13 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Saturday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 13, 2021

They all ate and were satisfied. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Saturday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 13, 2021. Reading delivered by Theodorus Kefi and meditation delivered by Gracia Merisa (they are from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Genesis 3: 9-24; Rs psalm 90: 2.3-4.5-6.12-13; Mark 8: 1-10.


Our meditation today has the theme: Work To Eat. We human beings have a quality of life as the animal rationale or the intelligent beings from the animal race because God had created us in His own image and likeness. Despite the fact that the first fall into sin had caused the expell of the first couple out of the Paradise, human reason still had its important role to ensure that they did not lose hope for obtaining again God’s favors and graces.

When a person is in great despair and disappointment, or having a terrible suffering, the support he or she mostly needs should be his or her mind that is still working and should not be idle or at a lost. He or she should be helped to think in calm, to be given words of encouragement, and to be kept away from information that creates confusion or anxiety. His or her mind should be calm, peaceful and refreshed so that he or she will go through all the difficulties and problems. If there is a positive thinking in mind, he or she is believed  to be capable of facing difficulties and problems.

We can understand how the role of reason in Adam and Eve, who had been thrown outside Paradise. When God ordered them to work on cultivating the land from which it was created, that served as the command that they should use their minds to work and to manage their lives. The man and his wife must continue to rely on the power of God to guide and enlighten their minds, so that their lives would not become worst.

The command to cultivate the land was indeed an order to work. Before Moses received the ten commandments from God on Mount Sinai, the first couple had already received the commandment to work. They had to work in order to have food and to eat from their own labors. Whatever food eaten were the fruits of their work to cultivate the land and to utilize the plants and contents of the earth God had already entrusted to them. In other words, we work in our lives through whatever workloads that we have, the duties entrusted to us, our responsibilities, professions, obligations, services and dedications, to signify our obedience to God.

Therefore, those who do not work, who refuse to work, who leave out jobs and demand others to do, who devalue the dignity of works, and who torture or kill others with the works that are so oppressing, are against God. All these are sinfull. The Lord Jesus did fed thousands of people who were hungry and all just ate for free, however, He also reminded us that food should not be obtained as somethings come directly from heaven and we easily find them. Instead we have to work. We work to carry out God’s word and will, then He will grant us the fruits that benefit our lives.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Lord, grant us good health and sufficient capacity to work with responsibility that will benefit our lives on this earth. Our Father who art in heaven … In the name of the Father …

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