1 Dec Tue 1st Week of Advent

11/30/2020 3:48:12 PM
Is 11:1-10 / Ps. 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17 / Lk 10:21-24 (Ps Wk I)

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Many people have longed for a world of peace, justice, and harmony. It seems as if we only experience conflict, injustice, greed, and hatred. Human efforts to build this world often collapse.

Isaiah gives us a beautiful vision of a world in which humans and animals no longer fear each other and warfare is a thing of the past. The world is governed by a just, wise, and incorruptible ruler.

This is a vision of the world God wants for us. It lies in the future but also within us. We begin to create that wonderful world when our hearts and minds are in harmony with God. It is God's work, but we must cooperate.

Jesus rejoiced that the wonderful things unfolding during his ministry were being given to simple people rather than the wise and clever. We cannot 'figure God out' or manipulate God, nor can we understand God's ways.

It is only by approaching God with a humble and open heart that God can fill us with divine wisdom. Rather than trying to play God - and we all do this - let us allow God to teach us the divine path each day.

Lord, teach me Your ways. 
    


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12月1日( 二 )   將臨期第一週

依撒意亞先知書 11:1-10
聖詠 72[71]:1-2,7-8,12-13,17
路加福音 10:21-24

耶穌說:「見你們所見之事的眼睛,是有福的。」有福的眼睛所見的應該是甚麼呢?相信應該包括天父在各種受造物中所規範的自然法則吧!當受造物知其自身的本性,從而各按其類而發展茁壯,豈不是理想中天父正義掌權,井然有序的天堂樂土嗎?

然而,依撒意亞先知所描繪的,卻是一個完全違反「常理」的境況:「豺狼將與羔羊共處……斷奶的幼童將伸手探入毒蛇的窩穴。」天國如果是一個完全相反現世經驗的國度,人又憑甚麼準則去擇善修身呢?

究竟有福的眼睛見到的是甚麼?應該就是「智慧及明達的人」被天父「瞞住了」,因而無法經驗到的境況。創世紀指出,天父創造的事物樣樣都「好」,但人所經驗的仿佛是一個充滿「惡」的世界,人無法從種種惡事中,看到隱藏在受造物之內的「美善」,因而對天主的創造計劃失去希望,世界終窮後出現的新天新地也就不再是人所憧憬的天堂國度。

慈愛的天父,祢是一切美善的根源,求祢賜給我們那有福的眼睛,從而可以更積極期盼祢新天新地的來臨。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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