20 Jan Wed, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time - St Fabian, Pope & martyr; St Sebastian, martyr

1/20/2021 11:01:49 AM
Heb. 7:1-3,15-17 / Ps. 109:1,2,3,4 /Mk. 3:1-6 (Ps Wk II)

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By referring to Melchizedek, the writer indicated that Christ was a different sort of priest. He was not a priest in the tradition of Aaron, who was of the house of Levi and inherited his priesthood.

Christ was a priest by divine appointment. He does not do his work inside the earthly tabernacle as the Levitical priests did. He is a priest of a different order and is in the heavenly realm. Christ is the great high priest who overcame sin and death and ushered in the rule of peace.

In Mark, this controversy about the Sabbath took place in the synagogue in Capernaum. It was centred on whether healing the man's hand would be considered work because no work was to be done on the Sabbath. Jesus presented his argument on healing, saying it would be the same as saving a life and should be acceptable. Here Jesus did nothing other than asking the man to stretch out his hand, and it was healed. That was enough to anger the Pharisees, and they began to plot against Jesus. Jesus was deeply saddened by their hardness of heart.

Do we answer Jesus' call to help others, or do we turn away?

Lord, may my worship be demonstrated in the way I respond to others with love. 
 


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1月20日( 三 )   常年期第二週

希伯來書 7:1-3,15-17
聖詠 110[109]:1,2,3,4
馬爾谷福音 3:1-6

用心聆聽這篇福音,會看到一個生氣的耶穌,因為祂怒目環視冷漠的法利塞人;也會看到一個正義的耶穌,因為祂試圖讓人們知道何為善惡。再仔細觀察耶穌並進入那個充滿張力的場景,到底是甚麼在吸引我呢?是耶穌的話語嗎?是耶穌的態度嗎?是耶穌那種讓人感到自由平安的臨在嗎?

我瞭解到「愛」讓祂在會堂裏發現了人們的無助和禱聲。祂看到那個「右」手枯乾的人,路加福音6:6給我們詳述了是「右手」,意味著他失去了勞動能力,失去了社會的地位,是被社會拋棄的邊緣人。然而,充滿愛心的耶穌很敏銳地發現了他的需要。

耶穌給予我們重新做人的邀請:「起來,站在中間!」叫我們感受到回到生命中心的邀請,回到以耶穌為中心的聯繫。謹讓我們都把雙目注視著耶穌,在祂的溫柔和愛情內獲得生命的力量,並有能力接受祂的治愈:「伸出手來!」在眾人中顯揚祂的愛,並不斷宣揚祂將我們的生命復甦的偉大恩寵。
 
主,求祢幫助我們不斷在生活中發現愛,並活在祢的愛內,讓愛使我們回到與祢聯繫的中心。


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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