Waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Lukisan Henry John Yeend King, Feeding the Geese

 

Year B

First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

I Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13: 33-37

In Italy, Tivoli there is a beautiful garden called Villa d’Este. This 16th-century villa is home to incredible flowers and also has 51 fountains. They complete each other to design the garden Villa d’Este. In the night under the shining moon, we can feel the silence of the beauty of it. The flowers blossoming with their colors decorate the silence of the night of Tivoli.  In the morning, they just bloom enjoying the shining sun. They blossom patiently to its time and as if the beauty of the garden is waiting for them in hope and in silence either in the evening, or at midnight or at cockcrow or in the morning, or at noon. Continue reading “Waiting for the Lord Jesus Christ”

Fire of Truth

 

Lukisan: Paul Cézanne, Village Pêcheurs à l'Estaque, 1870

 

Year C

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10

Hebrew 12: 1-4

Luke 12:49-53

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth?

 

The Story of Fire

Many, many years ago people did not have warm, cozy houses like ours to live in. They lived in caves where it was both dark and cold. Once when a great storm was raging a tree was struck by lightning and the flash set it on fire. It happened to fall near a cave where some of the cave people were hiding. They were frightened at first and huddled in a group. After the storm was over they ventured out to look at the burning tree. One of them took a burning branch and brought it into the cave. They discovered that it made the cave both warm and light. They wanted the fire to keep on burning so they fed it with sticks and dry leaves. From this time on fire became a great blessing to man[1] Continue reading “Fire of Truth”

Tanggung Jawab Demi Dan Untuk Orang lain: Ketulusan Yang Membawa Kepada Kebahagiaan

Lukisan Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Follies Bergere, 1882

Filipi 2: 1-4
Lukas 14: 12-14
Apabila engkau mengadakan perjamuan siang atau perjamuan malam, jangalah engkau mengundang sahabat-sahabatmu atau saudar-saudaramu atau kaum keluargamu atau tetangga-tetanggamu yang kaya, karena mereka akan membalasnya dengan mengundang engkau pula dan dengan demikian engkau mendapat balasnya.

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Tubuh: Bait Allah Nan Kecil

Lukisan Milan Konjovic, Mlini

Yohanes 2: 13-23

                                                                        “Rombaklah Bait Allah ini, dan dalam tiga hari Aku akan mendirikannya kembali

 

Bait Allah di Yerusalem adalah suatu bangunan megah yang dibangun oleh raja Salomo. Secara garis besar Bait Allah terdiri dari dua bagian khas yaitu pelataran yang luas (alun-alun) yang boleh dimasuki oleh  semua orang dan tempat kudus yang hanya boleh dimasuki oleh imam tertinggi. Continue reading “Tubuh: Bait Allah Nan Kecil”