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Apa itu Injil?

Hari Minggu Ketiga dalam Masa Biasa [B]
21 Januari 2024
Markus 1:14-20

Yesus memulai misi-Nya dengan menyatakan, “Waktunya telah genap, Kerajaan Allah sudah dekat, bertobatlah dan percayalah kepada Injil!” Namun, pertanyaannya adalah, “Injil apakah yang harus kita percayai?” Tentu saja, Injil yang dimaksud bukanlah keempat Injil tertulis (Matius, Markus, Lukas, dan Yohanes) karena Injil-injil tersebut ditulis beberapa tahun setelah kematian dan kebangkitan Yesus. Jadi, apakah yang dimaksud dengan Injil di sini?
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The Crisis of Fatherhood

31st Sunday of the Ordinary Time [A]
November 5, 2023
Matthew 23:1-12

One of the greatest crises in our time is the crisis of fatherhood. In various societies, many children live and grow up without their fathers. Many surveys and studies have pointed out this reality affected especially the western countries. Yet, the virus is also penetrating other countries that possess strong family cultures. The absence of a father in the family severely affects the children’s behaviours. Children without fathers tend to grow into persons with various mental issues and problems with society. Now, in the Gospel, Jesus said, “Call no one father on earth… (Mat 23:9).” In our context, Jesus’ words are intriguing. Why did Jesus not allow us to call anyone father while our societies need fathers more than ever?
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True Love and How We Know It

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]
October 29, 2023
Matthew 22:34-40

Love is arguably the most used but also the most misunderstood and even misused. Some people use this word to manipulate others and get what they want. Men or women can say, ‘Don’t you love me?’ to keep their partners in a toxic and abusive relationship. Some others will easily utter, ‘This is because we love each other,’ to justify their sinful behaviors. For the ‘love’ of their country and race, some men persecute another ethnic group and burn their villages. For the ‘love’ of God and religion, some men blow themselves up and kill innocent people, including children. Yet, this is not the real love, and surely not what Jesus meant when He taught the commandment of love. So, what does Jesus mean by true love?
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Render to God what belongs to God

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]
October 22, 2023
Matthew 22:15-21

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mt 22:21).” Many people understand Jesus’ words as His approval to pay taxes and, thus, to support and honor duly elected or appointed leaders of governments. Though many of us are not comfortable knowing that our hard-earned money is deducted, we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that our money is used to fund the various governments’ projects. Hopefully, these projects are for the welfare of the people. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with seeing Jesus’ statement in this light, yet we must remember the second half of Jesus’ words.
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Secret of Happiness

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]
October 15, 2023
Matthew 22:1-14
Phil 4:12-14, 19-20

St. Paul ended his letter to the Philippians by sharing one of his greatest secrets, “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content …I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. (Phil 4:12).” St. Paul is giving away the secret of facing all situations in his life, which leads him to happiness. Then, what is his secret of happiness?
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