13 Nov Fri 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

11/12/2020 2:23:36 PM
2 Jn. 4-9 / Ps. 118:1,2,11,17,18 / Lk. 17:26-37 (Ps Wk IV)

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The author of 2 John insists that those who do not abide in the teaching of Christ or who go beyond it have cut themselves off from Christ.

At first, this may seem rather frightening - what if our understanding of theology, doctrine, or liturgy is not 100 per cent. Does this mean we are lost? Not at all! The letter hastens to add that the core of Jesus' teaching is the commandment to love one another. The emphasis is on what we do rather than the details of what we believe. The coming of Jesus in the flesh was the supreme expression of love. This is where so many people fall: they sometimes are very religious and theologically correct but terribly unloving. Ideally, we should be both, but if we must err it should be on the side of love.

People love to plan for the future and to have control over their lives and the world around them. Jesus cited several examples from Scripture where the end came suddenly and unexpectedly, catching people in the midst of their busy everyday activities. Events in our day - the tsunami, 9/11, earthquakes, and so on - teach us that we do not have as much control as we think. That is why the first reading is so important: when we live out a continual expression of love for God and others, we are always ready to meet God. Our reason for being alive is to learn how to love as God does - if we have learned that, it does not matter what happens.

Lord, teach me to love. 
     

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11月 13日( 五 )   常年期第三十二週

若望二書 4-9
聖詠 119[118]:1-2,10-11,17-18
路加福音 17:26-37


「若想保全自己的性命,必要喪失性命;凡喪失性命的,必要保存性命。」在祈禱中思索著生命是甚麼,體驗到生命的歷程是如此的奇妙和可貴:從胚胎到胎兒,到嬰兒,到成人,到老年。生老病死,悲歡離合,酸甜苦辣。「一粒麥子如果不落在地裏死了,仍只是一粒」;種子非經溫度和濕度的滋養,就扎根不深;非經風吹雨打,日曬雨淋,就不會根壯葉肥;非經飄零落葉,就不會開出那般鮮豔美麗的花朵,碩果纍纍。

一粒麥子死後才能結出許多籽粒來。一條生命不是單獨的生命體,卻常與大自然,與動植物,與其他人緊緊相連,拼揍成一幅完整的世界大拼圖。

「這不是我寫給你的一條新命令,而是我們從起初就有的命令」── 應該彼此相愛。天主是愛。生命就是在愛內彼此相連,彼此擔待。

主,教我們真心願欲按照祢的命令生活,在祢的愛中生活。


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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