17 Oct Sat - 28th Week in Ordinary Time - St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr

10/16/2020 9:07:04 PM
Eph. 1:15-23 / Ps. 8:2-3,4-5,6-7 / Lk. 12:8-12 (Ps Wk IV)

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What is your biggest challenge in life? Amidst the hardships of life, have you ever considered giving up?

Today Paul encourages us, "...I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance..." (Eph. 1:18).

No matter how daunting a challenge we face, God has prepared a wonderful future for us. Do not give up.

Jesus also encourages his followers facing conflict, "...do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say" (Lk. 12:11-12).

St Ignatius of Antioch was a 2nd century bishop and martyr. When persecuted for his faith, he did not give up. The Holy Spirit gave him words: his last writings reveal that Ignatius believed that his death would actually unite him with Christ. He discovered meaning in his suffering. He said that in the arena, he would be crushed in the teeth of the lion like wheat that is crushed to become the Eucharistic body of Christ.

Such courage when facing death encouraged other Christians to keep being faithful to Jesus, even amidst suffering.

Holy Spirit, when I am suffering, teach me what to say and do. 
             
  

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10月17日( 六 )   常年期第二十八週 聖依納爵.安提約基亞(主教,殉道)

厄弗所書 1:15-23
聖詠 8:2-3,4-5,6-7
路加福音 12:8-12

當我們面對大挑戰,身心俱疲,擬放棄奮鬥的時候,保祿勸勉我們:我求主「光照你們心靈的眼目,為叫你們認清他的寵召有什麼希望,在聖徒中他嗣業的光榮,是怎樣豐厚」(弗1:18)。所以,無論我們面對的困難有多艱巨,天主已經為我們準備了一個美好的將來。請不要放棄。

耶穌鼓勵祂的追隨者,在遭受壓迫時「不要思慮怎樣申辯,或說什麼話,因為在那個時刻,聖神必要教給你們應說的話」(路12:11-12)。

聖依納爵.安提約基亞是第二世紀的主教和殉道者。當他因信仰而遭受迫害時,他沒有放棄。聖神教他說話:他的遺書表明,他相信自己的死亡就是讓他與基督結合。他發現承受痛苦的意義。他說在刑場(羅馬競技場),獅子的牙齒會將他磨得粉碎,就好像將麥子磨碎,製成基督的聖體那樣。

他面對死亡所表現出的無比勇氣,鼓勵其他基督徒,在苦難中,堅持信仰,無負基督。


天主聖神,當恐懼包圍我,苦難折磨我,請祢教我說甚麼,做甚麼。


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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