20 Sep Mon, 25th Week in Ordinary Time. SS Laurent Imbert, bishop, Jacques Chastan, priest (Penang College General Fathers) SS Andrew Kim Tae-gon, priest and Paul ChongHa-sang & Comps. martyrs

9/19/2021 5:10:22 PM
Ezr. 1:1-6 / Ps. 125:1-3,4-5,6 / Lk. 8:16-18 (Ps Wk I)

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The Jews had been conquered and were in exile in Babylon. But the fall of the Babylonian empire to Cyrus, the king of Persia, gave the Jews the opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. It is amazing how that King Cyrus recognised the God of the Jews as being the Lord!

God had spoken to him, and Cyrus had listened. He sent a messenger throughout the entire kingdom advising that the Jews were free to go and their neighbours should provide them with materials to aid in rebuilding the Temple. Imagine the excitement of these Jewish refugees! God had not forgotten them.

Jesus had been interpreting the parable of the Sower for his disciples. He continued by telling them that a light needs to be visible for others. And the lives of the disciples have to be a light to others so that everything would come to light. Followers of Jesus must live in such a way that others would be drawn to the teachings of Jesus and Jesus himself. Finally, Jesus emphasised the need for careful listening, which would bring understanding and lead to obedience.

Lord, help me to listen and obey.  

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9月20日 ( 一 )常年期第二十五週   聖金大建司鐸、聖丁聖夏及同伴(殉道)

厄斯德拉上 1:1-6
聖詠 126[125]:1-2,2-3,4-5,6
路加福音 8:16-18

聖詠提醒我們不斷的記憶上主為我們所行的奇蹟,讓我們以感恩的心去生活在當下。當我們懷著感恩的心去回憶一天的生活時,必會看到天主經過的痕跡,因而有了力量把這一天所受的痛苦奉獻給天主,心裏喜樂。

每當讀到今天的福音片段,總是在心裏自問:我最近是如何在人前點亮了我的燈?我有沒有給人帶去我僅有的那份微弱的光呢?我給人帶去的是感恩嗎?還是自己的黑暗無助?只有自己在耶穌那裏獲得了光,才能在人前點亮自己。祂是永恆的光源,沒有祂我將活在黑暗和痛苦中。當我來在耶穌跟前,為所有的一切感恩時,我才獲得了力量成為人前的燈。耶穌說讓我們把燈放在燈台上,正是在告訴我們唯有祂才是我們生命的燈,把耶穌迎到心靈深處時,我們的心台便放置了耶穌這盞永恆的燈。

親愛的主耶穌,求祢讓我們不斷以感恩的心去面對生活中的一切,並迎接祢這盞生命之燈進入我們的內心,讓我們有能力用愛的行動去照亮他人。

(theology.org.hk)
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