MY daily reflection and prayer:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014:
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 9:51-56.
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.
And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem and He wanted to His journey passed through a Samaritan village, but the Samaritans did not welcome Him because the destination of His journey was Jerusalem. Jewish pilgrims who passed through Samaritan territory were often treated badly because the Jews and Samaritans had been divided for centuries. They hated each other.
Knowing this, James and John reacted angrily. They asked to Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” It’s great that Jesus turned and rebuked them. Jesus then journeyed to another village.
What can we reflect on and learn from the Gospel we read today? First of all it’s important to me to learn on tolerance which is a much needed virtue today. It is love that seeks the highest good of both one’s neighbor and one’s enemy.
Second, we learn to love and understand those who hate us and cause us trouble. As Jesus has done to the Samaritans, we learn to make our enemy our friends. We treat lovingly those who cross us and cause us trouble. We seek their good rather than their harm.
Third, we learn from Jesus in facing rejection with love and the spirit of reconciliation. He always offers of friendship to everyone. It’s why He rebukes His disciples for their lack of tolerance.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray for peace in this world. We ask to Jesus that His cross is more fruitful for all. We also ask that we can live in peace and harmony to all mankind.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You are so gracious, merciful, and kind. Set us free from our prejudice and intolerance towards those we find disagreeable. Help us to wide our heart to love and to do good even to those who wish us harm or evil that we become peacemakers, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
PS: Congratulations to the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist Chapel of Kebon Dalem Parish, Semarang.
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