22 Oct Fri, 29th Week in Ordinary Time. St John Paul II, Pope

10/21/2021 5:26:26 PM
Rom. 7:18-26a / Ps. 118:66,68,76,77,93,94 / Lk. 12:54-59 (Ps Wk I)

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Many of us at one time or another have felt like Paul did. We are divided and conflicted in ourselves. We want to avoid negative things, and yet we do them. We want to do good things, and we fall short. We are like a team of runaway horses! We need to be in harmony with all parts of ourselves: body, mind, heart, and soul - and with God. Then and only then can we claim to be a whole person and in possession of ourselves. By ourselves, we cannot achieve this, but Paul gives us a hopeful answer.

Jesus Christ can bind us together and make us whole if only we surrender our lives to him. We are not alone.

Walking in God's ways and living in the Spirit gives us the gift of awareness and discernment. To the spiritually aware person, the world around them and the events reported daily read like a roadmap of God's kingdom. To others, it is senseless and meaningless and maybe a source of discouragement or despair. Reading the world around us will indicate where God is at work, where God's love and ours are most needed, and how God wants us to change our hearts and minds. We will be able to see God at work in the lives of those around us. Jesus added a challenge: work things out for yourselves. Decide what is right and be reconciled with others. Take care of your business here on earth, and the sooner, the better. Take part in the healing and reconciliation of the world by your actions and decisions today.

Lord, grant me the gift of discernment.  

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10月22日 ( 五 )常年期第二十九週

羅馬書 7:18-25
聖詠 119[118]:66,68,76,77,93,94
路加福音 12:54-59

今天的彌撒讀經告訴我們,縱使我們有很高、很實際的理想,但是,如果沒有天主的眷顧,也無法實現。

今天福音選篇開首便說:「耶穌又向群眾說」。「群眾」是指那些跟隨祂、聆聽祂,並且因為有一位務實而富同情心的師傅而感到高興的人們。祂不像司祭和肋未人那樣,自詡高高在上,卻從不實質幫忙。

耶穌的教導很實際。祂以日常的生活為例,指出當人們知道天氣要變壞了,便會作好預防。但為甚麼當耶穌指出那些嚴重損害他們和天主的關係的品行時,他們沒有作出相應的修補行動呢?只要他們願意,天主一定會援助。

是的,耶穌是對當日的群眾說,但也是在給今天的我們說。謹讓我們喜樂地加人這個在聆聽耶穌的人群中。懷著祈禱的心神,細聽耶穌的話語,會帶給我們平安,會堅強我們的信念。

「善師,為承受永生,我該作甚麼?」

(theology.org.hk)
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