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JOHN 20:28-29 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31)

Jakarta, 24 April 2022 [SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR C]

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LUKE 24:45 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35-48)

Jakarta, 21 April 2022 [EASTER OCTAVE: THURSDAY]

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SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD (25 March)

GOSPEL READING: Luke 1:26-38

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me a childlike heart. Teach me to rely on You for everything. I place all my cares and concerns into Your loving hands. Thank You for being with me as I walk through this day. I pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 25 March 2022

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SAINT JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY [Solemnity: 19 March]

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of Saint Joseph. His life reveals the way of faith and trust. Help me in my walk of faith today to be humble and responsible to You. We pray this in the most precious name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Jakarta, 19 March 2022 [Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

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LUKE 10:9 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-9)

Jakarta, 26 January 2022

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MARK 16:17-18 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 16:15-18)

Jakarta, 25 January 2022

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LUKE 3:22 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22)

Jakarta, 9 January 2022 [Feast of the Baptism of the Lord]

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JOHN 3:30 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 3:22-30)

Jakaerta, 8 January 2022

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LUKE 2:21 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 2:16-21)

Jakarta, 1 January 2021 [Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God]

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MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

(A biblical reflection on THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, Saturday, 1 January 2022)

GospelReading: Luke 2:16-21

First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27; Psalms: Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8; Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7

The Scripture Text

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this Child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

And at the end of eight days when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:16-21 RSV)

Have you ever considered why we have a special feast to celebrate Mary as the Mother of God? Actually, this feast is meant to celebrate Jesus’ divinity. By recognizing Mary as the Mother of God, we are proclaiming our faith in who Jesus is. Early in the Church’s history, some heretics taught that Jesus assumed His divine nature at His baptism or at His resurrection. Others taught that Jesus was merely a good man who taught us how to please God. Recognizing Mary as the Mother of God, and not just the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, upholds a central truth of our faith: Almighty God became flesh in the womb of a human being.

As Mother of God, Mary bore Jesus into this world. Now, as Jesus’ mothers, sisters, and brothers (Mark 3:35), we are called to follow Mary’s example and bring the life and love of God to others. We too are called to be “God-bearers” (Greek: Theotokos).

Of course, we may ask, “How could I hope to have the kind of relationship with God that Mary did? After all, she is the Blessed Virgin!” Yet, God has a very specific plan for each of us, to raise us up to His divine life. He wants to teach us how to treasure His word and ponder it (see Luke 2:19). He invites us to quiet our souls so that we can hear His voice. He wants to win our hearts over so much that our trust in Him and our obedience to His will would be undivided.

How can we become more open to God’s word? We can begin by setting aside time for Him – time without television, telephone calls, and other distractions. We can bring to Him our guilt, shame, or anxieties – everything that blocks our experience of His healing love. As we open our hearts to Jesus, read the Holy Scripture, and obey the promptings of His Spirit, we will begin experiencing the heart of peace that Mary knew. Therefore, let us set aside a little quiet time for God every day. As we do, we too will come to know His love, His promptings, and His grace.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, since You gave mankind a Savior through blessed Mary, virgin and mother, grant that we may feel the power of her intercession when she pleads for us with Jesus Christ, Your Son, the Author of life, who lives and reign with You and Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!

Jakarta, 1 January 2022

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