11 Nov Wed 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, St Martin of Tours, Bishop

11/10/2020 4:45:37 PM
Tit. 3:1-7 /Ps. 22:1-4,5,6 /Lk. 17:11-19 (Ps Wk IV)

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Titus was one of Paul's convert. He had worked briefly with St Paul in Crete. The epistle, among other concerns, gave instructions to the Cretan believers, about faith and conduct.

As they read this epistle, would they have asked themselves:- What is expected of us who have received the kindness and love of God (v 4); who have experienced God's compassion (v 5); who have received salvation (v 5); and who have been "justified" by God's grace with the hope of "inheriting eternal life" (v 7)?

St Paul reminds them that once they were "ignorant, disobedient, ... misled, enslaved by different passions and luxuries"; and that once they had lived in "wickedness and ill will, hating each other and hateful" themselves (v 3).

Therefore, he reminds them in living their new life - "not to go slandering other people or picking quarrels" but "to be ready to do good at every opportunity" (v 1) and "to be courteous and always polite to all kinds of people" (v 2).

St Paul tells them it is their 'duty' to be obedient to the officials and representatives of the government (v 1).

But, what happens when there is a clash between one's duty to God and one's duty to the government? St Peter answers, "Obedience to God comes before obedience to men" (Acts 5:29).

Lord, grant me the courage to live for You. 
   

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11月 11日( 三 )   常年期第三十二週   聖瑪爾定‧都爾(主教)

弟鐸書 3:1-7
聖詠 23[22]:1-3,3-4,5,6
路加福音 17:11-19


有沒有感恩之心是一個人成熟與否的標誌之一。擁有感恩心的人不但懂得珍惜、善用自己白白得來的禮物或幫助,且會以實際行動,或對施予者,或對他人,以愛心回報之。如此,正能量便相互傳遞,營造更美好更溫暖的世界。

被耶穌潔淨了的十個癩病人,只有這個外邦人沒有像其他九個猶太人那樣,自覺天經地義地領受治愈的恩寵,而是再次回到耶穌跟前表達謝意。他也因此獲得了更大的信德之恩。這個感恩的人,不但獲得了身體的潔淨,更獲得了靈魂的得救。我們也可以在這個層面上理解「凡有的,還要給他,使他富足......」這句話。

聖保祿滿溢感恩之情,清楚地告訴弟鐸:靠天主救贖的恩寵,出於祂的憐憫和聖神的洗禮,我們才能前後判若兩人。保祿又在別處教導我們:「應常 歡樂,不斷祈禱,事事感謝」(得前5:16-18)。願 我們都能常是這樣,以迎來主賜的意想不到的結果。

主,感謝祢賜予的一切恩寵,特別是我根本沒有意識到的那些。求祢讓我在感恩中知足地生活,並以積極的行動來表達對祢的感恩之情。


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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