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PSALM 33:4-5 (Psalm Reading for today’s Mass: Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22)


Jakarta, 18 April 2017

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PSALM 16:1-2 (Psalm Reading for today’s Mass: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11)

Jakarta, 17 April 2017

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THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD: EASTER SUNDAY EVENING [YEAR A] – LUKE 24:13-35

Jakarta, 16 April 2017

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HAPPY EASTER 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

HAPPY EASTER !!!

Jakarta, 16 April 2017

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SET OUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS THAT ARE ON EARTH

SET OUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS THAT ARE ON EARTH

(A biblical refection on EASTER SUNDAY [YEAR A], 16 April 2017) 

One of the various readings at the Easter Sunday: Colossians 3:1-4 

The Scripture Text

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

O, how easy it is to lift our eyes to heaven today! Jesus is risen! He has defeated death, conquered the devil, and disarmed sin! Heaven’s gates have been opened wide for us! Now baptized into Christ, we can share in His victory and walk in our freedom.

Truly, we all should rejoice today, but what about tomorrow? How can we hold on to our Easter joy? Let’s be realistic. We should expect “bumps” in our daily path. Days will come when our minds will seem like a battlefield of temptation and anxiety. But these bumps don’t have to rob us of our inheritance. Grounded in the knowledge that we “have been raised with Christ” (Colossians 3:1), we can face the battle directly, and overcome!

Imagine that a co-worker or friend hurts any of us in some way. What will we do? It would be easy to feel deflated, angry, or defensive. But remember that Jesus has raised each and every one of us up with Him. If we keep filling our minds with the truths of God’s love – both for us and for the other person – there will be no room left for resentment or revenge.

Perhaps we feel that the demands for our times are overwhelming. Still, make time for prayer. When we take our eyes off everything we have to do and contemplate heaven instead, we’ll find ourselves better able to keep our tasks in perspective. We may even become more efficient!

Let’s resolve now to let our Easter celebration take deep root in our lives. As the Holy Spirit fills our minds with the reality of what happened on the first Easter Sunday, we will become a “heavenly minded” people, strong, peaceful, and hopeful no matter what our circumstances. We will become living witnesses to the power of the resurrection.

Prayer: Lord Jesus I praise You on the Easter day! You have risen from the dead and overcome sin and death! You have opened heaven for me! I rejoice with all the heavenly host for all You have done! Amen.

Jakarta, 14 April 2017 [GOOD FRIDAY] 

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HE HAS BEEN RAISED: EASTER VIGIL [YEAR A] -Matthew 28:1-10

Jakarta, 15 April 2017

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THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE REDEEMER [JOHN 19:15-30] – Good Friday

THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE REDEEMER [John 19:15-30] – Good Friday

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar”. Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified.

So, they took Jesus, and carrying the cross Himself He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews”. Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews’, but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took His tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be”, in order that the passage of scripture might be fulfilled [that says]: “They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots”. This is what the soldiers did.

Standing by the cross of jesus were His mother and mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son”. Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst”. There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to His mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is finished”. And bowing His head, He handed over the spirit. [John 9:15-30]

Prayer: Lord Jesus, through this bitter passion and through the outpouring of Your precious blood, I ask You to pierce my heart so that my tears of penance and love may be my bread day and night. Amen.

Jakarta, 14 April 2017 [GOOD FRIDAY]

 

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