22 Oct Thu - 29th Week in Ordinary Time - St John Paul II, Pope

10/21/2020 4:15:09 PM
Eph. 3:14-21 / Ps. 32:1-2,4-5,11-12,18-19 /L k. 12:49-53 (Ps Wk I)

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Paul prays for God's gift of faith and love, and through these, for the experience of the love of Christ.

Christ lives in Christians through their faith and love so that they can 'know' 'the love of Christ' that is to experience rather than 'comprehend' the wide-reaching and all-embracing nature of Christ's love - 'the breadth and the length, the height and the depth.'

Paul also praises God magnificently, indicating that the whole aim of our salvation is God's glory. God's plan of salvation is unimaginable to us without faith and love.

When Christians are "filled with the utter fullness of God" (Eph. 3:19), they are ready to accept the experience of the fire that Jesus speaks of in Luke 12:49. He also speaks of the social divisiveness that follow and which He illustrates with images of family discord.

Even within each person, there will be the struggles between the desire to be close which Jesus and the desire to be away from the burning Cross of Redemption that He offers. It is a demand for faithful following, even though there are conflicts and divisions.

Dear Lord, we are challenged not to look for superficial peace on earth, but the fullness of God, in our lives of faith and love which are achieved with much sacrifice. 
  
  

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10月22日( 四 )   常年期第二十九週

厄弗所書 3:14-21
聖詠 33[32]:1-2,4-5,11-12,18-19
路加福音 12:49-53

今天的厄弗所書就祈禱方面的教導,可謂最深奧、最感人和最富啟發性。我們經常聽到保祿用「在基督耶穌內」這個片語。保祿不是純粹要藉著這片語隱喻些甚麼,或這片語只不過是他說話的一種方式。「在基督耶穌內」表達出一個最深奧的事實。既然我們愛耶穌,也就要遵從保祿在另一場合所教導的:我們必須要學習在耶穌這個世界「生活、行動、存在」(宗17:28)。

當保祿談到基督的愛的「廣、闊、高、深」,他在談論的,不僅是廣、闊、高、深,這些字眼本身的意義,他是以一個空間的圖象給我們繪畫天主在耶穌內所彰顯的一些奧秘。儘管保祿描繪的圖象,令我們感到萬分不配,受寵若驚,或是簡直不能相信也好,如果我們嘗試進入耶穌這個世界,我們會被天主的大愛的不可思議、不可斗量所溶化,不但深感安慰,也會變得無比堅強。


親愛的主耶穌,請恩准我活在祢愛的世界裏。。


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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