20 Jun Sat - The Immculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

6/19/2020 1:48:57 PM
Is. 61:9-11 / (R. Ps.) 1 Sam. 2:1,4-5,6-7,8 /Lk. 2:41-51 (Ps Wk III)

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Israel fell into idolatry and infidelity many times in its history. But that is the way with all human beings! The story of Israel is the story of the human soul. Idolatry is putting anything in place of God in our mind and heart. God has always insisted that we worship God and God alone. God must never be in second or third place, but always first. Idolatry brought ruin to the nation, just as it brings ruin to us today. How important is God for you?

Mary and Joseph must have been terrified when they could not find Jesus. All sorts of horrible and nightmarish thoughts must have gone through their minds. Was he still alive? When Mary found Jesus, her fear turned to anger, and she demanded an explanation. Jesus shocked and puzzled them by suggesting that they shouldn't have been looking for him. He was doing God's business, and that came first. He had been confi-dently teaching and debating with senior scholars of the law and tradition. God the Father was definitely first in his life. Mary kept these things in her heart — even though she did not yet understand, she continued to reflect and pray. We cannot always have immediate answers. We must often do likewise — understanding will come with experience and time.

Lord, grant me an understanding of Your ways. 
    

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6月20日( 六 )   聖母無玷之心紀念

依撒意亞先知書 61:9-11
(詠)撒慕爾紀上 2:1,4-5,6-7,8
路加福音 2:41-51

聖母的心始胎無玷,全心全意聆聽主旨,在自己所處的社會環境中,努力做個忠於天主的人。她對天主的全心信賴和交託,影響了主耶穌,以至於小耶穌也早早地明瞭到人生的意義,就是自己必須在天父那裏,參與天父的救恩工程。可以想像,聖家三口都同心同意地追求天父的旨意,在自己的家庭和具體社會環境中,思考自己該如何行事為人,才能彰顯天父兒女的面貌。

聖母給世界培育了一位救主,大慈大悲有真正智慧的救主!耶穌不僅給人指出了走向天父的道路,也給人指出了與人相處的正道。祂把天人聯繫在一起,把世界扭曲的價值觀徹底否定,把人類的眼界拓闊到整個創造和救贖的工程。難怪聖母都不能完全明白祂!

聖母和主耶穌教導我們的,就是天父不是毫無目的地創造每一個人,而是為那個人有美好的計畫,就是說每個人要在天主的引導下,把自己的生命繪製成一幅美好的圖畫,是天主和自己合作的成果,天主滿意,自己也滿意。

聖母無玷聖心,為我等祈!


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