Heaven…our true Treasure!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 18 JUNE  2021  Friday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Mt 6: 19-23) How shall I live this Word?   Very often we Christians too, in the concreteness of facts, behave like pagans, under the guise of faith we admit and justify the pursuit of our particular interests. For Christ to be truly formed in us, there is a need for every area of our life to be clothed with the newness of the Gospel, for the light of the Word of God to enter even where the dim light of our well-being pleases and comforts us. Let us not delude ourselves that the ‘foreign body’ clouding our sight is a small speck! … We will not be wrong at all in thinking instead that it is a beam, and that there is still something to be done to clear the field of vision. We therefore take care to purify our wrong inclinations, what is at the root of our sins, that indulgent... read more

OUR FATHER

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 17 JUNE  2021  Thursday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven,  hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Mt 6: 7-15) How shall I live this Word?   The ‘Our Father’, summa of every prayer and concrete model of prayer that Jesus Himself left us, reminds us of a ‘scientific’ truth: the mutual dependence that binds us all. No one can claim to be completely free from others, but there is truly an identity that unites us all. Same origin, same family, same respiratory system. Without choice, we breathe the same air. Just as we need bread, so we need to hold each other’s hand more or less concretely. If we want joy, we cannot take it away from those around us, but we must recognize it as a good that is inevitably to be shared. If we want to be accepted and be successful,... read more

Jesus is our Compass

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 16 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”                       (Mt 5: 1-6/16-18) How shall I live this Word?   Knowing that it... read more

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 16 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”                       (Mt 5: 1-6/16-18) How shall I live this Word?   Knowing that it... read more

Simplicity in Speaking

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12 JUNE  2021  Saturday 10 IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY WORD of the DAY  Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow. But I say to you, do not swear at all;  not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. (Mt 5: 33-37) How shall I live this Word?   We need a hygiene of words to prevent our considerations from becoming dubious theologies disguised as certainty and devotion. You can’t play with words. The believer should be clear to avoid ‘the more’ that hurts, creates problems, judges, upsets. We are called to know how to say yes and no in the face of truth or falsehood, invited to measure the destructive power that our words can sometimes have, while they should only be a blessing. There is also a mercy of language; it is enclosed in silence. Whoever has this aptitude is like a great symphony where the pauses, the breaths, make the notes clearer, more beautiful, and when they speak their words become more meaningful. Jesus, grant that we may speak the good, grasp the beauty that is in us, in our neighbor, more than the human limitations. The Voice... read more

SACRED HEART OF JESUS…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11 JUNE  2021  Friday 10 MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS WORD of the DAY  Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for the Sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,  the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken  and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first  and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,  they did not break his legs,  but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn 19: 31-37) How shall I live this Word?   The feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus takes us back to the story of the hour of the Cross. Jesus gave His testament to His beloved disciple, His mother. He has already cried out His loneliness by entrusting His spirit into the arms of the Father. The Roman soldiers want to speed up the operation and so they break the legs of the crucified to quicken their death. “But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,  they did not break his legs,  but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” Thus it happens that what was supposed to be simply a verification of His death becomes a window into His Mystery. That piercing makes us look into the very Heart of Christ from which... read more

Be reconciled

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 10 JUNE  2021  Thursday 10 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:  “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.    (Mt 5: 20-26) How shall I live this Word?   Faith directs differently our gaze on our emotions, relationships, and the events of life. This involves the risk of dissociation from the things of the world and this dissociation involves fatigue when we do not continue to follow the word of Jesus. For this reason, it indicates how to take root in and how to become part of the world, because it is in this very world, often unjust and full of inconsistencies evident in every environment, that the Kingdom of Heaven is brought about. The human being as a child of God gives flesh to a Spirit that goes beyond earthly justice, providing  it and going beyond it. This is why long before killing,... read more

Spreading Hope through Audio and Video

Spreading hope through audio and video by Jessica Oata & Abigail Seta Port Moresby: Media students from eight catholic agency schools in Port Moresby were part of the 3rd Media Education Seminar (MES) that aimed at spreading hope through audio and video productions. LINK TO RESOURCE MANUAL It was held at the Emmaus Conference Centre from 4th- 6th June under the theme ‘Hope amidst Covid-19’ with animation of the program by the Social Communications Commission (SOCOM) of the Catholic Bishops Conference. The program commenced on the evening of Friday, 4th June with the first session on creating school news bulletin boards. This was followed by a time of reflection and discussion of issues faced by young people today. The second day of the program focused on producing jingles to promote their schools and attract prospective students. Radio interviews was the second session of the day that had the students interviewing their teachers. Each of the productions were recorded and edited by Radio Maria. Following these, the third session gave the students the opportunity to speak on camera for 20 seconds on issues in PNG. Storyboard and film shooting were the final sessions on the third day of the program that had the students unleashing their creativity and talent. They produced 8 short films on hope amidst COVID-19. “The students’ outputs and production were reflective and displayed a quest for answers to the situation of COVID-19 that we face today,” said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, Secretary for SOCOM. The intense weekend program concluded with a presentation of the jingles, interviews and short films. Present to witness the productions were Fr.... read more

Love fulfills the Law

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 9 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 10 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5: 17-19) How shall I live this Word?   We are called by Jesus to announce that the kingdom of heaven is near, to be witnesses that He makes everything new, but this does not mean that He has abolished the law of the old covenant established between God and His people. Jesus clarifies that, on the contrary, He does not abolish the ancient law since there is only one law that must be fulfilled in every aspect, even the smallest, and that indeed He will bring it to a perfect fulfillment. It is therefore not a question of a ‘better’ law but rather a ‘better justice’ than the justice of the scribes and Pharisees that had ‘legalized’ God. Nor, on the other hand, must the disciples separate God from His law. “Jesus means two things to His disciples. On the one hand that being bound to the law does not yet... read more

Inspiring young Catholic joins DB Indonesia’s YouTube channel to witness to his faith

By Fr. Peter Tukan, SDB         Jakarta, Indonesia, 7 June 2021 — Indonesia is one the few countries in the world that have been producing the world best badminton athletes. Today, the country has Jonatan Christie, 23 years old Catholic, who occupies the 7th position of the world men’s singles rankings according to the latest update of BWF World Rankings.        Jojo, as he is best known in Indonesia, spontaneously gave his quick response “yes” when he was asked to be the guest on the regular Thursday evening live show in Salesian Don Bosco Indonesia YouTube channel. He was asked just about 2 weeks before the show. He knew that the event was purely a religious activity as he was expected to share his faith experience to the majority Catholic audience.        The show was held on Thursday evening, 27 May 2021, at 19:00 Indonesian time. In that talk show, he was sharing  his understanding of the glory of God and how he lives in the spirit of gratitude for the greatness of the Lord that has been so vital for his life as a young Catholic and a national and international badminton player.        Jojo encouraged his fellow youth to glorify the Lord in whatever undertaking according to each one’s profession and career. This is where a person can be considered meaningful to his or her own life and the life of others. Everyone should accept the fact that he or she is merely the instrument that God uses to show or reveal His glory to the world.        Among... read more