17 Sep Fri, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

9/16/2021 12:21:08 PM
1 Tim. 6:2c-12 / Ps. 48:6-7,8-10,17-18,19-20 / Lk. 8:1-3 (Ps Wk IV)

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Among the several women mentioned by Luke in this short passage (Lk.8:1-3), we may feel that Mary Magdalene is the one best known to us. Though her name is very familiar to us, there is very little that we really do know about her, especially as she is often confused with the sinful woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears (Lk 7) and with Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus.

One extremely important thing we do know of her is that she was the first of the group of Jesus' followers to see the Risen Jesus. He had "cast seven devils out of her", and that is often most likely erroneously taken to mean she was a prostitute and a great sinner; it may just mean some physical deformity or psychological condition that Jesus healed her from.

We are also reminded that the women who travelled with Jesus (Mary of Magdala, Joanna and Susanna, etc.) provided for Jesus and those who travelled with him out of their own resources. Sharing their resources with others was a means for God's presence to be more fully experienced by the people in Jesus.

Are we seeing in these women the beginning of the new People of God's "diakonia"? Such service was not formally mentioned in Jewish Law or found in widespread Jewish practice, so there is something revolutionary here. When the diaconate is formalised in the newborn Church (Acts 6:1-6), the men are in question, but we can see it already alive and well in these women's lives.

Saint Mary Magdalene intercede that we may be very devoted to Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.  

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9月17日 ( 五 ) 常年期第二十四週

弟茂德前書 6:2-12
聖詠 49[48]:6-7,8-10,17-18,19-20
路加福音 8:1-3

路加在今天短短三節的經文中,提到幾位婦女的名字。當中「號稱瑪達肋納的瑪利亞」似乎就是我們最熟悉的了。雖然我們對這個名字都熟悉,但事實上,我們對她這個人的認識卻十分之有限,尤其是當人們常常把她和那位以淚水為耶穌洗腳的罪婦(路7),以及和伯達尼的瑪利亞,即那位瑪爾大和拉匝祿的姊妹混淆。

不過,有一點很重要,而我們又能肯定的,就是她在耶穌的追隨者當中,是首位見到復活的主耶穌基督的人。耶穌曾「從她身上趕出了七個魔鬼」這句描述,使很多人誤以為她是妓女,是個大罪人。其實,這只不過可能是指耶穌治好了她身體上的一些殘障,或精神上的缺陷。

聖瑪利亞瑪達肋納,請為我們轉禱,教我們像您,熱切地追隨我們的主耶穌基督,一心愛慕祂。

(theology.org.hk)
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