19 Jun Fri - MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

6/18/2020 6:41:25 PM
Deut. 7:6-11 /Ps. 103(102):1-2,3-4,6-7,8,10 /1 Jn. 4:7-16 / Mt. 11:25-30 (Psalter proper)

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines imagina-tion as the 'mental faculty forming images of external objects not present to the senses.' So, with some guid-ance, one can use one's imagination to go about form-ing the better world I would like to create but which I feel somewhat inadequate to bring about.

With the use of our imagination, today's feast can be of great support to us who want to do something worthwhile for the Lord. The Holy Spirit can fire our imagination and strengthen our wills.

The first reading looks to the past and shows us how God actually, historically came to the help of the people of Israel. With His assistance, they did great things for Him and themselves and us even though they were as the reading says, 'the smallest of all nations.'

The Gospel assures us that the very act of recogniz-ing and admitting our incapacity for the job can draw to us the strengthening power of God. It could well be that Peter's imagination was fired by the resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit. It may help us to stand in our imagination beside Peter in the awe-inspiring presence of the powerful and highly educated 'leaders, elders and scribes' in the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem (Acts 4:1-22). There he confidently and very skilfully defended his proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant us the courage and imagination in our work for You.
    

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6月19日( 五 )   耶穌聖心節

申命紀 7:6-9,11
聖詠 103[102]:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,10
若望一書 4:7-16
瑪竇福音 11:25-30

若望一書特別強調,耶穌服從天父之命降生於世。祂在自己的生活中完美的闡釋了天主對人的愛,直到最後為我們做了贖罪祭。耶穌因服從而表達的外在行動,讓我們感受到天主的內在本質,就是若望所強調的「天主是愛」。我們藉著與天主的親近往來,不斷的提升對這愛的敏感度,並讓這愛成為我們整個生命和生活的動力及目標。在整個過程中,需要不斷覺察思想和行動是否出於愛,為保證愛的質素。

天主是愛的源頭,我們是因為愛而被創造的,但是愛的這行動不是出於我,而是天主協同我。我們都分享了這愛,所以天主才是我們吸取愛的能量的源頭。當我們被愛所充滿時,才能感受到耶穌所說的「我的軛是柔和的,我的擔子是輕鬆的」。因為由天主而來的愛的思想和行動,必然會充滿喜樂,我們也必然會被愛所滋養。

天主的愛就像陽光一樣無條件的、時刻的、均勻的分施給每一個人。

天主,祈求祢讓我們認識到通過耶穌聖心所傳達的愛,並生活在這愛內。


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