Lord, You are the center of my life
Monday 11th September 2017

First Reading: Colossians 1:24–2:3
Psalm Response; Ps 62:6-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
Shalom semuanya,
Kadang-kadang mungkin kita lebih peduli atau concern dengan perkataan atau pandangan orang.
Kalau saya berbuat begini, bagaimana pandangan atau pendapat orang lain?
Didalam Injil hari ini, Yesus memberikan kita contoh untuk tetap berbuat baik walaupun dicela orang atau dianggap melanggar suatu aturan/hukum/adat istiadat yang berlaku.
Pertanyaan Yesus “Manakah yang diperbolehkan pada hari Sabat, berbuat baik atau berbuat jahat, menyelamatkan nyawa orang atau membinasakannya?” hendaklah selalu menjadi bahan acuan kita sebelum kita mengambil keputusan atau bertindak.
Hukum Cinta Kasih menjadi landasan kita didalam pengambilan keputusan atau bertindak.
Paul finds joy in suffering; to him, it’s a very significant way to honor God.Keep in mind that Paul’s sufferings in this reading came from imprisonment, not disease. However, no matter what the source of our sufferings, there are two essential gifts of love that are embedded in all of them if we want to be holy.

One is the gift of our life: We choose to let the Lord decide what to do with our illnesses, our crises, and our other painful trials. We use every means that he provides to overcome hardships; meanwhile, we choose to allow our sufferings to unite us to Jesus’ redemptive love on the cross.

The second is the gift of our death: Before we die physically and follow Jesus to heaven, we die to self, we die to our desires and our ideas of how our sufferings should end and how swiftly, and we do this as a sacrifice of love. By letting Jesus lead us, we become channels of His mercy and sometimes even His miraculous intervention. St John Paul II in his apostolic letter, “Salvifici Doloris” (On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering) teach us meaning of suffering for Christ (source: https://gnm.org).

Let’s us put God as our first priority and  in the center of our life.

Song: Center of My Life by Paul Inwood


God loves us,

Suhardi, Haryati dan Samuel

sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia