Christ Accused by the Pharisees by Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308


First reading Genesis 4:1-15,25

The mark of Cain

The man had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. ‘I have acquired a man with the help of the Lord’ she said. She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil. Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering for the Lord, while Abel for his part brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well. The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering. But he did not look with favour on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast. The Lord asked Cain, ‘Why are you angry and downcast? If you are well disposed, ought you not to lift up your head? But if you are ill disposed, is not sin at the door like a crouching beast hungering for you, which you must master?’ Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out’; and while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.
  The Lord asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I do not know’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s guardian?’ ‘What have you done?’ the Lord asked. ‘Listen to the sound of your brother’s blood, crying out to me from the ground. Now be accursed and driven from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands. When you till the ground it shall no longer yield you any of its produce. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth.’ Then Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear. See! Today you drive me from this ground. I must hide from you, and be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!’ ‘Very well, then,’ the Lord replied ‘if anyone kills Cain, sevenfold vengeance shall be taken for him.’ So the Lord put a mark on Cain, to prevent whoever might come across him from striking him down.
  Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Seth, ‘because God has granted me other offspring’ she said ‘in place of Abel, since Cain has killed him.’

Responsorial Psalm 49(50):1,8,16-17,20-21

Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.
The God of gods, the Lord,
  has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
‘I find no fault with your sacrifices,
  your offerings are always before me.’
‘But how can you recite my commandments
  and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
  and throw my words to the winds?
‘You who sit and malign your brother
  and slander your own mother’s son.
You do this, and should I keep silence?
  Do you think that I am like you?’

Gospel Mark 8:11-13

No sign shall be given to this generation

The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with Jesus; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to test him. And with a sigh that came straight from the heart he said, ‘Why does this generation demand a sign? I tell you solemnly, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And leaving them again and re-embarking, he went away to the opposite shore.
15th February 2021 Monday 6th Week of Ordinary Time

Genesis 4: 1-15, 25, Mark 8:11-13

“An unconditional faith”
The Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus, even though He had given them the many signs by the proclamation of God’s Kingdom through His words and actions. Despite asking for something greater, something spectacular, their hearts were closed to God’s presence in the person of Jesus Himself. Jesus gave a profound sigh to express His frustration at their lack of faith and said, “Why does this generation demand a sign?”

What about us? Do we ask for extraordinary signs in order to believe more, to trust more? Jesus asks for our faith in Him and His words that comes from growing in our friendship with Him. It is when we come to know and love Him that we put our faith and trust in Him.

Question for reflection:
Do I need signs in order to trust God?

15hb Februari 2021 Hari Isnin Minggu Biasa Ke-6

Kejadian 4: 1-15, 25, Markus 8:11-13

“Iman tanpa syarat”
Orang-orang Farisi menuntut tanda dari Yesus, walaupun Yesus telah memberikan banyak tanda perkataan dan tindakanNya mewartakan Kerajaan Allah. Walaupun meminta tanda yang lebih besar dan luar biasa, hati orang-orang Farisi tetap tertutup akan kehadiran Tuhan melalui peribadi Yesus sendiri. Yesus mengeluh kecewa kerana kurangnya iman mereka dan mengatakan, “Mengapakah generasi ini menuntut tanda?”
Bagaimana dengan kita? Adakah kita meminta tanda-tanda luar biasa untuk dapat lebih percaya? Yesus meminta kita untuk memiliki iman dan sabda-Nya yang datang dari persahabatan yang erat denganNya. Melalui persahabatan ini kita dapat mengenal dan mengasihi Dia dan seterusnya kita dapat meletakkan iman dan kepercayaan kita kepadaNya.

Soalan renungan:
Adakah saya memerlukan tanda-tanda untuk percaya kepada Tuhan?

15 Februari 2021, Orou Kasaa’ Minggu’ Kaindalaman Koonom

Kasaukan 4:1-15, 25; Markus 8:11-13

Pangintapatan ondo’ kalo inibatan
Ulun-ulun Parisi makitaak ra kaimuagan intor ri Jisus, kabalu’ pana ra nanaak Io risilo masuang kaimuagan ralalom mampatanou ra Pamarintaan ri Aki Kapuuno’ ralalom ragu am ondo baalon Nano. Kabalu’ pana mangitaak ra rondo’ ondo’ maayo kaga’, ondo’ makaimuag, guang nilo angabin ra kasaangan ri Aki Kapuuno’ ralalom inan ri Jisus galama’. Nanaak tojojo i Jisus ra kaimuagan manulu’ ra sinduol ru guang Nano ra kolondo’ kaintapatan nilo am mindagu, “Kua pakitaak kau ra kaimuagan?”
Ati kulaan ritakau? Mangitaak takau kia ra kaimuagan ondo’ kalo igondo’ makito maa’ raginio gumaai poyo mangintopot, gumaai poyo pangintapatan? Kitaakon ri Jisus kaintapatan takau Riso am Bala’ Nano ondo’ gumaai intor ra pabukatan takau Riso. Ginio paat ra itakau makapandai am motogom Riso ralalom kaintapatan am mangintopot takau Riso.

Pangkuatan ra paguangin:
Gumogot aku kia ra kaimugan-kaimuagan maa’ raginio mangintopot boo ri Aki Kapuuno’?

15-02-2021 Hari Satu Minggu Selama Ka-6

Pemungkal 4:1-15,25; Mark 8:11-13

“Pengarap ti nadai syarat.”
Orang Parisi minta tanda ari Jesus, taja Iya suah udah meri tanda bejalai ka Perintah Allah Taala nengah jako enggau kereja Iya. Taja sida minta kelai ti besai, ati sida udah tutup ka Allah Taala ti ba dalam Jesus. Jesus meresu nyepuhka seput laban sida nadai pengarap lalu bejako, “Nama kebuah orang rebak diatu minta tanda?”

Kati baka kitai deh? Bisi kitai minta tanda awak ulih kering dalam pengarap? Jesus minta awak kitai arap dalam Iya sereta Jako Iya ti mansang tumbuh dalam kaul kitai enggau Iya. Lebuh kitai ngelala sereta rindu ka Iya, kitai deka pecaya sereta arap dalam Iya.

Bisi aku begunaka tanda dikena aku arap ka Allah Taala?

2021年2月15日 常年期第六周单数年星期一






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