First reading Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all mankind shall see it

‘Console my people, console them’
says your God.
‘Speak to the heart of Jerusalem
and call to her
that her time of service is ended,
that her sin is atoned for,
that she has received from the hand of the Lord
double punishment for all her crimes.’
A voice cries, ‘Prepare in the wilderness
a way for the Lord.
Make a straight highway for our God
across the desert.
Let every valley be filled in,
every mountain and hill be laid low.
Let every cliff become a plain,
and the ridges a valley;
then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all mankind shall see it;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
Go up on a high mountain,
joyful messenger to Zion.
Shout with a loud voice,
joyful messenger to Jerusalem.
Shout without fear,
say to the towns of Judah,
‘Here is your God.’
Here is the Lord coming with power,
his arm subduing all things to him.
The prize of his victory is with him,
his trophies all go before him.
He is like a shepherd feeding his flock,
gathering lambs in his arms,
holding them against his breast
and leading to their rest the mother ewes.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 84(85):9-14 (Advent)

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.
I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
  a voice that speaks of peace,
  peace for his people.
His help is near for those who fear him
  and his glory will dwell in our land.
Mercy and faithfulness have met;
  justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
  and justice look down from heaven.
The Lord will make us prosper
  and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
  and peace shall follow his steps.

Second reading 2 Peter 3:8-14

We are waiting for the new heavens and the new earth

There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.
  Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.

Gospel Mark 1:1-8

A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare a way for the Lord

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.
and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
6th December 2020. 2nd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11, 2 Peter 3:8-14, Mark 1:1-8

“A new heart”
John the Baptist´s mission was to prepare the people to welcome the coming of the Lord by preaching repentance. As we enter into the second week of Advent, we are called to walk this path of repentance. True repentance starts with the recognition of God´s opening arms of love for us and the desire to have a new heart to love Him and love others once again. It is not enough to be Christians who follow simply rules and norms but strive to become loving people.

As we draw closer to celebrate Christmas, let us ask for the grace to open ourselves to walk in this process of conversion. It is time to have a new heart of love that lives for God and for others.

Question for reflection:
How can I prepare myself to welcome the coming of Christ?

6hb Disember 2020 Hari Minggu Adven 2

Yesaya 40:1-5, 9-11, 2 Peter 3:8-14, Markus 1:1-8

“Hati yang baru”
Misi Yohanes Pembaptis adalah mempersiapkan orang-orang untuk menerima kehadiran Allah dengan memberitakan pertobatan. Saat kita memasuki minggu kedua masa Adven, kita dipanggil untuk berjalan di jalan pertobatan. Pertobatan sebenar bermula dengan kesedaran akan kehadiran tangan kasih Tuhan yang terbuka untuk kita dan keinginan unuk memiliki hati yang baru untuk mengasihi Dia dan sesama sekali lagi. Menjadi orang Kristian tidak cukup dengan hanya mengikuti peraturan dan norma-norma tetapi harus berusaha menjadi peribadi yang pengasih.
Saat kita semakin dekat untuk merayakan Krismas, marilah mohon rahmat untuk terbuka kepada proses pertobatan. Sudah tiba waktu untuk memiliki hati baru yang mengasihi yang hidup hanya untuk Tuhan dan sesama.

Soalan Renungan:

Bagaimana saya dapat menyediakan diri saya untuk menerima kehadiran Kristus?

6 Disember 2020, Orou Minggu’ Adven Karuo

Jisaya 40:1-5, 9-11, 2Pitrus 3:8-14, Markus 1:1-8

Guang Bagu
Misi ri Juanis Mampariu’ iono mambala’ ra ulun tumampos ra ratangan ru Tuhan ra mampatanou ra tumalikur intor ra tula. Ra itakau sumubol ralalom minggu’ Adven karuo, piawon takau mugar ralalom babayaan ru tumalikur intor ra tula ti. Tumalikue intor ra tula ondo’ motopot tumalimpuun ra pangiawan ra pangukaban ra kalindu’ ru togom ri Aki Kapuuno’ ritakau am moogot mokoondo’ ra guang bagu ondo’ motogom Riso am motogom ra ulun bokon igondo’ poyo. Ginio kalo maukop masauk ra ulun Kristian ondo’ maya’ ra kaulayan matasu’ am kaindalaman kaa’ mirot masauk ra ulun-ulun motogom.
Paat ra itakau mamaar noyo mangiantak ra Krismas, ibok pakitaak takau ra barakat koson itakau galama’ boo maukab koson mugar ralalom kaugaran ru pangulawan ti. Gitio noyo paat ra mokoondo’ ra guang bagu ondo’ motogom ondo’ maayag sabap ri Aki Kapuuno’ am ulun ra bokon.

Pangkuatan ra paguangin:
1) Ati kulaan mabuli aku galama’ tumampos koson manguma’ ra ratangan ri Kristus?

06-12-2020 Hari Minggu Advent Ka-2

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

“Ati ti Baru.”
Tuju misi pesan nesal ati ti dibai John Pembaptisa nyedia ka mensia mayuh ngalu penatai Tuhan. Nesal ati ti amat lebuh kitai ngelala jari pengerindu Allah Taala ti dibuka Iya ka kitai lalu pengingin deka ngembuan ati ti baru ka Iya sereta rinduka orang bukai. Nyadi orang Kristian enda chukop semina nitih ka atur aja tang nyadi orang ti rindu. Dalam kitai mansang semak ngintu pengerami Krismas, aram kitai minta nimet awak muka ati bejalai ngagai penesal ati. Tu meh maya ngembuan ati pengerindu ti baru ti idup ketegal Allah Taala sereta orang bukai.

Kati aku ulih nyedia diri nerima penatai Kristus?




1) 我要如何为即将到来的基督准备自己?

Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.