12 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Friday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 12, 2021

He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Friday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 12, 2021. Reading delivered by Bobby Michael and meditation delivered by April Mendoza (from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Genesis 3: 1-8; Rs psalm 32: 1-; Mark 7: 31-37.


The theme for our meditation today is: The Image and Likeness of God as Human. Every human person created in the image and likeness of God is definitely a gift. This noble and special dignity is gifted by the will of God, and not because of any human person’s will. One of the dimensions gifted which makes humans the best from all other creatures is the dimension of freedom. Added to this is the right to have life in this world which is completely entrusted to them. But this particular dimension indeed has its limits because they are only humans.

This means that we use our freedom and the trust from God to the best of our abilities as human beings. Our position and dignity remain as human beings, and we cannot change them to those of God. This is actually the intention of God to give us privileges, however, at the same time there are limits we must not trespass. It is the same as a father and a mother will remain a father and a mother to their children until they die. It is impossible for the children to change positions to become the parents, while the parents become the children.

Such change occurs only in a play or drama. What is already determined as its nature and identity, it remains as such. The title of our meditation says what is true, that man and woman are the special human beings and stop at that point. There is no need to give additional “and”, “or”, “also”. There should not be other alternatives for one’s nature and identity, which, for the sake of one’s freedom, someone can choose no to become a human person.

It is precisely on this kind of deviation that Satan finds his way. He tempts man or woman to rise to the same position with God. That was the story of the first human being tempted and it was the first fall into sin. There is a common saying that goes like this: “Your strength or power is also your weakness! Man was created in the image and likeness of God as human being, which means he or she is superior to all other creatures on earth. Moreover, human beings are entrusted to care and to make use of other creations, as well as to protect them.

However, these advantages and privileges are also weaknesses. When we cannot use wisely and properly our trusts given, it becomes a way for Satan to deceive us. One of the ways to use properly and responsibly our ability is by being a servant, helper, comforter and healer of others who are suffering and who really need help. Jesus is our role model for being a steward and solution maker for people who are in need. If we keep ourselves busy doing good and serving others, it will be difficult for Satan to tempt us.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father… O Lord Jesus, fill us with Your power so that we can overcome all powers of evil. Glory to the Father … In the name of the Father …

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