First reading Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19

Abraham looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God

Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.
  It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going. By faith he arrived, as a foreigner, in the Promised Land, and lived there as if in a strange country, with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. They lived there in tents while he looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God.
  It was equally by faith that Sarah, in spite of being past the age, was made able to conceive, because she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful to it. Because of this, there came from one man, and one who was already as good as dead himself, more descendants than could be counted, as many as the stars of heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore.
  All these died in faith, before receiving any of the things that had been promised, but they saw them in the far distance and welcomed them, recognising that they were only strangers and nomads on earth. People who use such terms about themselves make it quite plain that they are in search of their real homeland. They can hardly have meant the country they came from, since they had the opportunity to go back to it; but in fact they were longing for a better homeland, their heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, since he has founded the city for them.
  It was by faith that Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He offered to sacrifice his only son even though the promises had been made to him and he had been told: It is through Isaac that your name will be carried on. He was confident that God had the power even to raise the dead; and so, figuratively speaking, he was given back Isaac from the dead.

Responsorial Psalm Luke 1:69-75

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! He has visited his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour
  in the house of David his servant,
as he promised by the lips of holy men,
  those who were his prophets from of old.
A saviour who would free us from our foes,
  from the hands of all who hate us.
So his love for our fathers is fulfilled
  and his holy covenant remembered.
He swore to Abraham our father
  to grant us that free from fear,
  and saved from the hands of our foes,
we might serve him in holiness and justice
  all the days of our life in his presence.

Gospel Mark 4:35-41

‘Even the wind and the sea obey him’

With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’

30th January 2021 Saturday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 11,1-2, 8-19; Mark 4:35-41

“My heart is at peace because I trust”
“Master, do you not care? We are going down!”: This is the cry of the disciples as they faced the storm that threatened to drown them. Isn’t this a cry that we too can identify with? “Don’t you care that I am suffering? Why are you not removing this pain from me?…etc” Today, we are invited to contemplate Jesus as He, according to the gospel, slept with his head on the cushion during the storm. Jesus’ sleeping reflects his deep trust in God that gave Him inner peace. After he calmed the storm, Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?”

In our own storms that we face, we need to have the faith that keeps trusting that all will be well because we perceive that God’s loving presence is with us. With Him, we can walk on with peace and quiet joy.

Question for reflection:
Do I allow fear or faith to lead me, especially when I face the storms in life?

30 hb Januari 2021 Hari Sabtu Minggu Biasa Ke-3

Ibrani 11,1-2, 8-19; Markus 4:35-41

“Hati saya damai kerana saya percaya”
“Guru, engkau tidak peduli kalau kita binasa?” Ini merupakan keluhan para rasul ketika berhadapan dengan badai yang mengancam mereka. Bukankah ini juga merupakan keluhan yang dapat kita kenal pasti? “Adakah engkau tidak peduli dengan penderitaan yang ku alami?..dan sebagainya” Hari ini kita dijemput untuk merenungkan Yesus ketika Dia, menurut injil, sedang tidur ketika badai datang. Yesus yang tidur mencerminkan kepercayaannya yang teguh kepada Tuhan yang memberikan kedamaian kepada-Nya. Setelah menenangkan badai, Yesus berkata kepada para rasul-Nya, “Mengapa kamu takut? Mengapa kamu tidak percaya?”

Dalam badai hidup yang kita alami, kita perlu memiliki iman yang terus percaya bahawa segalanya akan menjadi baik kerana Allah sentiasa ada bersama kita. Bersama dengan-Nya kita dapat berjalan dalam damai dan sukacita.

Soalan renungan:

Adakah saya membenarkan ketakutan atau iman memimpin saya, terutama ketika berhadapan dengan badai hidup?

30 Januari 2021, Orou Koonom Minggu’ Kaindalaman Katalu

Ibrani 11:1-2, 8-19; Markus 4:35-41

Guang kuti makapabansayan sabap ra mangintopot aku
“Mangngila’, kalo lioon Mu amun ru molosor takau?”: Gitio golok ru maamaya’-maamaya’ paat ra ilo makauma’ ra bagiu’ mapuor ondo’ maar mompolosor risilo. Gitio kia nua golok ru itakau pana’ matiu’ koson raginio? “Kalo lioon Mu amun ru maimbolo’ aku? Kua’ kalo iniru’ Mu ruol ragitio intor raki’?…am bokon-bokon poyo”. Orou raiti’, itakau kimaitin koson mampaguang ri Jisus noyo Io, sumugut ra Injil, ondo’ minulun ra rondo’ ulunan paat ra bagiu’ mapuor. Mombolong i Jisus manulu’ ra pangintapatan malandom Nano ri Aki Kapuuno’ ondo’ manaak Riso ra pabansayan ondo’ nakaralalom. Kopongo bagiu’ mapuor no pinalinos ru Io, pagilong i Jisus ra maamaya’-maamaya’ Nano am indagu, “Kua ramuyun ti malaa’ kaga’? Kua pai’ kau pangintopot Raki’?”
Ralalom ra bagiu’ mapuor takau galama’ ondo’ mauma’ takau, gogot takau mokoondo’ ra kaintapatan ondo’ layun mangintopot ra ngaangai’ moonsoi sabap ra makaliman takau ra kasaangan ru togom ri Aki Kapuuno’ soroi ritakau. Mabaya’ Riso, mabuli takau mugar ra pabansayan am kalinuos.

Pangkuatan ra paguangin:
Mangiou aku kia ra malaa’ kapoam kaintapatan maningganai raki’, mulu’ poyo paat ra makauma’ aku ra bagiu’ mapuor ralalom kaayagan?

30-01-2021 Hari Enam Minggu Selama Ka-3

Hebrew 11:1-2,8-19 ; Mark 4:35-41

“Ati aku bisi pemaik laban aku arap.”
“Pengajar, kati Nuan enda ibuhka kitai nyau deka mati?”: Tu neh kangau bala murid Iya lebuh biau balai deka negelam ka perau sida. Tentu tu mega sada nyawa kitai lebuh penusah datai mangka kitai. Kati Nuan enda irauka pemerinsa ti diasai aku? Lapa Nuan enda ngiar ka pemedis tu ari aku?…sereta macam utai bukai” Saritu, kitai dikangau awak belematika Jesus ti munyi ka ditulis ba Injil, benung tinduk lebuh biau balai mangka perau sida. Peninduk Jesus nanda ka penalam ati Iya arap ka Allah Taala ti meri pengering dalam ba Iya. Sepengudah Iya ngerara biau balai nya, Jesus malik ngagai bala Murid Iya ko, “Nama kebuah kita takut? Kati kita mengkang enda arap?”

Dalam penusah biau balai ti nuntung kitai, kitai patut arap belama laban utai nya mulai ka pemadas kitai laban kitai nemu Pengerindu Allah Taala diau dalam kitai. Sertai Iya, kitai ulih bejalai enggau pemaik sereta pengelantang ti dalam.

Bisi aku meri awak ka penakut tauka ngasoh pengarap aku ngiring aku kelebih agi lebuh maya biau balai bisi nyadi dalam pengidup aku?

Fred Umis



“师傅,我们要丧亡了,你不管吗?” ——当风浪即将把他们淹没时,门徒们向耶稣呼喊求救。这难道不是我们似曾相识的呼求吗?——“你难道不在乎我的痛苦吗?为什么不把这痛苦从我身上移除?…等等” 今天,根据福音所描述,我们被邀请默想耶稣在风浪中依枕而睡的事件。耶稣的安睡反映了祂对天主的深深信赖并由此而获得内心的平安。耶稣平息风浪后,转头对门徒说:“为什么你们这样胆怯,你们怎么还没有信德呢?”



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