15 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday of the 6th week in ordinary time, February 15, 2021

Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday of the 6th week in ordinary time, February 15, 2021. Reading is delivered by Yanuarius Widyantarto and meditation is delivered by Rina Rustiawati (from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Genesis 4: 1-15.25; Rs psalm 50: 1.8.16bc-17.20-21; Mark 8: 11-13.


Our meditation today has the theme: The First Murder. It has been already so many centuries or years ago since the moment of creation, the first act of murder of human person actually happened. The murder took place between two brothers in the family, one named Cain and the other Abel. According to the book of Genesis, Cain was angry, jealous, full with hatred, and hurt because God was so pleasing the offering of his brother Abel, whereas his own offering was not accepted by God. So the first killing in the life of human beings did occurr in the family.

The first murder was caused by anger, hurt, hatred in a person who knew that his brother was better than himself. Anger and hurt come from a heart that is unclean, immature and already corrupted by evil. Anger and hurt do not come from outside, but from within oneself, who does not want goodness and righteousness prevail, but evil. The book of Genesis gives us certain proof, that when Cain showed a face that was not cheerful, gloomy, unhappy, and did not have any sign of goodness, the Lord God said that sin had peeked at the door and was ready at any time to deceive Cain.

Satan and all his evil forces are very happy and always peeking at the door. He was one hundred percent ready to show his power when the opportunity arises. Whoever man or woman is, like Cain, who doesn’t do good, who is sad, unhappy, who always thinks negatively, and who has wild or strange point of views, and who doesn’t heed God’s will that directs him or her, is the most available opportunity for Satan and his evil powers to work on their businesses. When in such circumstances, there is already a warning that “Satan is peeking at the door” and the person targeted does realize his being tempted, and he or she is even more interested in the way of Satan, while any warning is ignored, that person will surely fall into sin. This was the real situation of Cain and and this may also happen to anyone of us who does not heed any warning regarding the Satan who is simply ready at the door.

In His public ministry on earth, Jesus also gave many kinds of warnings to the apostles, disciples and all who received healing and forgiveness from Him. They heeded the warnings and they were saved. Whereas the Pharisees and the scribes never paid attention to any warning of Jesus, and so their sins were so great. They were like Cain who had no place in God’s heart and no salvation would come in favor of them.

Today we are truly reminded that such murder continues to happen today that really harms and kills any person’s life. We must stop it right now, even though Satan is always peeking at the door, but we must be strong and must not give him any chance.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Lord, may we always heed Your commands and warnings at all times and do our best to overcome Satan’s temptations. Glory to the Father … In the name of the Father …

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