15 Jan Fri, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

1/14/2021 2:57:38 PM
Heb. 4:1-5,11 / Ps. 77:3,4,6-7,8 / Mk. 2:1-12 (Ps Wk I)

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Like most other miracle stories in the New Testament, this miracle story can also serve as a parable, inviting us to reflect on our relationship with Jesus. The four men who carried their paralysed friend to bring him to Jesus are praised for their faith.

In our own lives, are we spiritually paralysed? Have we the ability to go to Jesus? Do we need some friends, spiritual guides, other fervent Catholics, the priests and perhaps others who serve your local parish to bring you to Jesus?

They may be more than willing to help you get beyond your spiritual paralysis, but in their willingness to help you develop an intimate relationship with Jesus, they may encounter many hindrances symbolised by the crowds surrounding Jesus.

In your personal life, what are the "crowds" that spiritually paralyse you? Crowds not of people, but perhaps crowds of mundane distractions, the plethora of social media, calling for our attention - the gossips, the jealousies in the workplace and other sectors of social media.

We are often in need of faithful friends to help us solve the debilitating problems that can appear as insurmountable blockages on our way to seek Jesus' healing.

Lord Jesus, deepen our self-awareness so that we may see what hinders our relationship with You. 
     
 


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1月15日( 五 )   常年期第一週


希伯來書 4:1-5,11
聖詠 78[77]:3-4,6-7,8
馬爾谷福音 2:1-12

這個奇蹟故事,像新約許多其他奇蹟故事一樣,可看待為是一個邀請我們反省我們同耶穌的關係的比喻。將癱子抬到耶穌跟前的四位友人的信德,備受稱揚。反躬自問,我們的靈性生命是否癱瘓?是否完全沒有自我的能力走到耶穌跟前,而需要靠一些朋友的幫助?這些朋友可能是靈修指導員、熱心的天主教徒、神父,或堂區服務員。相信他們都會非常之樂於幫助我們擺脫靈性上的癱瘓,但是,在幫助我們與耶穌建立親密關係的過程中,他們亦可能會遇到許多障礙,就像耶穌被人群包圍著難以接近,這個圖象所象徵的障礙一樣。究竟是甚麼「人群」癱瘓我們的靈性生命?或許癱瘓我們的,不是人群,而是太多令我們分心的世俗事物,太多在社交媒體中流傳的閒言閒語、職場嫉妒……。尋求耶穌的醫治,我們常會需要到信德堅定的朋友幫助,以化解我們自己無法跨越的障阻。

主耶穌,請加深我們自我省察的意識,使我們可以清楚地看到是甚麼在阻礙我們同祢建立更親密的關係。


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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