1 Oct Thu - 26th Week in Ordinary Time - St Therese of the Child Jesus

9/30/2020 7:49:01 PM
Job 19:21-27 /Ps. 26:7-9,13-14 /Lk. 10:1-12 (Ps Wk II)

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Many people are crushed by suffering, misfortune,and tribulation. Often, we cannot change what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to the situation.

Job was such an individual ” he did not know why he was suffering, but he persevered. Job refused to give up hope, and here he cries out that he knows that his redeemer lives and that he will see God in the land of the living. He meant someone to save him from his situation, but Christians interpreted this to mean Jesus Christ. Regardless of what happens, we are never alone, and the Lord is always there for us.

Jesus appointed seventy of his disciples to heal people and proclaim the kingdom of God. He forbade them to take anything with them — God would provide what they needed.

Can we imagine them going on a trip with nothing, not even money? This required absolute trust on their part. The disciples were to bless with peace, but not wait around to see the results. They were to keep moving.

We are challenged to lighten ourselves of excessive possessions and burdens. It is an invitation to greater freedom and service to God's kingdom as missionary disciples.

Lord, help me to simplify my life. 
   
  

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10月1日( 四 )   聖德蘭‧里修(聖女小德肋撒) 貞女、聖師、傳教區主要主保慶日

依撒意亞先知書 66:10-14
聖詠 131[130]:1,2,3
瑪竇福音 18:1-5

有一個話題已逐漸成為交際場合的禁忌,那就是「信仰」。有些人會即時提出質疑:今時今日,社會大眾不是以非常開放的態度去談論「宗教」嗎?在今天慶祝傳教區主要主保的慶日之際,或許更值得我們去反省「宗教」和「信仰」的差別。

「宗教」與哲學、歷史和文化等學術領域一樣,可以作為一種在人自己以外的物件去討論,就像交際場合中,各參加者手中的美酒,大家可以討論它的年份和交流品嘗心得。

「信仰」卻是個人內心的體驗,是人以自己獨特的生命歷程,與一位超越的神相遇的體會。從這層面去理解,「信仰」的確很難與人交談分享。

儘管如此,依撒意亞先知提醒人的,就是這人神相遇的經驗所帶來的那份喜悅,將會催迫人去分享、去見證。聖女小德肋撒留給信徒那「自謙自卑」的神修之道,就是要指引人去培養一份充滿喜樂的「信仰」經驗。

聖女小德肋撒,請為我們轉禱,讓我們都能體會和分享那與主相遇的「信仰」經驗。


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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