Wednesday, March 3, 2021

L’offrande du Christ en Marc 9, 2-10



Par Ben Kumongo sscc

 « Offrez à Dieu un sacrifice de louange, qui consiste à proclamer son nom (Heb. 13, 15) ».

 En effet, parler de l’offrande du Christ dans le contexte de Marc 9, 1-10, c’est vouloir exalter encore en profondeur deux piliers de ces quarante jours de carême. En occurrence l’offrande (l’aumône ou le partage) et la prière. Au fonds l’offrande du Christ dont il s’agit ici, c’est donc cette prière fervente qu’il offre au père en compagnie de Pierre, Jacques et Jean. Cette prière n’est pas individuelle mais communautaire.  Nous y décelons six caractéristiques. C’est ce qui fait l’objet de cette ébauche. Voici les traits :

  1. C’est une prière communautaire : Jésus prend avec lui Pierre, Jacques et Jean (Mc. 9,2).
  2. C’est l’initiative de Jésus lui-même d’aller prier (v 2)
  3. Il se fait sur une haute montagne (v 2)
  4. L’initiateur de la prière (Jésus) se transforme devant ses compagnons (v3)
  5.  Une prière qui attire les grands de l’Ancien Testament : Moise symbole de la loi du Sinaï, Eli symbole des  grands prophètes (v3)
  6. Une prière qui séduit ses participants jusqu’à ne pas se fatigué (v5)



De ces six traits, nous avons médité sur six attitudes à cultiver.des Quelles leçons  pratique  retenir  pour nous

  1. Notre prière est une offrande riche de sens. Si nous le faisons avec un cœur plein d’adoration à Dieu, les anges et les saints du ciel viendront s’associer à nous.
  2. Le choix : de douze apôtres, Jésus choisi trois pour l’accompagner. La prière est un exercice difficile. Surtout dans un contexte où il fallait gravir une haute altitude. Pour que nos moments de prière communautaire nous transforment, ceux qui les président doivent avoir la conscience d’être à la place de Pierre, Jacques et Jean pour aider les autres à s’élever au niveau d’une prière qui nous transforme
  3. Pourquoi Jésus n’est pas  monté seul ? comme maitre, jésus comme dans Luc 5,16 : « il se tenait retiré pour prier », il se retiré pour une prière personnelle. Dans le contexte de Marc 9,2 il agit en pédagogue pour apprendre à ceux sur qui il confiera l’église plus tard non seulement la gloire de la résurrection mais aussi la nécessité et l’unité entre lui et les hommes de l’histoire du salut dont Moise et Eli.
  4. Construisons ici trois tentes : une prière bien faite ne fatigue pas à la première heure, ça dispose les cœurs pour y demeurer longtemps.
  5. Elie et Moise s’entretenait avec lui : la prière n’est pas toujours un lieu de solitude mais un moment d’union avec nos ainés dans la foi et dans la mission. Les archanges et les saints de Dieu sont disposés à s’entretenir  avec nous pour réconforter et nous appuyer dans la mission. Nous croyons qu’ils peuvent nous partager leur expérience.
  6. Mon fils bien aimé, écoutez le : Par notre prière nous montrons que nous aimons Dieu et Dieu le premier à nous aimer, ne cache pas son grand amour quand nous sommes en prière. En prière nous l’écoutons. Il recommande au monde d’écouter ce qui le prie car leur message leur vient de l’union qu’ils ont avec Dieu par la prière.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Why aren't we talking about the farmers' protest in India?



by Sujata Jena sscc

 

One tweet on the farmers' protest aroused the supporters of the ruling party in India. The one tweet became the headline on all the national channels. The same tweet woke up many Bollywood celebrities and sport stars, who have long been silent on the farmers' protests.

I am talking about the tweet made by globally-known pop singer Rihanna on Feb. 4. She tweeted to her over 101 million Twitter followers: "why aren't we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest." Rihanna linked to a CNN 18 news headline: "India cuts internet around New Delhi as protesting farmers clash with police." It is a usual tactic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to prevent protests.

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Soon after, several Bollywood celebrities and sports stars, supporters of the ruling party, expressed support for the government's stand on the protests and called for an "amicable resolution" to the protests through coordinated tweets with the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.

An Indian celebrity replied to Rihanna's tweet, "No one is talking about it because they are not farmers, they are terrorists who are trying to divide India."

CNN 18 news then had another headline: "International Celebrities' Anti-India Tweets: Plot to Defame?" Arguments are going around and around on this matter. Some asked what does this foreigner knows about India? How does she know what is right or wrong? This is India's internal matter. Others should not interfere.

About 110 million farmers have been striking on the outskirts of Delhi for over two months, braving the biting cold and rain in a peaceful protest against the three new agricultural laws that were passed last September. As many as 70 farmers have apparently died during the protest. Families of farmers who died during protests will not be compensated, the federal government told the lower house.

The farmers say the new laws will leave them poorer and at the mercy of corporations. Besides that, the bill prevents farmers from approaching the judicial system for any future disputes.




Ironically, the site of the farmers' protest presently looks militarized, like the India-Pakistan border or the India-China border. It is in New Delhi — the national capital of India! Our government has erected this against our farmers, an obstruction made of iron spikes, barbed wire, six to seven layers of iron barricades, and rows of cement barricades. It looks like a war field.

There are internet disruptions, food and water supplies are blocked, and journalists are arrested under false accusations. Those who raise their voice for the farmers find their Twitter accounts blocked, their passport verification stopped. The media portrays the farmers as anti-nationals, a vested international power, or as Khalistani, a "separatist movement" seeking an autonomous Sikh home in Punjab.

Isn't the argument about this being a purely internal matter completely wrong? The concern of farmers is raised globally because democratic values, human rights and civil liberties are threatened.

Some other international personalities like Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the niece of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris — Meena Harris — as well as members of the United Kingdom's Parliament, and some Canadian politicians also raised their voices to support the farmers' protest.

Thunberg has openly supported the farmers and has directed her followers to learn more about how they can help them. This is not new. She is a globally known climate campaigner.

But the media portrayed her tweets as a secret conspiracy. Delhi police allegedly registered a case against Thunberg.

Now, senior government ministers, Indian celebrities, sports stars and even the foreign ministry have urged people to come together under #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda and denounce outsiders who try to break the country with their tweets.

An internationally known sports star of India tweeted: "India's sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India." Unfortunately, he is a winner of the Bharat Ratna (the pearl of India) Award, India's highest civilian award.

Obviously, people across the globe are concerned about the democratic and human rights of the people. It is a shame some Indians are not concerned about their own farmers.

Of the Indian population of 1.38 billion, 70% of rural households depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood — with as many as 82% being small farmers or marginalized. So what is the meaning of #IndiaTogether?

Most importantly, why can't we speak out when the human rights of any person are threatened anywhere?

If the same kind of comments were to happen tomorrow about Brazil, and the Brazilian president says, "These are internal Brazilian matters; everyone else is only a spectator; and the Amazon forest can be burned," does that make any sense?

Paradoxically, when the Amazon forest issue was raised, the same Indian celebrities who now denounce outsiders speaking on Indian matters, shared: #BlackLivesMatter. The prime minister of India basically endorsed Trump's 2020 reelection, saying "Abki Baar, Trump Sarkar" ("This time it's the turn of the Trump administration"). These were all fine. But when a foreigner raises a voice against Indians, it becomes an internal issue.

We live in a globalized world. What happens in one place has an impact on other places. If it is every human being's responsibility to raise a voice against Amazon deforestation; it is also the responsibility of everyone to stand in solidarity with the farmers who feed the world.

The Rev. Martin Luther King said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Wherever the values of democracy are attacked, we must raise our voice. This could be in our family, community, society and elsewhere.


Jesus preached God's kingdom in a new and powerful sense as he challenged the socio-political and economic structure of the society that victimized the poor.

Prophets in the Old Testament denounced injustice and greed fervently and urged fostering of the common good among all.

We can discern that when the prophet Amos cried, "Let justice roll down like waters!" he is attacking several injustices (Amos 5:24). The people he denounces take their own cut from the hard work of poor people, treat them with contempt and take bribes (Amos 5:11). When they sell wheat, they rig the scales and the currency (Amos 8:5). It is always poor people who are their victims. These ruthless exploiters are nameless, but they plainly have wealth and power.

In this context, Rihanna's "why aren't we talking about this" is a wake-up call for many of us who are mere spectators of the farm law. It is a challenging and thought-provoking message to denounce injustice and stand for justice — especially for the voiceless and the vulnerable ones — for whatever we do to the least of his people we do to Him.

The church must stand in solidarity with the farmers. It is important for the church to be with the people, especially in times of trials, tribulation and threats. The new laws are not only about the farmers. No, they are about every one of us. We must realize the fundamental fact: "No farmer, no food."

I stand with #farmers.

Farmers' rights are my rights.

 

Sujata Jena

Sujata Jena is a member of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Congregation. She is an advocate and social activist. She has worked among Dalit and tribal women, children and youth of the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal. She is a correspondent for Matters India, a news portal that focuses on religious and social issues.

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Reflection on Profession Saia Fainga’a sscc (USA)





by Saia Fainga’a sscc (USA)

On the 3rd of January, 2021, I took my perpetual vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. In his homily, Fr. Herman Gomes, ss.cc, main celebrant and provincial of the SS.CC, U.S Province, mentioned that professing the vows is one day, but I have to live them every single day. A good reminder and a good challenge for me as I reflected on my life as a temporary professed member in the last five years.

Members of various SS.CC communities in Hawaii attended the mass, together with families and friends. Through these people, I was assured that this vocation must be important, for them to come despite the busyness of their daily lives, let alone the pandemic that is happening here in Hawaii and the world.

2020 was a challenging year for my pastoral, but with the help of Fr. Clyde Guerrero, ss.cc, my superior, God’s work and love was still visible to me through my ministry to the school and the parish.

I have said yes to participate in contemplating, living and proclaiming God’s love to His people, so help me God and His holy Gospel.



Monday, November 23, 2020

The suffering of Good Mother is the Suffering of God

A viewed from a feminist perspective

By: Viktor Mage SSCC

“Remain in silence with Jesus who is offered on so many altars and in so many suffering people.  I do not get tired; I need Him for so many years lost without Him.  To be a repairer is to center prayerless on me and more on the world where sin hurts persons and society.  I pray for so many who don’t ask for God’s forgiveness through Jesus, the victim offered for us. When I make adoration I bring here to the chapel, people, the world, and my homeland.  I have received that love to be able to give it.  So many don’t receive it, they don’t want it; they seem not to need it.  If they only knew…I offer myself, a victim with Him… despite my unworthiness.” (Good Mother)

The Spirituality of ‘Nakedness’: A New Model of Solidarity



By: Fransiskus Fortunatus Antung sscc (Indonesia)

Henriette is more than a founder of SSCC Congregation. She is a patron and figure of Holy woman in our Congregation. She has deep faith quality in God. Henriette came from a rich family economically. I will say that she could have anything what she wants, for example food, clothes, education, entertaining, etc. At the time, Henriette grew up in the revolutionary regime. Fortunately, the condition of her family determined their life and needy. As a sufficient family, revolution did not big impact on her family. Logically, she could keep and stay cool in her comfort zone. The key is only obeying the revolutionary regime. But for some people, what she was doing was no-sense even unpredictable. Henriette went out of herself, from her comfort zone, then she did a ‘foolishness’. What is that? She hid the priest whom they reject to promise and obey on revolution. A rich woman took the different way by leaving what she had. Some people even me, if I live in that moment will judge her by saying, “wow, how stupid you are, Henriette”. But Henriette is an independent woman. There were no fears in her eyes. At a young age, she chose and decided a crucial thing with a big consequence too. What she did could endanger her and her family. She didn’t care about it. What kind of spirit dwells in her heart? I reflect that there was a great power and courage. I find that a great power is coming from great faith. Faith means believing in God totally and Henriette has done it.

Mother Henriette and Covid-19

In Jesus, we find all: his birth, life, death: this is our rule.


By Karol Huar sscc (Indonesia)

It must be confusing for some people when reading the title of this writing. Is there any direct connection between Mother Henriette and Covid-19? Why does the title of this writing is Mother Henriette and covid-19? In the next part of this writing, I will tell why does the title of this writing is Mother Henriette and covid-19.  

The Risk of Discipleship

The Reflection About Discipleship

Based on Henriette Aymer de la Chevalerie’s life

By Firminus Hoga Botan, SSCC

The decision to become a follower of Christ, whatever the form of our vocation, especially by becoming a monk or a nun cannot be separated from the consequences. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote excellently in his famous work, "The Coast of Discipleship", underlining, "Becoming a follower of Christ comes at a price. One can only answer to God in his life by involving his whole life, by resisting the misfortune of his own life and especially for the lives of others but also with resignation (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship).

The context of discipleship as describe above is very interesting when we make relate with the story in the Gospel of John 9: 1-41, story of the blind man from birth who was healed by Jesus. Although the text itself does not talk about discipleship in terms of witnessing, but from the narrative and story line itself implicitly shows us the importance of bearing witness to Christ which we have personally experienced. The story implicitly describes how a person who was healed (or redeemed by Jesus) testifies in the midst of conflict and tension. So, the purpose of this reflective paper is to see Henriette's life in the spirit of discipleship, especially to bearing the witness about Jesus in the context of conflict and tension.

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Living in a situation of the French Revolution that is very tense, even when human lives are at stake is not a comfortable atmosphere. Psychic, psychological, social, economic, political, religious and other suffering were bitter experiences that people at that time had to experienced, including Henriette and her family. Even though she was from a noble family, she and her mother had to experience suffering. Being arrested and imprisoned is a reality that they must experience.