Jakarta, 16 July 2018

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21-29 – TWELFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: 28 June 2018 

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus rejects the outward display of religiosity as a guarantee of divine help. To speak of a Christian nation or a people of faith implies a great deal more than the insignia of religion, prayer in schools, chaplains in legislatures, religious mottoes, hymns at inaugurations and prayerful invocations at public dinners.

More crucially, it is putting he Lord’s teachings into practice. It is the effort to achieve some measure of justice in domestic policy and morality in foreign policy. The same is true of a family. To be a Christian family is more than church attendance. It is discipleship on a daily basis. The Sermon began with the Beatitudes which grounded true discipleship. It ends with the warning that the practical implementation of these attitudes is the safeguard against a temporary spiritual enthusiasm and is the foundation of a mature and effective spirituality.

To be long-lived, faith and reform must be more than skin deep. They must reach heart, mind and life style.

Jakarta, 28 June 2018

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:15-20 – TWELFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR:  Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Although false prophets are present in every age, they were especially virulent in the early Church where prophets had a regular role. This warning reminds us that because something sounds religious, or claims to be sponsored by pious people, no assurance is given us that it is uplifting or spirituality enhancing.

Jesus instruct us to look to the effects of a prophet’s ministry or teaching in his life as well as our own. The test of teaching is practice. We should examine whether a prophet’s words make our lives more spiritually unified, give us peace, and draw us closer to the Church community Jesus founded. We should test whether a particular prophetic message facilitates our prayer, allows us to see God’s will in our lives more clearly, generates deeper harmony among a wide variety of people and makes the Gospel words come to special life for us.

Prophets can hold us back or lead us forward. All are to be tested by their own lives and the unity they bring to our own.

Jakarta, 27 June 2018

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:6, 12-14 – TWELFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 26 June 2018

We have three instructions from Jesus: to protect our religious integrity; to protect our social integrity through fair dealing with others; to protect our personal integrity whatever the difficulty.

Just as the Southern kingdom of Judah followed the more difficult path of fidelity to God at the time of today’s first reading (2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36) and maintained strength as a people, so we are asked to recall that our strength as a Church or parish or as individuals is not a sacramental given to which the rest of our lives is irrelevant. It is the result of persistent efforts to remain faithful to the Gospel.

The covenant is less a blind contract than a meeting of minds. We share God’s life, love and strength to the extent that we pattern our lives on His Word.

Jakarta, 26 June 2018

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Jakarta, 26 June 2018

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:1-5 -TWELFTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 25 June 2018

We do not have the perspective of hindsight from day to day. In today’s Gospel reading, the Lord tells us to refrain from judging others. Of course, we all form tentative opinions on a number of issues that guide our lives. But Jesus reminds us not to close the books on any individual.

God’s grace is operative in every person’s life at each moment and we cannot predict the result of its mysterious chemistry. Furthermore, we cannot fully comprehend the life experiences that made an individual the type of person she or he has become. Lastly, our snap judgments can be wrong. We can often mistake reticence for snobbery or anxiety for evasive behavior.

As we do not want others to make harsh judgments upon us without knowing our whole story, so we should not do the same to them. There is always a story.

We should be willing  to give people a chance as does the Lord we follow.

Jakarta, 25 June 2018

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:24-34 – ELEVENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Jesus’ words about the flowers of the field and the birds of the air are not counsels to a careless life. We are warned against the divided loyalty of trusting God in theory while negating that in practice.

The Lord invites us to a fundamental trust in God. Such a trust sees His providence continuing at work in all the events of our lives. It is the conviction that the God who gave us life will not see us disintegrate. The spiritual, loving core inside us that He fashioned and loves is safe and will thrive both in this world and in the next.

Our trust in God gives us an identity, internal coherence and tradition.

Jakarta, 23 June 2018

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