10 Aug Tue, Feast of St Lawrence, Deacon & martyr

8/9/2021 4:48:11 PM
2 Cor.9:6-10 / Ps. 111:1-2,5-6,7-8,9 / Jn. 12:24-26 (Ps Wk III)

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Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth about taking up a collection for the Christians in Jerusalem for they were poor and needed financial help. He encouraged the Corinthians to be generous by telling them that their generosity would be repaid to them.

Paul went on to say that God loves a cheerful giver and would provide abundantly for them if they were generous with others. How generous are we with others whom we do not even know?

Jesus told the disciples that his hour had come. His mission on earth was almost complete. Jesus spoke in terms that the people understood - a grain of wheat had to be buried in the soil to produce fruit. In the same way, we must be willing to give up our own earthly life - selfish desires and way of living - and live with the desire and purpose of serving God and our neighbour. If we do this, we will bear much fruit, and God will honour us.

Lord, help me to follow the way of Jesus.   

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8月10日 ( 二 ) 聖老楞佐執事殉道慶日

格林多後書 9:6-10
聖詠 112[111]:1-2,5-6,7-8,9
若望福音 12:24-26

耶穌用麥子的比喻向我們講述生命的真諦:一粒麥子如果在陽光下曝曬,終會乾癟死亡,反之,埋入地裏,才可以吸收水分養料,發芽滋長。在這個個人主義盛行的時代,許多人以為自己是命運的主人,生命的意義在於自我滿足;然而,恰恰相反,唯有深「埋」基督內 ── 我們的泉源那裏,我們才有根基,才會有活潑的真生命。

麥子的比喻還有另一個面向:正如麥子向地下紮根,卻向上滋長一樣,我們基督徒也應當深深地紮根世界,卻始終注目基督。耶穌所說的憎恨性命並非叫我們與世隔絕,不問世事,而是做入世的人,藉著分享我們的生命,建設社會;同時也要在忙碌的生活和工作中牢記,世界並非我們的歸宿,基督始終是我們的中心和嚮導。

教會今天紀念的聖老楞佐執事,便為我們樹立了這樣的榜樣,在管理教會的財務及照顧窮人的繁雜事務中,他始終保有一顆深愛並服侍基督的心,最終為主慷慨殉道。我們也當如此:紮根世界,心向天國。

主,求祢作我生命的中心,指導我每天的生活。

(theology.org.hk)
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