04 February 2017

Jadi Garam dan Terang seperti Bunda Maria

Matius 5 : 13
"Kowe iku padha dadi uyahing bumi. Lah yen uyah iku ilang asine, apa kang kanggo mulihake asine? Wis ora ana gunane maneh kajaba mung dibuwang lan diidak-idak ing wong."

Minggu ini di Gereja Katolik, 5 Februari 2017, membahas garam dan terang dunia. Perikop Injil Matius 5 ini sangat terkenal. Saking seringnya dibahas sejak kita SD sampai kita tua hingga masuk liang kubur.

Tapi memang tidak gampang jadi garam dan terang itu. Uyahing bumi iku ora gampang...

Garam hanya punya manfaat kalau masih punya keasinan. Kalau gak asin ya gak ngefek blas.

Di tengah kehidupan bangsa yang masih seperti ini, wejangan Gusti Yesus ini jadi makin relevan. Kita jadi garam kalau menjadi pembawa damai, sukacita, kebahagiaan bagi sesama. Jadi garam juga berarti meluruskan yang bengkok, meratakan jalan yang berlekak-lekuk.

Santo Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer membahas topik garam dan terang dunia dengan sangat sederhana. Orang kudus pendiri Opus Dei ini mengatakan jadilah orang kristiani yang membaktikan hidup untuk Tuhan dalam kegiatanmu sehari-hari.

Saya kutip pengajaran beliau dalam bahasa Inggris (ketimbang keliru menerjemahkan):

"....with naturalness, with simplicity, by living exactly as you do in the midst of the world, devoted as you are to your professional work and to the care of your family, participating in all the noble aspirations of people, respecting the legitimate freedom of each person…

"Ordinary life can be holy and filled with God. The Lord calls us to sanctify our usual tasks, because that is also where Christian perfection dwells. Let us not forget that almost all the days Mary spent on this earth were spent in a way very like the days of millions of other women who are also dedicated to their family, to the education of their children, to household tasks. All of that, which many wrongly consider to be insignificant and of no value, Mary sanctified even to the smallest detail…

An ordinary blessed life, which can be so full of the love of God! For this is what explains the life of Mary: her love lived to the point of forgetting herself, completely happy as she was to be in her place where God wanted her. That is why her smallest gesture was never banal, but on the contrary, can be seen as full of meaning…

It is up to us to try to be like her in the exact circumstances in which God wants us to live."

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