17 Nov Tue 33rd Week in Ordinary Time, St Elizabeth of Hungary, religious

11/17/2020 10:57:50 AM
Rev. 3:1-6,14-22 / Ps. 14:2-4,5 / Lk. 19:1-10 (Ps Wk I)

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Today we hear a letter to the Church in Laodicea. This city was wealthy; it minted coins and hosted its own medical school. Yet, in spite of this material wealth, people were spiritually poor. Just like coffee that is left out too long, the people became lukewarm. They felt little passion or need for God.

Surprisingly, however, Jesus does not abandon them. Jesus says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." (Rev. 3:20)

Building on this image, today we hear of Zacchaeus. He has a reputation for being dishonest and cooperating with the enemy - the Romans. Surprisingly, however, Jesus says, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." (Lk. 19:5)

In each case, Jesus sees the imperfection of people and yet still chooses to draw closer. As strange as it may seem, Jesus truly desires to be with us. Though we have made many mistakes in life, Jesus invites us to come and eat with him today. The question is, do I accept his love and mercy? Will I let Jesus come closer?

Lord, I open the door to you. Enter more deeply into my life. Give me the passion for loving You generously. 
 

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11月 17日( 二 )   常年期第三十三週    聖依撒伯爾‧匈牙利

默示錄 3:1-6,14-22
聖詠 15[14]:2-3,3-4,5
路加福音 19:1-10


今天我們聆聽一封寫給勞狄刻雅教會的信。勞狄刻雅是個富裕的城市,不但有自己鑄造的硬幣,還興建自己的醫學院。可是,儘管物質豐盛富饒,人民的靈性生活卻貧乏。他們不感覺到需要天主。但是,很奇怪,耶穌沒有遺棄他們。耶穌說:「看,我立在門口敲門,誰若聽見我的聲音而給我開門,我要進到他那裏,同他坐席,他也要同我一起坐席」(默3:20)。

以這個圖象為背景,我們讀匝凱的故事。匝凱被公認為是不老實,兼且勾結與民為敵的羅馬人。但很奇怪,耶穌同樣對他說:「匝凱,你快下來!因為我今天必須住在你家中」(路19:5)。

在這兩種情況下,耶穌都並非看不見人的缺失,而是仍然選擇與人親近。無論耶穌的作法看來多麼奇怪,這就是祂的選擇:祂渴望與我們同在。祂渴望在今天便和我們一起坐席,無論我們自覺怎樣百般不配。問題在於:我接受祂的愛和憐憫嗎?我會讓祂走近嗎?

主,我為祢打開那道門。請祢進駐我的生命。請祢賜我熱切地愛祢的恩寵。


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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