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Padre Marco – Feiern das Glück

Mein Single-Album auf Deutsch mit 2 Liedern (Feiern wir das Glück und Gott segne dich).

Hier im unteren Link gibt es eine “Demo-Version” (nur kurz). Klickt nur auf den Link an. Auf der rechten Seite gibt es 2 Titel in Blau. Klickt auf den Titel und könnt ihr hineinhören.



Viel Spass



Fr. Markus Solo SVD – Fasting: Hold firmly toward resurrection

Fasting: Hold firmly toward resurrection


by: Rev. Fr.  Markus Solo Kewuta SVD

March 9, 2012 | Filed under: Prapaskah |  | 355 views


FASTING has always been an integral element of the spirituality of religions, including Christianity. Through fasting, a Christian is making an extraordinary experience of renouncing himself, being in harmony with God and others, and being ready to follow God’s commandments.

In Christianity fasting refers to the Greek word nestewo, meaning “not eating”. The Latin translation ieiunium is similar to the Greek version, which means empty, referring to the stomach.

In the third century, the Goths (ancient Germanic people) used the word fastan which became fasten. Prior to takeoff, each plane passenger must “fasten their seat belt”. This means “hold yourself firm in your seat to prevent an accident”. You will be safe if you hold firm.

The Christian Lent is a 40-day period, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter night. Mathematically, it is a total of 46 days, but on the six Sundays one is not expected to fast. This corresponds to the 40-day fasting of Jesus in the desert. Before the Synod of Benevento, Italy, in 1091, the days of fasting included Sundays.

Sundays are not included in the fasting days due to the fact that on Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the memorial of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, which is the key event of God’s salvation work in human life. This joyful remembrance, therefore, cannot be suited to fasting (see Tertullian, De Corona, 3,3B).

During the time of fasting, Christians try intentionally to meditate on and internalize the passion of Christ through the intense celebration of the Way of Cross in the church.

This liturgical practice is represented practically by fasting, avoiding meats, alcohol and rich meals on Wednesday as remembrance of the day of the capture of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, and on Friday due to the death of Jesus in Golgotha. Meats and alcohol are prohibited due to their festive character which is not in the line with fasting.

Nowadays, fasting among Christians has a broader scope along with greater awareness regarding environment and health. There are both single and collective initiatives such as car-fasting, Internet-fasting, TV-fasting, etc. Yet, such initiatives must be purified and clearly oriented spiritually in order not to lose its character that is based on the passion of Jesus Christ.

The call for repentance on Ash Wednesday refers also to the situation of human beings: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return”. Heaven is the eternal destination. Therefore, direct your life towards eternity.

Fasting means not only repentance, but also prayer and almsgiving. Prayer is the opening of hearts and almsgiving is the expression of sincere solidarity with those in need out of love for how God loved the world.

In the Old Testament, the Prophet Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai, before he received the revelation of the Ten Commandments. The Prophet Daniel fasted prior to his great visions. The Israelis fasted in order to acquire the willingness to listen to God and to be guided by His words. Fasting enabled them to listen to God and receive his revelation.

The 40-day fasting of Jesus in the desert in The New Testament gave him a special and divine authorization to start his mission to the public in Galilee by appealing to repentance. The long period of abstinence made him able to recognize the temptation of Satan, who was misusing the Biblical verses.

Through fasting, Jesus reiterated that human beings live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Bread, symbolizing secular goods, could lead human beings to glorify materialism and to forget God.

The word of God, on the other hand, is spiritual food and an eternal guarantee for the faithful on the pilgrimage towards eternal life. “Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Christian fasting appears similar to saum/siyam of the Muslims during the month of Ramadan: in order to bring the mu’minan (the believers) closer to Allah and to be ready to receive the revelation of the Koran on the night of power (laylat al-qadr). The Christian journey of 40 days of abstinence, meditating on the passion of Christ in order to receive the resurrected Jesus on Easter Sunday, has an awe and sobriety expressed through “not eating” and “holding firm”.

Although being different in respective rules and practices, both Christianity and Islam emphasize the same internal, spiritual purpose of fasting which is being firm on the path of God, being closer to Him in order to acknowledge him through the revelation in His Words, to hear His voice and to internalize His commandments. This must be done along with prayers and social charity for the poor.

The Bible tells the story of the fall of Adam and Eve into sin due to a lack of abstinence. They disobeyed the commandment of God and acted following their own desires and decisions, thus abusing free will. But fasting reminds Christians of hope in the compassion and mercifulness of God to bring weak human beings to new life in Jesus Christ.

Jesus prepares a meal for his disciples to break the fast since his death. All is now at an end and a royal meal, in which Jesus becomes as servant, begins.

This is the new attitude in the spirit of resurrection: “Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant”.

Jesus shows a new value to fasting in the context of resurrection: It is also about hospitality and our relationship to each other.

Whoever wants to be great and honored, must serve others in love and justice. God himself will be there if we are each other’s hosts and guests, as he will be when all fasting ends in His Kingdom.

 The writer works at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Desk Asia, at the Holy See, in the Vatican

Sumber: The Jakarta Post


About Romo Markus Solo Kewuta SVD
Imam Kongregasi Serikat Sabda Allah (SVD), ahli Islamologi dan kini bertugas sebagai Sekretaris Pribadi Kardinal Jean-Louis Tauran yang menjabat Kepala Kantor Hubungan Antaragama Vatikan di Roma.



Hari ini sungai Tevere di Roma naik akibat curah hujan yang tidak berhenti di utara Italia. Sementara itu suhu politik di ibukota Italia juga naik alias memanas. Hari ini ratusan mahasiswa demo sepanjang Tevere menentang naiknya paket penghematan pemerintah. Kekerasan kembali terjadi. Jalan2 diblokir, Akibatnya kemacetan di mana-mana. Banyak orang terlambat termasuk saya.

Hier ist das Foto vom Stand vom Tiber in Rom von heute. Das Wasser geht hoch wegen dem starken, ununterbrochenen Regen im Norden Italien. Heute war eine gewalttätige Demonstration  entlang des Tibers gegen das Sparpaket der Regierung. Die Strassen waren blockiert. Alle kamen spät nach Hause. So ist es bei uns in Rom..



Terima kasih teman-teman dari IRF-PS di Jakarta untuk Mangga Harum Manis dari Indramayu.




In Memoriam P. Leo Teme SVD

Senin malam, 12 Maret 2012, sekitar jam 7.15 teman saya menerima telpon dari sepupu di Pontianak membawa kabar duka. P. Leo Teme SVD ditabrak ketika menendarai motor honda dalam perjalanan torune ke Paroki wilayah Pintianak, Kalimantan Barat, lalu meninggal di tempat. Ia ditabrak oleh travel jurusan Sanggau-Pontianak.

Tabrakan begitu keras sehingga ia terlempar masuk dalam jurang. Kedua kakinya patah remuk, tangan kirinya patah, kepala bagian belakang retak. Mobil penabrak pun masuk dalam jurang. Sopirnya melarikan diri, tapi HP dan STNK mobil sempat tertinggal dan sudah dimamankan polisi. Belum dipastikan, siapa yang salah.

P. Leo ditahbiskan imam di Atambua, Timor, setelah selesai masa pendidikan di STFK Ledalero, pada tgl 1 Oktober 2009. Barusan dua tahun lebih menjadi imam. Dia pergi begitu cepat.

Ah, kasihan,

hancur badan di negri orang…

Mawar baru ditanam,

kembang pagi,

layu sebelum mentari pergi.

Terlalu pahit untuk direnung.


Optimisme muda itu cuma sampai di sini.

Dia pergi dengan cara menyedihkan.

Kita mengenang dia dengan duka mendalam

dia sahabat seperjalanan,

tak tega dibiarkan pergi dengan cara ini.


Doaku, semoga Leo diterima di sisi kanan Bapa,

dari sana dia mendoakan para penerus misi Yesus,

misinya juga,

yang dia emban dengan penuh cinta

dan pengorbanan.


Dukaku bersama SVD,

bersama Provinsi Jawa dan keluarga,

Sr. Yohana Teme dan Sr. Elisabeth Teme.



13 Maret 2012


Adinda di mana…

Adinda di mana…


Pohon cempedak berdaun tiga

Jatuh melayang di angin senja

Entah di mana adinda berada

Kukirim doa agar bahagia



Pebruari 2012



Es ist vorbei…

das lange Abenteuer ist vorbei…

von Innsbruck nach Rom

über Wien, London und Kairo

es ist vorbei…

Rom, die Ewige Stadt

war der letzte Halt

alle Träume wurden hier wahr

das habe ich mir nur mit Hoffnung gedacht

das lange Abenteuer ist nun endgültig vorbei,

bei einem Handschlag

mit den einst Vorgesetzten,

dort, wo ich Schweiß und Tränen hinterließ

ich stehe hier an der Kreuzung

zwischen Loslassen und Neubeginn

Nur eines muss ich mir nehmen,

bringe es mit aller Kraft vorwärts,

denn es gibt kein Zurück!

Rom, 3. Juni 2005



Lewouran di Metro TV


Lewouran di Metro TV

Kampungku nan mungil, Lewouran, di pesisir pantai laut Sawu, di Flores Timur, sejak hari ini mencatat sejarah baru. Pertama kali dalam sejarah menerima kunjungan 4 Crew Metro TV Jakarta. Ide awal meliput adegan-adegan tematis untuk sebuah film dokumenter tentang sepak terjang pengembaraan seorang anak Kampung ini, mendorong Mas Moriza, Mba Putri dkk mengepack peralatan raksasa bersama Satelit ke Lewouran untuk sekalian Live broadcast dari Lewouran sebanyak dua kali, Rabu, 2 Pebruari dan Kamis 3 Pebruari 2012, keduanya terjadi antara pkl. 13.00 dan 17.00 waktu Jakarta dalam bingkai acara Wide Shot di Metro. 

Kabar dari penyelenggara, warga Kampungku sudah siap-siap sejak 3 minggu lalu. Malam ini, pkl. 19.00 wst, Crew diterima secara adat di Gapura Lewouran. 

Metro TV ke Lewouran? Wow, sebuah kejutan. Selama ini cuma dengar nama, nonton di TV. Hari ini Mba Putri, presenter terkenal itu hadir di Lewouran bersama crew. Demikian komentar dari mana-mana.



1 Pebruari 2012


Himne ke Havana

Himne ke Havana

(Untuk Tinyo di Hari Ulang Tahun)

Pagi ini, ketika tabir selimut malam dibuka sang surya, kubangun seraya bibirku mendekatkan hatiku padamu dalam kata: Terima kasih Tuhan.  Pagi ini, ketika kicauan burung menyambut pancaran perdana sang fajar, terima kasihku melebur dalam laras-laras nada ibarat melodi paling indah. Pagi ini, ketika jendela kamar kubuka dan hembusan angin pagi membangkitkan sejuta selera di dalam dada, rasa terima kasihku menjulur ke awan gemawan, menganyam rima-rima mazmur yang kudaras bersama semesta sepanjang hari ini.

Siapakah aku ini, oh Tuhan, sehingga Kau cintai aku dengan kasih seputih surga? Siapakah aku ini hingga aku tak mampu membilang butir-butir anugerahMu sepanjang petualangan ini? Maha di atas segala maha! Di atas segala maha, hanya Engkaulah yang maha! Aku dan segala adaku ingin kubaktikan untukMu sebagai gambaran lugas dari titik-titik bisu di atas kanvas, yang Kau-meterai di simpul-simpul hidupku.

Havana Kauberi aku bak sabana. Gersang tiada dua sejauh mata memandang. Dan Kau-haruskan aku melangkah tertatih-tatih menembusi gelora pagar fatamorgana hingga kutemukan sisa-sisa oase entah di mana. Sesungguhnya aku tak tahu, ke mana Engkau menuntun aku. Tetapi kuyakin teguh bahwa Engkau, oh Tuhan, tiada pernah melepaskan daku.

31 Januari 2012



Kucari Malaikat

Kucari Malaikat

Warkat ini bukan puisi

cuma tetesan kerdil

di pelupuk pagi nan redup

turun ke dinding hari

lalu kering membatu

dicumbu semilir angin mediterania.


kubatal pergi ke sebrang sana.

kututup tirai ini tanda telah sepakat.

Kuyakin di sini juga ada malaikat

Akan kutanya padanya,

entah sayapnya sekuat mimpi

membawaku mengembara

ke puncak-puncak malam

hingga tiba di dermaga fajar…