Friday 12 January 2018

First Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22a
Psalm Response: Ps 89:16-19
Gospel Reading: Mark 2:1-12

 
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
they were thinking to themselves,
so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
 
Shalom semuanya,
 
Dalam bacaan pertama hari ini bangsa Israel meminta seorang raja kepada Nabi Samuel. Samuel berdoa kepada Tuhan. Tuhan berkata,” Kabulkanlah segala permintaan bangsa itu kepadamu. Sebab bukan engkau yang mereka tolak, melainkan Aku. Mereka tidak menghendaki Aku lagi sebagai raja mereka. (1 Sam 8:7) Karena kekerasan bangsa Israel, Tuhan menyuruh Nabi Samuel mengangkat dan mengurapi Saul sebagai raja mereka. Yang kemudian hari Raja Saul tidak mengindahkan perintah Tuhan.
 
Didalam perjanjian baru, Yesus adalah Sang Raja – Dialah pemimpin yang menuntun umatNya menuju kerajaan Surga dan memenangkan peperangan melawan dosa dan Iblis. 
 
Didalam Injil hari ini, si lumpuh dan teman-temannya percaya bahwa Yesus adalah Raja, Mesias Sang Juruselamat yang mampu menghapus segala dosa-dosanya dan menyembuhkannya. Orang lumpuh itu sembuh baik secara fisik maupun secara rohani oleh Yesus
 
Siapakah raja dalam kehidupan kita sehari-hari? Yesus atau diri sendiri atau sesama kita – orangtua, anak, pasangan hidup, pacar yang menjadi raja didalam kehidupan kita? Atau mungkin barang-barang duniawi menjadi raja didalam kehidupan kita ?Siapa atau apa yang kita cari? Yesus atau yang lain – ketenaran, kekayaan, kehormatan, nama baik. Saatnya kita merefleksikan diri dan jika orientasi kita salah, datanglah kepada Yesus mohon kesembuhan dari padaNya.
 
Lagu: Hidup Ini Adalah Kesempatan
 
God loves us,
 
Suhardi, Haryati dan Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia

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