JOHN 19:26-27 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 19:25-34)

Jakarta, 6 June 2022 [MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH]

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MARK 9:38-40 (Today’s Gospel Reading)

Jakarta, 23 February 2022

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JOHN 19:25-27 (Today’s Gospel Reading)

Jakarta, 15 September 2021 (Memoria of Our Lady of Sorrows]

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JOHN 19:26-27 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 19:25-34)

Jakarta, 24 May 2021

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1 JOHN 4:11

Jakarta, 25 May 2018

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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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(A biblical reflection on the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist –  27 December 2012) 

First Reading: 1Jn 1:1-4 

Psalms: Ps 97:1-2,5-6.11-12; Gospel Reading: Jn 20:2-8 

YOHANES PENGINJIL - 1The Scripture Text

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete. (1Jn 1:1-4 RSV) 

Every day, we live within the framework of the Church Calendar, yet we rarely give it much thought. Nevertheless, it can offer precious insights into the Christian life. Today serves as a good example: We celebrate the feast of St. John, by long tradition, considered to be “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn 21:20) and the author of the Fourth Gospel as well as the epistles bearing his name. According to early Christian legend, John cared for the Virgin Mary until her assumption and thereafter lived a long life, dying at a very old age.

What a contrast to Stephen, commemorated yesterday, who was brutally stoned to death (see Acts 7:54-60)! These two disciples held very little in common, except for this: They both saw Jesus. In his final words, Stephen proclaimed the glorious reality of the risen Lord whom he saw “standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). John, on the other hand, testified to the historical aspect of the Incarnate Word: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands” (1Jn 1:1).

By putting these two witnesses side by side, the Church offers us a unique perspective on the reality of Jesus, crucified but risen; enthroned in heaven, yet living among us. Each in their own way, both men tells us: “The life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father” (1Jn 1:2).

It is our privilege and challenge to deepen this reality in our lives, Stephen and John were no different from us; they simply opened their lives to the Lord. Such witnesses can spur us on to experience the same revelation of Christ, to share the same complete joy. Whatever circumstance that God has placed us in – suffering or peace – the many diverse witnesses to Jesus exhort us daily: “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1Jn 1:3). 

Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, renew us by Your presence this day, that we may become living testaments to Your love. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Jakarta, 25 December 2012  [Christmas Day] 


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(A biblical reflection on THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN, 27 December 2010)


Gospel Reading: Jn 20: 2-8

First Reading: 1Jn 1:1-4; Psalms: Ps 97:1-2,5-6,11-12


The Scripture Text

So she (note: Mary Magdalene) ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed (Jn 20:2-8 RSV).


What an immense privilege to be at Jesus’ tomb on the day He rose from the dead! Yet John believed even before he saw the risen Christ. He only saw the burial cloths and the empty tomb – and he believed. From the evidence before him, he accepted the gift of faith that God offered him at that moment (see Jn 20:4-8). In this way, John is an example for us, for the gift of faith that he was given is available to all of us.


Certainly John lived an extraordinarily graced life. He saw, touched, and heard Jesus, the ‘WORD OF LIFE’ (see 1Jn 1:1). Yet John had to exercise faith that Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God. He also had to learn the humility and obedience that are a necessary part of the Christian life. The good news is that the same Spirit that enabled John to believe in Jesus is also available to us.


Actually, we have more evidence of Jesus’ lordship and resurrection available to us today than John had in his time. We have 2,000 years of Christian history testifying to the power of the risen Christ in transformed lives. When we consider the testimony of faith over the centuries and the evidence of Christian faith among the one billion people today who count themselves as Christians, we can be strengthened in our own faith in ways unavailable to John in his day. Even when the Church has been beset by the weakness and sins of its members, the light of holiness has endured, bearing witness to the risen Christ even in the darkest of moments.


It is right, then for our belief in Jesus’ resurrection to be more than merely intellectual. With so much evidence of His resurrection, we can place our whole hearts and lives in the hands of the risen Savior. He loves us immensely. He has called us to be be His beloved disciples., just as certainly as He called John. He want to shower us with His grace in ways that will bring us as much wonder and joy as John experienced as he peered into the empty tomb.


Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, Redeemer of the world, I love You and praise You. Thank You for coming to give me life. Thank You for the precious gift of faith in You. Amen.


Jakarta, 27 December 2010 [THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE APOSTLE]  


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