My daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, 17 August2014.
“Then Jesus said unto them; Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
TODAY is the 69th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. The readings proclaimed today in Indonesia refers to the Indonesian Independence Day’s celebration. As we experience every year, it was the annual August 17th as our nationwide celebration. This celebration is not only celebrated by the State, but also by the Catholic Indonesian Church through liturgical ceremonies.
Celebrating the Independence Day of our Republic of Indonesia is not only marked with community events, people’s games and ceremonial flag waving but also with prayer and liturgical event. It’s so, Catholic Church in Indonesia is also celebrating it with the Holy Mass and Eucharist.
So, the quotation today is Matthew 22:21, “Then Jesus said unto them; Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
We should give Caesar’s and must give God’s. We remember what the first Semarang Archbishop Mgrs. Albertus Soegijapranata SJ: “100% Catholic, 100% Patriotic”. Now we say: “100% Catholic, 100% Indonesia”. We know well the proverb in Latin language: Pro Ecclesia et Patria.
We can read and reflect the word of Jesus: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21) in this context.
As believers, we are also challenged to manifest this word today. We should give what God’s first, then the Caesar’s. God wants us all to promote justice, peace, brotherhood, and wealth. Consequently, no one can escape from this vocation. Our faith in Christ is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society.
Each of us is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor. We must promote solidarity and our daily life.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we are always praying for justice and peace, love and harmony, brotherhood and solidarity. It is a social love we can always share in our daily life perpetually.
Lord Jesus Christ, bless our nation that always is justice and peace, love and harmony, brotherhood and solidarity. Make our nation a better place for everybody lives in our country, now and forever. Amen.
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