16 Jan Sat, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

1/15/2021 4:22:40 PM
Heb. 4:12-16 / Ps. 18:8,9,10,15 / Mk. 2:13-17 (Ps Wk I)

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Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favour and find help in time of need. [Heb 4:16]

The Word of God revealed to us in Scripture is always Spirit and life as the response to today's Psalm assures us, and as Jesus himself assured us concerning his own words (cf. Jn 6:68-70). In different circumstances of our lives, God's Word or Jesus' Word will come to us as commandments or as a revelation, a promise or an encouragement. The same may be said of the Words of Tradition that have come down to us over the centuries through the Church's teaching ministry.

The term "throne of grace" in the Hebrews is seen from the Jewish Old Testament religious practices. Today, we approach the throne of grace in "the Sacrament of Reconciliation," and receive mercy and favour.

The call of Levi the tax collector, in today's Gospel, raises an important question. Does the quality of one's life qualify or disqualify a person for God's call?

Even more to the point, Levi, the tax collector, reviled by his own people for his well-known dishonesty and traitorous allegiance to Rome, is called by Jesus. Jesus, the prophet, the holy man, the Messiah, favours the most hated man in the community.

What can we make of all this? What kind of God enters into such lives? The healing stories in the gospel are stories of forgiveness and call are just. They touch us deeply. Such is the gracious love of God for each of us.

Lord, show us Your mercy. 
      
 


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1月16日( 六 )   常年期第一週


希伯來書 4:12-16
聖詠 19[18]:8-10,15
馬爾谷福音 2:13-17

「所以我們要懷著依恃之心,走近恩寵的寶座,以獲得仁慈,尋到恩寵,作及時的扶助」(希4:12-16)。

聖經給我們啟示的天主聖言「就是神,就是生命」,正如今天答唱詠的答句給我們保證的,也正如耶穌親自保證的(參閱若6:68-70)。在不同的人生際遇與境況當中,天主的聖言或耶穌的說話,時而以誡命或啟示、以許諾或勸勉,引領我們前行。同樣,代代相傳的教會訓導,在給我們指點迷津。

希伯來書作者擁有的,是猶太信仰及舊約的宗教禮儀背景,所以,無論「恩寵的寶座」,為他來說,所指為何,為我們天主教徒來說,「恩寵的?座」都可謂,亦應該意謂,我們領修和聖事的告解亭。

主啊!每當我們懷著依恃之心,走近告解亭,懺悔我們的罪過時,求祢讓我們獲得祢的仁慈,尋到祢的恩寵,欣然享受到祢及時的扶助。


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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