Monday 5 March 2018

First Reading: 2 King 5:1-15a
Psalm Response:  Mzm 42:2.3;43:3.4
Gospel Reading:  Luk 4:24-30
 
Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth:
“Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel
in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”
When the people in the synagogue heard this,
they were all filled with fury.
They rose up, drove him out of the town,
and led him to the brow of the hill
on which their town had been built,
to hurl him down headlong.
But he passed through the midst of them and went away.
 
Shalom semuanya,
 
Didalam bacaan Injil hari ini, Yesus menegur orang-orang di Nazaret yang ada di rumah ibadat. Tuhan Yesus mengatakan bahwa Dia datang bukan hanya untuk bangsa Israel tetapi juga untuk bangsa-bangsa lain. Orang-orang yang mendengar perkataan Yesus menjadi marah, Mereka ingin menghalau Yesus, membawa Yesus ke tebing gunung lalu melempari Dia dari tebing itu.
 
Kita pun seringkali berperilaku sama seperti orang-orang Nazaret dimana kita menutup mata dan hati kita terhadap Jalan dan Kehendak Tuhan. Kita ingin Tuhan bertindak dan berperilaku seperti yang kita inginkan. Kita ingin Tuhan menghukum atau membinasakan orang-orang jahat di sekitar kita. KIta ingin Tuhan membalas dendam atau menghukum terhadap orang-oarng yang menyakiti atatu melukai kita.
 
Kita lupa bahwa Tuhan Yesus adalah Allah yang penuh belas kasih. ia rela meninggalkan 99 dombannya untuk mencari 1 dombanya yang hilang. Ketika ditemukan 1 domba yang hilang itu, Ia dengan penuh suka cita menggendong dombanya dipundaknya serta memberitakukan kabar gembira itu kepada sahabat-sahabatnya.
 
Pada masa pra-paskah ini, marilah kita membuka hati dan pkiran kita – kita mau dibentuk, diubah dan dipakai Tuhan.  We need to spend time this Lent identifying and repenting of all the ways we say “no God, this can’t be right” — whether it’s “no” to a Church teaching because we don’t like it or “no” to a bad situation that doesn’t end no matter how hard we pray. (source: https://gnm.org)
 
Song: As The Deer Longs by Bob Hurd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxKFtiPfxTM
 
God loves us,
 
Suhardi, Haryati dan Samuel
sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia
 
 
 

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