10 Nov Tue 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, St Leo the Great, pope & doctor

11/10/2020 4:43:26 PM
Tit. 2:1-8,11-14 / Ps. 36:3-4,18,23,27,29 / Lk. 17:7-10 (Ps Wk IV)

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The letter to Timothy is filled with descriptions of 'correct' behaviour. Some of it might not fit in with the way we think today. Wives are not necessarily submissive to their husbands, and we do not allow slavery.

Some of it sounds a bit too much, but there is definitely a point to it all. We worship and glorify God with our everyday behaviour and the way that we treat one another. When we act according to these teachings, we give a powerful witness to the rest of the world. No one will ever be able to criticize our community because of our bad example. We should be aware of the impression we make on others by our words and deeds.

The parable uses the example of slaves, and we would not use it today. But again, it has a point. The slave would not expect to be rewarded or thanked for doing his job. Likewise, we should not expect praise or rewards for what we are supposed to do, which is doing the will of God with compassion, humility, and justice. It is simply who and what we are.

Lord, may my manner of life always be a good example to others. 
  

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11月 10日( 二 )   常年期第三十二週 聖良一世(教宗、聖師)

弟鐸書 2:1-8,11-14
聖詠 37[36]:3-4,18,23,27,29
路加福音 17:7-10


保祿體會到,愛不是空言,而是行動。世上的一切都會過去,唯有愛永存不朽。那存留在愛內的,便存留在天主內。保祿曾經說過:即使他可以說各種各樣的語言,包括天使的語言,有先知之恩,又可以明瞭一切的奧秘和各種知識,甚至擁有可以移山的信德和施捨全部財產的精神,但如果沒有愛,他最多只是個發聲的鑼,甚麼也不算。沒有了愛,一切為他都毫無益處(參格前13:1-3)。

為保祿宗徒而言,愛的行動包括:對人有耐心又慈祥;不嫉妒也不誇張和自大;不自私及不圖謀邪惡的事;不動怒和不做無禮的事;與真理和正義同樂;凡事包容、相信、盼望和忍耐(參格前13:4-7)。在弟鐸書中,本著愛的精神,保祿宗徒將愛的行動延伸到與不同人來往時應保持的基督徒態度。

仁慈的主耶穌,求祢幫助我在與不同的人交往時,努力發揮出祢愛的精神,使我的言語和行為能光榮和讚美祢。


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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