21 Oct Thu, 29th Week in Ordinary Time

10/20/2021 1:51:26 PM
Rom. 6:19-23 / Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6 / Lk. 12:49-53 (Ps Wk I)

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Paul appeals to the human experience of being enslaved to sin as a means of showing its futility. The acknowledgement that this kind of life leads nowhere but to death leaves the possibility of accepting a new kind of life freed from the slavery of sin, putting oneself at the service of love and justice, therefore committing one's whole being to authentic living.

In the Gospel passage, Jesus explains further what this commitment will mean. It is far from being a cosy, comfortable feeling, sheltered from conflict and division. He is only too aware that commitment to His values will inevitably bring about division and pain right amid the closet of relationships.

The Christian who faithfully bears witness to Christ will undergo the inescapable 'fire' (Lk. 12:49) of purification of his faith when he experiences misunderstandings and hostilities, no matter how gentle and tactful he may be. And in some periods and crises, he will face actual persecution.

Lord, help me be committed to You and my fellow sisters and brothers without counting the cost.  

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10月21日 ( 四 ) 常年期第二十九週

羅馬書6:19-23
聖詠 1:1-2,3,4,6
路加福音 12:49-53

作惡的人,何以甘於沉淪?他們完全明白自己所做的一切,如何傷害別人、禍延後代,卻毫不在乎。因為他們只著重眼前的滿足和預期中的得益,卻沒有想過自己將承受的後果。保祿宗徒提醒他們將「以那些事為可恥,因為其結局就是死亡」。但惡貫滿盈的人如何受到地獄永火的煎熬,並不是保祿的焦點;他更關心的是罪人悔改之後,可以怎樣把自己獻於正義,行聖善的事,從而得享永生。

人若能全心依靠上主,尊重生命,自然不會成為罪惡的奴隸。可惜本性軟弱的人,一旦發現自己可以用不同手段壓制別人,藉打擊別人來達到個人目的,他們便沉溺其中,從此與罪惡緊緊相纏。

耶穌在今天福音中焦急地表示,祂是要來送分裂!就像把子女從父母中分裂出去,祂要把人從罪惡中分裂出去。那看來密不可分、緊緊相纏的關係,耶穌要把它一一切斷,為了能讓我們脫離罪惡,獲得自由。

上主,人的法律有其局限,唯專心愛好祢的法律和晝夜默思祢誡命的人,才是有福的!

(theology.org.hk)
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