18 Nov Wed 33rd Week in Ordinary Time, Dedication of the Basilicas of St Peter and St Paul

11/17/2020 10:59:27 AM
Rev. 4:1-11 / Ps. 150:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Lk. 19:11-28 (Ps Wk I)

HolySpirit-Shalom.jpg

The Book of Revelation was written to the Christian community, which was facing persecution from Rome. Many in the community were afraid, and their faith was wavering. The author aims to address the question as to how Christians are to live their faith in a society that has often been hostile to them. He wishes to help them understand that God's divine rule continues even in the face of opposition and hostility, and that, not Caesar, the emperor of Rome, but God is the ruler of the universe.

Jesus achieved the victory over sin and evil by his sacrifice on the cross, and the vision of the victorious enthronement of the Lamb testifies to this truth. The vision is filled with mysterious images and symbols, all of which provide signs of the divine sovereignty of God over the Roman Empire.

The gospel passage describes the story of a king who gives three servants different amounts of money. The parable is an attempt to answer a question that was often asked the early Christian community, that is, when will Jesus come and what should Christians do during his absence.

The answer is that Christians, as represented by the servants, are not to sit idle or simply preserve the status quo, but continue to work while Jesus is away. When one is open to God's actions in Jesus, he or she continues to intensify his or her share in the Kingdom.

Lord, help me serve You always. 


logo_shalom.jpg

11月 18日( 三 )   常年期第三十三週

默示錄 4:1-11
聖詠 150:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 19:11-28


「萬物都是因了天主的旨意而存在,而造成的。」天主的愛是一切受造物的存在理由。我們每一個人都是按照天主的肖像和模樣而受造,都是被天主所愛的。我們蒙召以愛德生活,在關注受造物時,也要對人類夥伴投入真誠的愛。天主給我們不同的恩寵,去承行祂的旨意。當具備某種天分、知識或技能,我們便應該努力將這些白白得來的「米納」,遵循個別的途徑,去白白地分施,以回應天主的愛。若是已婚者,就應該愛護和照顧自己的丈夫或妻子。若正在謀生幹活的,就應該老實地把工作做好。若是為人父母或祖父母者,就應該耐心教導子女跟隨耶穌。若是掌權者,就應該努力為公眾謀求最大的利益。

我們讚美上主的豐功偉業,因為我們不只是蒙恩受造,更要成為祂的子女。我們還蒙召做祂的工具,吸引別人歸向祂,回到受造之初的肖像和模樣。

主,求祢光照我們,去關懷一切受造物,讓一切有氣息的,都讚美祢。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

Lên đầu trang