14 Nov Sat 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

11/13/2020 5:35:37 PM
2 Jn. 5-8 / Ps. 111:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Lk. 18:1-8 (Ps Wk IV)

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Often when we hear the success stories of the athletes who achieve great results, we realize that their results mostly depend on the consistency of their training and perseverance in addition to their great talent. For instance, the great Brazilian footballer, Ronaldinho has been training for up to 20 hours a week since he was a 16-year-old boy.

Today, Jesus reminds us that we too need to persevere in our prayer life and in doing God's work. He uses the widow as an example to us. The widow though helpless (and maybe even hopeless) still comes many times to the judge demanding fair judgement. Others might be tempted to give up half-way but not she! Her perseverance finally pays off.

Perhaps, we need to look into our lives and question ourselves whether we also have full trust in the Lord despite our struggles and challenges.

Faith is the gift from God, but we need to nurture it through our prayer life and good works.

Let us also strive in our faith journey to be like well-prepared athletes - perhaps "marathon runners" with great stamina for the long haul, rather than "sprinters" who end the journey fast.

Jesus, be with us on this journey and hold us near to You.! 
      

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11月 14日( 六 )   常年期第三十二週

若望三書 5-8
聖詠 112[111]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 18:1-8


「時常祈禱,不要灰心。」祈禱就是向天主開放自我,讓祂進入我的生命去看當下所發生的一切,俾承行祂的旨意。祈禱不是壓力,或壓抑,或強迫;不是我緊拉著祂的手。我們的手是如此的無常,常想摘花拈草;在不自覺中自己會鬆開祂的手,去忙自己手頭上的事。祈禱更像天主緊拉著我的手,牽引著我邁向真生命的旅程。

把手伸入祂的手心,讓祂緊握;把心融入祂的聖心,讓祂融化。在祂內可以卸下我的偽裝和面具,直視內心中的自我:害怕、恐懼、委屈、痛苦、淚水、微笑、幸福......。在西班牙聖方濟各沙勿略小堂有個苦像,叫微笑的基督:十字架上的耶穌伸展著釘著的雙手,微笑著,歡迎著你、我、他和世界。「來吧!......到我這裏來吧!我要使你們安息」(參閱瑪11:28)。

主,請祢緊握我的雙手,把我的心融入到祢受了傷的愛心。


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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