11 Oct Mon, 28th Week in Ordinary. Time St John XXIII, pope

10/10/2021 2:36:50 PM
Rom. 1:1-7 / Ps. 97:1,2-4 / Lk. 11:29-32 (Ps Wk IV)

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In his letter to the Roman's, Paul expresses his new understanding and attitude toward the Torah or the Law. In Paul's understanding, the Torah was no longer "law", that is, no longer normative or obligatory for Christians. This is because it is by the Law that the Jews put Jesus to a shameful and dishonourable death, and yet, God raised Jesus from the dead. Therefore, according to Paul, the Torah has been useful in helping Christians to know how they got to the present, but now it no longer has any binding rules for them for the future.

Jesus responds to the Jewish authorities who ask for a sign to demonstrate that his power is not demoniac. The Pharisees and scribes, the religious leaders and experts of the Torah, had accused Jesus of getting his power from Satan. Jesus says that he himself is the sign. He compares himself to Jonah, at who's coming, the people of Nineveh repented and changed their lives. Jesus, too, comes with a message of salvation if only the people heed it. If they do not adhere to his message, the repentance and power that Jesus brings will move away from them to others who are far off.

As Christians, we too may be caught up with merely following the rules and laws of the Church without adhering to the 'spirit' of the message that Jesus brings us. Rules and laws are a means to an end and not an end in themselves. They are meant to help us draw closer to Jesus and have an intimate relationship with him.

Lord, may You be the first in my life.  

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10月11日 ( 一 )常年期第二十八週

羅馬書 1:1-7
聖詠 98[97]:1,2-3,3-4
路加福音 11:29-32

我們認為平凡無奇的景象或日常熟悉的地方,攝影師卻通常可以發現其中的美,用照片呈現出來,讓我們熟悉這些地方的人為之驚歎。世界從來不缺乏美,只是少了發現美的眼睛。或者,再美的事物看久了也就習以為常而不覺其美了。

同樣,我們周邊並不缺少奇蹟和徵兆,只是缺少發現它們的慧眼。耶穌的教導和所行的奇蹟已經非常明顯,祂同族的鄰人和權貴卻因嫉妒、封閉、不信等,而拒絕耶穌,甚至污蔑祂賴魔王治病、驅魔,並要求更多更大的徵兆或記號。耶穌心痛之餘,還是給出了新「約納」的徵兆 ── 祂在墳墓裏三天,然後復活。

我們惋惜耶穌同代的人,也要自省,看是否也有類似的靈性遲鈍與習以為常,對天主給予的徵兆無動於衷?我們請求天主給予生活的指引和奇蹟,卻不留意祂在平凡日常生活中已賜下的眾多美好!我們需要像尼尼微人一樣,盡快從我們的自以為是和暴殄天物的態度中悔改,好認出天主的奇妙大愛。

主,請賜予我在各種境遇中,認出祢臨在的恩寵。

(theology.org.hk)
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