19 Oct Mon - 29th Week in Ordinary Time - Ss John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues

10/18/2020 6:42:08 PM
Eph. 2:1-10 / Ps. 99:2,3,4,5 / Lk. 12:13-21 (Ps Wk I)

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Many of our present-day financial high-flyers are very similar to the man we read about in today's Gospel.

There is, however, one difference. The man, about whom Jesus spoke, was intelligent enough to realize that he had enough money, so he decided not to concentrate on making more. He remained a deep-dyed materialist nonetheless.

In contrast, some of the financial headline-makers we read about today seem to have a crazy compulsion to make more and more and yet more. Their desire for total financial security and ever-increasing bank balances drives them to transactions that destroy people who have trusted in them and ultimately leads them to destroy themselves.

In the Bible, today's first reading is introduced by the words: "Generosity of God's Plan'. It is an even more precious antidote to the contagion of materialism. In prayerful serenity, we can contemplate God-s loving plan for us. The greater capacity we can make available to God, the more he can fill us. Maybe we need to empty the shelves in our barns a little to leave room for even more of his riches.

Dear Lord, help me to long with St Paul for the unsurpassable riches You promise us. 
               
  

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10月19日( 一 )  常年期第二十九週

厄弗所書 2:1-10
聖詠 100[99]:2,3,4,5
路加福音 12:13-21

保祿經驗到自己是天主的傑作,感受到自己在天主眼中的珍貴。可以想像他注視天主的眼神,充滿著欣賞和愛意。天主在我們每個人身上都是精雕細琢的工匠,祂知道如何雕刻和何時雕刻。我們若能讓天主按照祂的心意雕塑,就能享得人生最大的幸福。

福音中,耶穌特別提到「你們要謹慎,躲避一切貪婪」,因為貪婪讓人沉迷,無法自拔,為達到目的而不擇手段,失去自我而成為物質的奴隸,本末倒置地忘記了人受造的目的。貪婪破壞了人與天主、與他人、與自己、與萬物的關係,危害深遠。貪婪擾亂、佔據人的心,這個本該是天主在我們內的居所。耶穌說過:「沒有人能事奉兩個主人」。


主,祢是我唯一事奉的主人。祢既視我如珍寶,求祢速來進駐我心,教我無論任何來擊,都永不離開祢。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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