20 Nov Fri 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

11/19/2020 4:45:48 PM
Rev. 10:8-11 / Ps. 8:14,24,72,103,111,131 / Lk. 19:45-48 (Ps Wk I)

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John was told that he must prophesy again, but first, he had to take the scroll and eat it. As he had been told, the scroll tasted sweet as honey.

Was that perhaps because it contained God's words? And again, as he had been told, it made his stomach bitter. Was that because the scroll contained God's judgments? Prophesying was not easy, and many prophets obeyed reluctantly. Being faithful is not easy. It can result in God asking us to do something that we do not want to do. What will our response be?

Jesus was outraged that the temple was not being respected and that people were being exploited when coming to worship. The temple was meant to be a house of prayer.

After cleansing the Temple until Passover, Jesus came daily to teach in the temple. The people listened and were amazed at what he taught, but the temple officials grew more determined in their desire to kill Jesus.

Jesus remained obedient and continued to complete his mission even when he knew that his life was in danger.

Lord, help me to be obedient even when it is not easy.

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11月 20日( 五 )   常年期第三十三週

默示錄 10:8-11
聖詠 119[118]:14,24,72,103,111,131
路加福音 19:45-48


「經上記載:我的殿宇應是祈禱之所,而你們竟把它做了賊窩。」聖殿是天主子民向天主祈禱的地方,是天人相遇之所,是人聆聽天主旨意的地方。在這進行神聖交往的地方,不能容納人的私欲,人必須按照天主的旨意淨化自己,提升自己。真誠祈禱的人,會斬斷自己的私欲偏情,把自己完全獻上,放於天主手中,而不是追求個人私利和虛榮。

為教會而言,主耶穌就是聖殿,天父建在人間的聖殿,教會透過主耶穌向天父祈禱。在教會裏,常常有需要淨化的地方。教會裏的人不應該玷污主耶穌的名號和扭曲祂的教導。主耶穌這座聖殿是神聖純潔的,要驅除世間的污垢。

人是天主的聖殿,其擁有的一切都屬於天主,怎樣使用要看天主的意思,而不是自己隨意支配。所以跟隨天主的人應該把一切獻給天主,不能做賊。

主啊,求祢淨化我!


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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