We Must Also Bear Fruit

"Do you think that because of these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?  ... or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?"

Sisters and brothers, there are two great temptations in our spiritual life.

The first temptation is manifested in a word: punishment . We are tempted to think and believe that there is a direct link between misery and God's punishment: "I'm sick because I have sinned” – “I got an accident because God is angry with me” – “I have problems because I am not in the way of God” -  etc.  Shortly saying: God punishes me!

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Menjadi Seperti Anak Kecil

Bacaan Injil:  Markus 10:13-16

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Salah satu Sabda Tuhan dalam Injil Markus 10:13-16 berbunyi: “Aku berkata kepadamu sesungguhnya barangsiapa tidak menyambut Kerajaan Allah seperti anak kecil, dia tidak akan masuk kedalamnya.”

Apakah Kerajaan Allah itu?

Kerajaan Allah merupakan salah satu tema besar pengajaran/pewartaan Tuhan Yesus.  Di mana pun, ke mana pun Dia pergi, Dia sering berbicara tentang Kerajaan Allah.  Kerajaan Allah itu sama artinya dengan Allah yang meraja.  “Tetapi jika aku mengusir setan dengan kuasa Allah, maka sesungguhnya Kerajaan Allah sudah datang kepadamu.” (Lukas 11:20).  Dalam diri Yesus, Allah datang ke tengah-tengah umat.  Dia mulai meraja di tengah-tengah umatNya.  Lalu, apakah dan siapakah anak kecil itu?

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Berpikir, Beriman, Bertindak

I would like to begin this homily with three important points of today's readings:

(1) From the first reading:  “The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness. Today, though the LORD delivered you into my grasp, I would not harm the LORD’s anointed.”

(2) From the second reading: " Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.”

(3) From the Gospel: "Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Briefly, today we are invited to listen to the message of the Word of God: (1) to think clearly, (2) to believe worthily, and (3) to act positively.

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Thanksgiving for the Recognition of Our Congregation

On the event that we are celebrating today, P.Ortolon in his book "The Oblates of Mary Immaculate during the first century of their existence" tells us: "After several weeks of uninterrupted labor, the final meeting was fixed to February 15, 1826, in the morning. During all the time that it lasted, the Founder remained in prayer in the large and beautiful church of St. Mary in Campitelli, situated on the square of the same name, opposite the palace of the Cardinal Prefect. He had time to hear nine Masses, and the sitting extended until noon. It was a great pleasure to learn, in the evening, that the commission had unanimously concluded for the formal approval of the Rules, and the canonical erection of the Society of Missionary Oblates into a truly recognized Congregation, constituted by the Church. Two days later, on February 17, 1826, Leo XII confirmed with his supreme authority the decision of the cardinals and ordered the writing of the apostolic Letters which were officially to testify. At the same time, by a new favor, the Pope changed the name of Oblates of St. Charles to the much more glorious Oblates of Mary Immaculate. "

Let us not forget that there was also the second approval made by Pope Gregory XVI by apostolic letters of March 20, 1846. He was pleased to note, he said, that it was, in a very short time THE Congregation marvelously developed, not only in Europe, but also in the most distant regions of America.

That is why today we celebrate February 17th  as a thanksgiving to God for the recognition of our congregation.

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Menjadi Yang Terakhir dan Pelayan Dari Semuanya

Ketika saya ingin menjadi imam, hal yang saya bayangkan pada waktu itu adalah berdiri di depan umat, memimpin Ekaristi dengan pakaian khusus. Saya menjadi pusat perhatian di dalam Gereja. Saya membayangkan betapa hebatnya diri saya bisa tampil seperti itu. Setelah saya menjalani pendidikan untuk menjadi imam, saya baru sadar bahwa apa yang dulu saya bayangkan itu keliru. Menjadi seorang imam adalah menjadi pelayan umat. Meskipun imam berada di depan dan berbicara kepada banyak orang, dia melakukan semua itu dalam rangka melayani kebutuhan umat akan Sabda Tuhan. Dia tidak bisa melakukan tugasnya sebagai imam untuk kebanggaannya sendiri atau kepuasannya sendiri.

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