Monday, June 29, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
In the first reading, the readers know that Hannah is Elkanah's wife. Hannah had no children. As a result, this situation made her so sad. Even her rival, Peninnah, Elkanah's other wife, provoked her sore; to make her fret. So, one day Hannah stood near the doorpost of the Lord's temple and started praying to the Lord with her lips. Her voice was inaudible and she was weeping uncontrollably. While she was acting like that, Eli, the priest, sitting in his chair by the doorpost of the Lord's temple thought she was drunk.
This morning, I found an empty glass on my table containing ants. These ants were still alive, but they couldn't come out from the glass because the surface of the glass is too sly. I was wondering, why did they come into it if they couldn't come out? I thought that maybe they just thought about what they needed and neglected about the risk. But, after that, I let them out to have another chance of a better life.
Both of these stories are quite similar but they have a different focus. The ants were stuck in the glass because they just focused to get foods or drinks from the bottom of the glass. But, Hannah was presumed drunk by Eli the priest because she focused on praying to God, standing near the Lord's temple, moving her lips but inaudible, and weeping uncontrollably.
Our focus is a crucial matter. When we are doing something or anything, what are in our mind or act? What are actually our motivations and our focus? Is it for our self-fulfillment? Are we doing and thinking because of the Lord and for the Lord only to glorify Him? This morning, I would like to remind us to start our day and come to think about our motivation and our focus on our plan this whole day. Therefore, let us pray that the Holy Spirit leads us in our way and set our mind to our Master, Jesus Christ.
By Yulius Telaumbanua, Indonesia.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
“Do not be afraid,” Christ said and still says. Christ is not for the fearless but for those who must control their fears. During this uncertain time of the pandemic, this is a message we need to hear. It is very relevant for us today. We fear the possibility of catching Covid-19; we fear the financial consequences of this prolonged lockdown. We might even fear of losing our jobs, our livelihoods. But still, Jesus tells us not to be afraid. He tells us that not one sparrow falls to the ground without God’s knowledge. He knows us so well that he knows how many hairs we have on our heads. So, he says, “do not be afraid” we are worth more than many sparrows.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Living in the world, people tend to pursue their worldly happiness rather than heavenly happiness because this happiness has its lure that can directly attract and stimulate humans’ senses. This can be clearly seen in so many pieces of evidence that show the people’s worldly curiosity like a shopping center, mall, tourists’ destinations, hotels, bars, movies, and many more. Many things can be done by a man in finding this-worldly happiness and comfortable life. It will be very dangerous to satisfy this greed. People with this hedonistic spirit can destroy other people mentally and physically and can make them fall into misery. The world is constantly serving all of humankind's wicked and evil desires. Cheating becomes their flaming spirit to ruin other people. This horrifying spirit is making the world older and older when they start to destruct flora and fauna which at the same time they are destroying this planet. Climate change, as a result of that spiritual conduct, is now showing its "bullet". Many people are now experiencing the bad impact of natural disasters.
Deciding to be the children of God needs a strong desire for consistency. The only power that weakens the spirit of following God is the bliss of momentary pleasure or temporary pleasure. Even there is a typhoon, we have no reason to be afraid of it. We need to convince ourselves that we have our God, Jesus Christ who is in control. Letting Him work the rest that we can’t do and He will do. Let Him control the rest that we can’t do including facing those who think that they are powerful and can deceive us. So many of them are walking around us every day. But Jesus will never let them take control of us. Hold tightly to His teaching, His hands, even though it seems impossible but everything is possible with Him. There will be hope forever.
Two years ago, I started my chemo for treating my breast cancer stadium 3b. I was very sad thinking about the very high cost that my family couldn't afford these treatments. For every 3 weeks, we had to spend about 40 million for a year. There were 18 times of treatment. God understood our crying heart after my daughter and I visited BPJS main office in Jakarta in vain. To make the long story short, finally, all the treatments were perfectly done. God gave us everything we needed by answering our continuous prayer and bringing all of our burden in Him. All the needs were paid in cash and in time. Glory be to God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!!!
By Ceisy, Indonesia.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
When I discovered this text and read this verse, I admired for Elisha’s faithfulness to Elijah. Although Elijah asked Elisha not to follow him to the Jordan Elisha kept following Elijah by his wonderful commitment by saying, “As Yahweh lives and as you live, I will not leave you”. More than commitment, this is a vow. As an oath, Elisha performed his faithfulness until they were separating which Elijah lifted to heaven.
Elisha’s words to Elijah reminded me when I had made my perpetual vow a couple of years ago. I committed to following Jesus as a religious one. It means this decision has consequences. I have promised God to follow Him on my entire life and God requires me to show my commitment.
As a religious one, I learn much from many couples about faithfulness. Faithfulness is the way to holiness. Pope Francis in the year 2015 for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, gave canonization to a couple from France. This couple names Louis and Zelie Martin, parents from Santa Therese of Lisieux.
I am glad to see many families live peacefully, love each other, and they can maintain their relationship until they die. Undeniably, there are so many challenges to be faithful. Like an ark, wave, and wind of problems toss onto the family. Yet, they can get through it until death does them part.
It is our prayer that may God give mercy of fidelity to religious people and Catholic families. Hence, their lives witness God’s mercy and loyalty.
Fr. Aris Mada, SVD
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Jesus talks about three pillars or three pious deeds that can help us – every Christian to become mature in our spiritual life. These three pious deeds are almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. If we exercise Almsgiving, prayer, and fasting properly, these will bring us closer to God. It is obviously seen in this passage that Jesus reminds us of the wrong motive of some people who exercised these three pious deeds. These three pious deeds are supposed to put us on the right path to become closer to God, our Father. Almsgiving will free us from our detachment to our belongings or our possessions so that we can help the needy. Fasting will remind us that we always need God and we are always hungry for God. Prayer will help us to have good communication with God. In our prayer, we can find the will of God for us.
My brothers and sisters, let us be honest and genuine in our spiritual life. We have to make sure that we practice almsgiving, fasting, and prayer with our pure motive to become closer to God. Do not become a hypocritical person because a hypocrite wants to draw people’s attention and wants to be seen as superior to others. Please kindly bear in our mind, when we perform these practices in order to get humans’ approval, these practices will not enormously benefit us.
By Risco Batbual, SVD
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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By Nydia Flores
Friday, June 12, 2020
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By Józef Trzebuniak SVD
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
We often listen to these words of Jesus today: “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.” We can ask ourselves, “Why did Jesus tell these words to his disciples and to all of us, his disciples in this present time?” I would like to say that through his words today, Jesus wants to confirm that He comes for the salvation of all humanity.In the time of old, God gave His Law and His words for the salvation of His people through all His prophets. But now,God speaks to all humanity for their salvation through His only Son, the long-awaited Messiah – Jesus Christ. Jesus does not abolish the Law and the Prophets, because the Law and the Prophets are meant for the salvation of all people.Jesus comes to renew these Law and Prophets because some persons and groups try to twist the Word of God for their own benefit. And Jesus fulfills His own words through His death and resurrection, in order to show the compassionate heart of God for the salvation of all humanity.
We are called to listen and obey the word of God by our words and deeds.And if we do these, we will be considered great in the Kingdom of God. Jesus has come to fulfill the promise of God to save us by showing how to follow and obey the Word of God. May we strive to be faithful to the Word of God, so that we will become good children of God and real disciples of Jesus; and we will be considered great in the Kingdom of God. Amen.
By Risco Batbual, SVD
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
It is important to deal with any form of stress or anxiety. David wrote this because he was anxious. We need to trust that God listens to us when we pray or cry out to Him.
By Martha, Australia.