 August 2018

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PHILIPPIANS 4:13 [KJV]

Jakarta, 28 August 2018

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SAINT MONICA, THE MOTHER OF SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO – Memoria: 27 August

Jakarta, 27 August 2018

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PSALM 121:5 [KJV]

Jakarta, 27 August 2018

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