21 Feb Sun, 1st Sunday of Lent (B)

2/21/2021 6:16:31 PM
Gen. 9:8-15 / Ps. 24:4-5,6,7,8-9 / 1 Pt. 3:18-22 / Mk. 1:12-15 (Ps Wk I)

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The beautiful rainbow is a perpetual sign of God's covenant with all humanity. God seemed reconciled to human weakness and vowed never to destroy the earth by water again. What had happened to all the people that were drowned in the flood? According to an ancient tradition, they were kept in a spiritual prison. It is more likely that God was more merciful than that. In the New Testament, the author of 1 Peter insisted that Jesus descended to the realm of death and preached to those souls in prison, thereby setting them free. In other words, God never leaves anyone behind - no one is expendable. God's salvation is for all, living or dead.

The opening proclamation of the ministry of Jesus is charged with importance. The time is fulfilled; the day has arrived. Change your hearts and minds and believe in the Good News - the Kingdom of God has arrived. God is coming in a big way to take control of the world and establish justice. From now on, the world will be under new management - that of the Lord Jesus. The world's evil systems and rulers are living on borrowed time - the future belongs to God and those who walk in God's ways. We should not be attached to any earthly institution or structure. Each day we ask ourselves, 'Whom do I serve?'

Lord, may I always serve You alone. 
    


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2月21日( 日 )  四旬期第一主日


創世紀 9:8-15
聖詠 25[24]:4-5,6,8-9
伯多祿前書 3:18-22
馬爾谷福音 1:12-15

諾厄一家困身方舟之時,滿眼盡是滔天洪水,過往安逸的日子不復再,舉頭茫然不知何往。相信今天在困境中掙扎的人,定能體會到他們當時那份徬徨無助。但他們沒有放棄,總算等到天主讓他們在滌除污穢的土地上重建新生。天主向他們許下的盟約,更給予他們無比的力量,把信仰一代一代地傳承下去。

洪水的洗禮成為了以色列民族永不磨滅的標記,但隨著人類繁衍,這標記不足以令萬民記起自己在面對撒旦時的軟弱,終於再度淪為罪惡的奴隸。為了幫助人類徹底遠離邪惡,耶穌基督降生成人,留下深刻的勸勉和訓示,更以親身經歷,向人們展示如何抗拒誘惑,如何好公義、行憐憫,最後在十字架上捨身。這血的洗禮藉著宗徒傳遍普世,直到今天仍能引領不信者獲得救贖。

但領洗後又如何?如果空負教友之名,繼續行不義之事,那就是耶穌所厭惡的偽善者,只能報以一句:「你們悔改,信從福音吧!」

天主,求祢以仁愛領迷途者歸回正路,讓公義得以在人間彰顯。


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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