19 Sep Sun, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

9/18/2021 11:02:07 AM
Wis. 2:12a, 17-20 / Ps. 53:3-4,5,6,8 / James 3:16 - 4:3 / Mk. 9:30-37 (Ps Wk I)

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The Accounts of Jesus foretelling his death are central to understanding Jesus' self-consciousness: death on a cross did not catch him unawares.

As far as we can see, Jesus found the specific form of his mission on earth in the vision of the great prophet Isaiah: Against the usual Jewish view of God as a strong God - "the strong One of Israel" (cf. Is 1:24) who would save Israel by his power. Isaiah proposed the rather startling view that God would save us through suffering in the person of his Suffering servant. As the Apostles were Jews, they would have, to a greater or lesser extent, accepted the doctrine of a strong God, and so we can understand the need for Jesus to instruct them on his future suffering. Jesus' life in the world was a supreme example of unconditional love for the Father and even us. Against this view of a strong God of power and might, Isaiah taught a supremely important theology of suffering - its salvific value - based on his vision of God's Suffering Servant.

Lord Jesus teaches us to discover salvation in any suffering we may have to endure through your suffering on the Cross.  

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9月19日 ( 日 ) 常年期第二十五主日

智慧篇 2:12,17-21
聖詠 54[53]:3-4,5,8
雅各伯書 3:16-4:3
馬爾谷福音 9:30-37

耶穌預言自己的死亡的記載,大大幫助了我們對耶穌的自我意識的瞭解:死在十字架上,並非耶穌未能覺察的。

據我們所知,耶穌在依撒意亞這位大先知的預言中,找到自己在世上履行祂的使命的特殊方式。猶太人一向視天主為「以色列的大能者」(參閱依1:24),並相信天主會以大能拯救以色列。依撒意亞卻一反這個常態,提出一個相當驚人的觀點:天主藉著苦難、通過祂的「受苦之僕」來拯救我們。十二位宗徒都是猶太人,所以,或多或少,他們都已經接受了天主是大能者這一教義。於是,我們可以理解,耶穌需要給他們講明自己將要受難。耶穌在世上的生命,是無條件地愛天父,甚至是愛我們的至高典範。在視天主為大能者的傳統觀念下,依撒意亞的「上主受苦之僕」,給我們傳授了一端極為重要的神學道理:痛苦所包含的救贖價值。

主耶穌,仰仗祢在十字架上所受的苦難,願我們無論遭受甚麼痛苦,都能從中發現祢的救贖。

(theology.org.hk)
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