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1 Cor. 9:16-19,22-27 /Ps. 83:3,4,5-6,12 /Lk. 6:39-42 (Ps Wk III)

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September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists (from 8.46 to 10.28 am) using four commercial airliners attacked the US World Trade Centre and The Pentagon (and also targeted the US Capitol building, but failed). Result? Two thousand nine hundred seventy-seven people died and 25,000 injured. Nobody was prepared for this sudden crisis and tragedy.

St Paul's epistle to the Corinthians gives us the impression of a person filled with passion for his vocation. Of his preaching, he sees it as "a duty which has been laid on me" (v 16) and "a responsibility which has been put into my hands" (v 17). Of his reaching out to others for Christ, he says that "I have made myself the slave of everyone to win as many as I could" (v 19), and that "I made myself all things to all ... in order to save some at any cost" (v 22). And then he continues by saying to his readers, "you must run... to win" (v 24); and that their goal must be to ''win a wreath ... that will never wither" (v 25).

If we live as St Paul lived, then if we were to die suddenly, we would die as those who have discharged their duty and responsibility well. We would die as those who have tried their very best to bring others into God's Kingdom. And our lives would bear witness to our self-discipline where we had strived for excellence. We would have died "prepared", no matter how sudden our death may be as in 9/11.

Lord, help me live my life earnestly like St Paul. 
 


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9月11日( 五 )   常年期第二十三週


格林多前書 9:16-19,22-27
聖詠 84[83]:3,4,5-6,12
路加福音 6:39-42

缺乏天主救恩釋放的人,往往尋求外在的物質滿足,過分追求外在的成功,與他人比較,忽略對內在生命的渴求,因而導致諸多靈性生命的問題,如追求形式、滿足虛榮、對主的臨在失去知覺等。

「我若傳福音,原沒有什麼可誇耀的,因為這是我不得已的事……」,保祿被主召叫而悔改的經驗,使他有能力把對侍奉主的渴望、痛悔已罪和獲享真正救恩的喜樂融為一體,化為他那充滿激情,不辭辛苦,不畏死亡,以整個生命為主作證的福傳行為。他為後世的基督徒樹立了一個充滿聖神和成熟基督徒的榜樣。

耶穌用「瞎子領瞎子」、「大樑與木屑」的比喻教導人。一方面警告我們,偏離成熟基督徒成長路線,俗化信仰的凶險;一方面啟示人們,惟有在天主前開放自己,依靠天主,才會得到真正的平安與幸福。

天主,求祢賜給我們悔改的能力,使我們能反省自己,認識自己的卑微與罪過;也求祢使我們像戰勝誘惑、打敗魔鬼的耶穌那樣,也能在生活中戰勝誘惑、不畏生死、勇敢地為祢作證,活出祢兒女的自由身分。


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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