Choice to follow Jesus
Friday 13th October 2017
First Reading: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2
Psalm Response: Ps 9:2-3,6,16,8-9
Gospel Reading; Luke 11:15-26

 
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

 
Shalom semuanya,
 
“Siapa tidak bersama Aku, ia melawan Aku dan siapa tidak mengumpulkan aku, ia mencerai-beraikan.”
Didalam Injil hari ini, Yesus membicarakan tentang pilihan atau ‘choice’
– pilihan untuk mengikuti Yesus dan GerejaNya – Gereja Katolik atau pilihan untuk mengikuti si jahat
 
Kita tidak bisa setengah-setengah mengikuti Tuhan Yesus tetapi juga mengikuti yang lain – mengikuti arus dunia dan si jahat misalnya soal perkawinan sejenis – gay marriage. 
 
Gereja Katolik mengajarkan bahwa perkawinan bukan merupakan hubungan ‘apa saja’ antara manusia. Perkawinan ditentukan oleh Allah Sang Pencipta dengan kodratnya tersendiri, dengan sifat-sifat dan maksudnya yang hakiki (lih. Gaudium et Spes 48). Maka perkawinan hanya dapat diadakan antara seorang pria dan seorang wanita, yang dengan saling memberikan diri yang sepantasnya dan eksklusif hanya antara mereka berdua, mengarah kepada persekutuan pribadi mereka. Dengan cara ini, mereka saling menyempurnakan dalam rangka bekerjasama dengan Tuhan di dalam penciptaan dan pengasuhan (upbringing) kehidupan-kehidupan manusia yang baru (source: http://www.katolisitas.org/mengapa-gereja-katolik-menentang-perkawinan-homoseksual/)
 
Jika kita hidup bersatu dengan Yesus, kita mampu melawan godaan dunia dan godaan si jahat. Maukah kita mengikuti Yesus dan ajaran GerejaNya tanpa syarat?
 
Song: I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
 
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
 
The cross before me, the world behind me
The cross before me, the world behind me
The cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back
No one go with me, still I will follow
No one go with me, still I will follow
No one go with me, still I will follow
No turning back, no turning back
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
 
God loves us,
 
Suhardi, Haryati and Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia
 
 
 

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