17 Jan Sun, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

1/16/2021 7:11:51 PM
1 Sam. 3:3-10,19 / Ps. 39:2,4,7-9,10 / 1 Cor. 6:13-15,17-20 / Jn. 1:35-42 (Ps Wk II)

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'Come and see', was Jesus' answer when asked "Where do you live?" Instead of just telling those two disciples of John the Baptist the place of his stay, Jesus invited them to a personal experience of what it was like to be with Him. And those two men stayed with Him the rest of that day, and indeed became His followers and stayed with Him for the rest of their lives. Jesus wants us to know Him personally. He calls us to be His companions. Christian companionship, fellowship, community-feeling is more than "feeling good," being together and doing things together. What bonds us together is each one's own personal relationship with Jesus, our own experience of Him, which we become conscious of especially in our private prayer. This personal prayer is related to and complementary to our public prayer in groups and liturgies. We need both kinds, and both in their different ways are channels for learning to know Jesus better, to hear and listen to His calling, and to His invitation to "come and see" for ourselves. Having seen for ourselves, we will then (like Andrew) want to share our great discovery with others... a discovery we've been granted by Jesus' invitation.

"Speak Lord, Your servant is listening: You have the message of eternal life." 
       
 


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1月17日( 日 )   常年期第二主日


撒慕爾紀上 3:3-10,19
聖詠 40[39]:2,4,7-8,8-9,10
格林多前書 6:13-15,17-20
若望福音 1:35-42

若望聖史筆下的若翰洗者,是個為耶穌作證的人,正如我們在今天的福音選讀中看見的。但最好能夠閱讀整個段落(若1:19-42),因為一方面可以更全面地了解若翰洗者所作的見證,另一方面亦可藉此領會這部福音如何在開始記載耶穌的啟示之前,特別作了三次有關耶穌的申明:耶穌是若翰親眼看見聖神降下,停在祂身上的那一位(若1:33);祂是天主的羔羊,是除免世罪者(若1:29);當人前來質詢,若翰斷言:耶穌已經來到他們中間,而他們卻不認識祂。

「你們中間站著一位,是你們所不認識的」(若1:26)── 若翰這句為耶穌作證的說話,對我們天主教徒、對我們因信德而有的靈修,是一大挑戰:我們的信仰邀請我們隨從聖神的帶領,忠信地以愛去回應站在我們中間的耶穌。

主耶穌,願我們在一切事上都能委順於祢聖神的帶領。


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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