1 Sep Tue - 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

8/31/2020 10:45:13 PM
1 Cor. 2:10-16 / Ps. 144:8-9,10-11,12-14 / Lk. 4:31-37 (Ps Wk II)

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People are amusing and strange. We claim that God is infinite and beyond describing and limiting in any way. But we write many books that claim to have God all figured out, and many individuals even claim to speak for God. We can only hope that God has a sense of humour!

Paul brushes aside human wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He insisted that only the Spirit knows God and can teach us about God. We cannot 'figure out' God - only those gifted with God's Spirit can fully understand God. It is better to be humble and say little before the divine mystery, seeking only to walk in the way of love and service.

Those around Jesus seldom really understood who he was and what he was about. But the demons certainly knew and were afraid. They recognised him as the holy one of God and knew that their time of power and domination was over. Jesus' command was sharp and clear - be silent and come out of the man. Who has the authority to do such things? God alone. And as God's Son, Jesus still has power over the negative forces in our own lives. Let us seek his help always.

Lord, deepen my understanding. 
     

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9月1日( 二 )   常年期第二十二週

格林多前書 2:10-16
聖詠 145[144]:8-9,10-11,12-13,13-14
路加福音 4:31-37

儘管現代人愈來愈相信,科技發展終有一日讓人可以成為大自然的主宰,但人又同時隱隱然發現,宇宙有深不可測的力量。

面對這樣一個極端矛盾的境況,有人會選擇去探尋黑暗隱密的秘道,而魔鬼的敬拜正是這種隱秘探尋的典範。

當眾人看見耶穌從人身上驅逐魔鬼,他們都被「一種驚駭籠罩」,因為有一種比黑暗隱秘的魔鬼更強的「權柄和能力」,他們就如保祿宗徒所指的「屬血氣的人」,不能領悟這就是天主超性的力量。

真正驅魔的後果是,魔鬼「絲毫沒有傷害」附魔的人,因為天主才是自然的主宰。魔鬼對宇宙根本起不了任何作用;只要人把注意力放回造物主身上,魔鬼根本對世界沒有一點兒影響力。

耶穌基督,求祢幫助我們把注意力放在祢至聖聖三那裏,時時走在正道之上。


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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