19 Jan Tue, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

1/18/2021 1:37:34 PM
Heb. 6:10-20 / Ps. 110:1-2,4-5,9,10 / Mk. 2:23-28 (Ps Wk II)

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In the secret Roman catacombs, where persecuted early Christians practiced their faith, one of the carved symbols that survives is the anchor. It is found on Christian tombs as a sign of hope in the life of the world to come. Yet, why would the early Christians choose an anchor to symbolise hope?

In the Jewish Temple, the most sacred place was the holy of holies, a hallowed place separated off by a curtain. It was the place of the Tabernacle, the place where God dwelt. Only the high priest could enter here and he would do so once a year on the Day of Atonement.

In the Letter to the Hebrews we hear that, through his death and resurrection, Jesus, the ultimate high priest, has passed through this curtain. He has run before us beyond the curtain of death and into eternal life. More than this, he is an anchor. He is our solid and immovable hope. Where he has gone, we too can follow.

We believe that Jesus is waiting for us in heaven. Let us not be sluggish but diligent, then, in living out our faith. While we are here on earth, let us be open to doing whatever he calls us to do.

Lord, give me the courage to follow You in this life so that where You are now I may follow. 


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0119.gif1月19日( 二 )   常年期第二週

希伯來書 6:10-20
聖詠 111[110]:1-2,4-5,9-10
馬爾谷福音 2:23-28

為回應法利塞人,耶穌所引用的聖經事例,似乎沒有解決到祂的門徒觸犯了法律的問題,但亦沒有暗示耶穌准許祂的門徒不守法。也許,我們可以簡單地說,這裏要申明的重點:事情可從多面看,無須一定要符合固有的規矩和條例。有時,我們甚至必須要打破常規,去思考問題。這似乎就是當時的法利塞人未能做到的。
 
主耶穌,求祢賞賜我們恩寵,使我們常能從祢的話語當中得到啟發,常能忠於祢的真理,俾不至於因為我們的死板僵化,而導致對別人的需要麻木不仁


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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