2 Dec Wed 1st Week of Advent

12/1/2020 6:48:04 PM
Is. 25:6-10 / Ps. 22: 1-4,5,6 / Mt. 15:29-37 (Ps Wk I)

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In his World Mission Sunday Message, 2020, Pope Francis has called on the Church to understand what God is saying during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic: "Illness, suffering, fear and isolation challenge us.

"Also the poverty of those who die alone, the abandoned, those who have lost their jobs and income, the homeless and those who lack food challenge us."

Surely, there is much need of hope during this period, and the Holy Scripture rechallenges us to re-discover and renew our understanding of God and what He desires for us, His people.

The first reading presents us an image of a grand banquet that God will prepare for His people on the "mountain" which is Mount Zion, where God Himself dwells. Rich food and fine strained wine will be served. The banquet is held to celebrate God's victory over every threat that hangs over the head of humanity, including death. He will remove all sorrow and the humiliation that His people have suffered at the hands of their enemies.

The Psalm is a song of trust where God is portrayed as a Shepherd who cares for His people and who leads them. The people are asked to have full confidence in the Lord even when the paths of life go through dangerous and dark places. Again, the image of the banquet is used to show God's blessings for His people.

The Gospel passage shows Jesus as the compassionate Son of God, curing the sick and feeding the people.

Lord, thank You for assuring us of Your love. 
     


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12月2日( 三 )   將臨期第一週

依撒意亞先知書 25:6-10
聖詠 23[22]:1-3,3-4,5,6
瑪竇福音 15:29-37

今天的兩篇讀經都與「宴席」有關。依撒意亞先知提到天主要在聖山上為萬民擺設盛宴,瑪竇則記述了耶穌為幾千人行增餅奇蹟的故事。

依撒意亞的這段話是他「啟示錄」的一部分,是對末日情景的預言。先知在此表達了他的普遍救恩觀,說萬民都將到天主的聖山,享受天主的盛宴。與天主共宴,在猶太宗教裏是通過共融祭實現的。教父們把耶穌的增餅奇蹟看作感恩祭的預像,而感恩祭,正是共融祭的滿全。

在天人最終圓滿共融的時刻,淚水將被拭去,死亡將被毀滅;人的傷痛只有在天主美好的生命與憐憫的愛內才能獲得永久性的治愈。真正的救援,是與上主的共融。

耶穌來,就是為實現天人的共融;祂就是天主愛的分施者。是出於憐憫的愛,祂治愈病人、教導民眾;也是出於憐憫的愛,祂不願人們挨餓,為他們行增餅奇蹟。值得注意的是,祂是讓門徒把餅和魚分給群眾的。

身為耶穌的門徒,今天的我們也該繼續把耶穌對眾人的愛分施給他們,並要召喚一切人到教會,好分享天主為他們擺設的盛宴 ── 感恩祭。


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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