Saudara-saudari yang dikasihi Kristus,

Hari ini saya sampaikan kepada Saudara-saudari sekalian bacaan Injil beserta renungannya untuk hari Selasa tanggal 22 Desember 2009 dan juga sebuah tulisan yang berjudul SUKACITA NATAL yang saya tulis untuk sebuah majalah. Dalam kedua tulisan itu ada acuan pada hakekat Natal sebagai semangat dan tindakan untuk memberi.
Di bawah ini adalah sebuah ‘hadiah Natal’ bagi Saudara-saudari sekalian: sebuah petikan dari tulisan lama yang sudah tidak diketahui lagi siapa penulis aslinya. Saya cuma mengganti kata ‘nineteen centuries’ menjadi ‘twenty centuries’, karena tulisan ini berasal dari abad lalu. “Selamat Natal 2009!” kepada Saudara-saudari sekalian.

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

He was born in a stable,
in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman.
He worked in a carpenter’s shop
until he was thirty.

From there he travelled,
less than 200 miles.
He never wrote a book.
He never held office.
He never had a family or owned a home.
He did none of the things one
usually associates with greatness.

He became a nomadic preacher.
He was only thirty-three when the tide of
popular opinion turned against Him,
He was betrayed by a close friend,
and His other friends ran away.

He was turned over to His enemies
and went through the mockery of a trial.
He was unjustly condemned to death,
crucified on a cross between two thieves,
on a hill overlooking the town dump.
And, when dead, was laid in a borrowed grave,
Through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone,
all the armies that ever marched,
all the navies that ever sailed,
all the parliaments that ever sat,
and all the kings that ever reigned
have not affected the life of man on this earth
as that One Solitary Life.

He is the central figure of the human race,
He is the Messiah, the Son of God,
JESUS CHRIST.

Salam persaudaraan,
Sdr. F.X. Indrapradja, OFS
 


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