15 March 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday of the 4th Week of Lent, March 15, 2021

No longer shall be sound of weeping be heard there, and the sound of crying. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Monday of the 4th week of Lent, March 15, 2021. Reading is delivered by Januarius Widyantarto and meditation is delivered by Anastasia Veronica (from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Isaiah 65: 17-21; Rs psalm 30: 2.4.5-6.11-12a.13b; John 4: 43-54.


Our meditation today has the theme: Find the Answer. There was a 27 year old young woman who had seriously decided to find a man and prepared for marriage. After studying in the university and starting a career, she focused all her attention to work. She did not pay any attention to her love life as a normal young person. Now that she realized she had already a stable career, she then turned her focus on finding a partner of life. The people around her doubted whether she could find a man. However, through the novena to Our Lady and the personal prayers, soon she found a 28-year-old young man who loved her very much. She finally found the answer.

As followers of Christ, we know that faith is the answer to the process of knowing and fulfilling God’s call to every human person. By achieving and having faith, a person is gifted with rights and obligations as a true follower of Christ. The entrance to this faith is baptism that characterizes a person believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who lives with the Father and in the communion with the Holy Spirit.

The most important right of a believer is his or her participation in Jesus Christ with the dignity being a brother or sister of Christ, or having the special titel as a son or a daughter of God. This basic right brings about awareness and establishment of a Christian identity which goes along with the calling of each individual to be the follower of Christ. Our first calling is basically the Christian calling. This followed by the calling to become professionals such as teachers, public servants, technicians, business people, farmers, or politicians. Then we have another calling which is to the service of God’s people as priests, religious men and women, and married spouses.

The obligation as a follower of Christ is to be the sign of Christ’s presence, light, and truth in the world. Through baptism we are made witnesses of Christ, that through our words and deeds we become salt and light for the world. Our dignity as sons and daughters of God and our Christian vocations will be fruitful and perfect if we responsibly fulfill our obligation.

And so, faith is the foundation or the beginning for the growth and work of our Christian life, that expresses the love of Christ and the hope to achieve a new heaven and earth, which is the kingdom of heaven, says the prophet Isaiah in the first reading today. The royal official found the answer of faith, following the miracle happened in his family, says the Gospel reading today. That faith brought his whole family to God. They consecrated themselves to be part of Jesus Christ, and they had rights and obligations according to the religious standard and condition of that time. Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Jesus Christ, thank you for the gift Your call to each one of us, and may we always renew our faith in you. Hail Mary full of grace… In the name of the Father …

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