19 Oct Tue, 29th Week in Ordinary Time. Ss John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests

10/18/2021 2:15:50 PM
Rom. 5:12, 15b, 17-19,20b-21 / Ps. 39:7-9,10,17 / Lk. 12:35-38 (Ps Wk I)

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The text of today's first reading is often cited as the basis for the doctrine on 'Original sin' - sin/death came through one person. That sin was turned into a blessing by the coming of Our Lord Jesus. His death showed us how much God loves us and all of creation. Similarly, the martyrdom of Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, their companions and two lay martyrs - Rene Goupil and John de Lalande - laid the foundation for our faith to be spread among the Hurons in Quebec.

Bearing witness to the Good News calls for sacrifices, big and small. The gospel encourages us to be ever ready, which means we sacrifice our leisure and say no to laziness. Going out of the way to help someone in need calls for sacrificing our time. On some other occasions, it may mean monetary help. But all of this calls for dying to self-love.

And so we pray, Lord! Give me the strength to make difficult choices, the wisdom to say no to excessive engagement on social media, the concern to visit the elderly and the needy in person. Give me the strength to readily say - "Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will".  

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10月19日 ( 二 )常年期第二十九週   聖若望.貝巴、聖依撒格.饒覺(司鐸)及同伴(殉道)

羅馬書 5:12,15,17-19,20-21
聖詠 40[39]:7-8,8-9,10,17
路加福音 12:35-38

今天的讀經一常被用作解釋「原罪」教義的依據 ── 罪或死亡,藉一人進入了世界。藉著主耶穌的降生,這罪惡成了祝福。耶穌的死亡給我們展示了天主是多麼的愛我們和祂所創造的一切。同樣,若望‧貝巴、依撒格‧饒學及同伴們,以及兩位平信徒:勒內‧顧斌、讓‧拉朗德的殉道,成了信仰在魁北克省休倫族人中奠基的依據。

為福音作見證,需要犧牲,不論大小。今天的福音片段,鼓勵我們保持「醒寤」,隨時準備好去作出犧牲 ── 這可以是指犧牲我們的閒暇,並對懶惰說不!去幫助一個有需要的人,也是在召叫我們犧牲我們的時間。在別的情況下,犧牲可能是作金錢上的支助。然而,一切都是在召叫我們死於自我憐惜。

主啊!求祢賜我能作艱難抉擇的毅力,賜我拒絕沉迷於社交媒體的智慧,教我懂得關懷並親身慰問長者和有需要的人,賜我準備好這樣回答祢的勇氣 ── 主!我在這裏,我來為承行祢的聖意。

(theology.org.hk)
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