• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 11:41

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeTenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B

Readings: Genesis 3:9-15, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35.

The One Who Does the Will of God


Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150Doing the will of God is the theme of this Sunday’s liturgy. Obedience tothe will of God was the mission of Jesus. He obeyed God all through his lifeand he invites us to do the same. On the other hand, the first reading shows us the first sin committed by the humankind; by disobeying God’s word the man and the woman hide away from God. They blame the other for their act of disobedience and they break the will of God. They go astray from God and fail to feel the loving embrace of God.

On the other hand, Jesus is treated badly by his own family members asthey think ‘he is out of his mind,’ in other words, he has lost his mind! He sounds crazy to his own people, he is too radical to the religious authorities ofhis day, he is a rebel for he challenges the interpretation of the scriptures by the teachers of the Law, and he needs to be taken charge of!

Interestingly, when Jesus’ family arrives at the scene, they have no accessto him due to the sheer number of people gathered there. So, they send him amessage of their arrival. When Jesus learns of their presence, he makes the solemn proclamation, “Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

Doing the will of God is to be our paramount responsibility. And when we do follow in Jesus’s footsteps, we will be challenged and could be treated assomeone who has lost his/her mind. But in doing the will of God, we will follow what God wants us to be, even though we may be branded ‘crazy’.

In reality, it is such people, who have brought changes to our lives; for example, the founder of our congregation (The Society of the Divine Word), St Arnold Janssen was criticised by his contemporaries as ‘Fool or a Saint,’ for his idea of setting up a missionary congregation when Germany was under the Kulturkamph. He was regarded as crazy, for the church activities were suppressed in Germany, and here he is going to start a missionary congregation! He did go ahead and began the missionary society in 1875. Today we are spreadall over the world carrying God’s good news through our missionary activities. If he had not been ‘crazy’ at that time, the congregation wouldn’t have existed and I wouldn’t have been able to write this article on the Divine Word Missionaries’ web page!

We are the followers of Christ. We are called to do God’s will. Let us go ahead boldly, following what God says and live a meaningful life, witnessing to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Amen.