23 Feb Tue, 1st Week of Lent

2/22/2021 5:44:09 PM
Is. 55:10-11 / Ps. 33:4-5,6-7,16-17,18-19 / Mt. 6:7-15 (Ps Wk I)

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Psalm 34 was written by David after his deliverance from a life-threatening situation (1 Samuel 21:10-15).

Sharing his joy of deliverance by the Lord, David urges the people of God to "Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise His name" (v 3). As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, let us remember that our deliverance from whatever, is never a personal matter - it is always communal, because we are the 'Body of Christ'.

In the Psalm, David was the "poor man (who) called" (v 6)... who "sought the Lord" (v 4). As a result, the Lord "heard" (v 6) and "answered" him (v 4) - and set him free "from all [his] terrors" (v 4) and "rescued him from all his distress" (v 6).

From this Psalm, let us be encouraged, that "the Lord turns His eyes to the just and His ears to their appeal" (v 15); that when "they call ... the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress" (v 17).

Globally, because of Covid-19, there are many and much losses and grief - loved ones, health, jobs, material security, self-confidence, self-dignity, self-identity, time, opportunities, etc. David consoles us and reminds us, that "the Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed He will save" (v 18).

Let us remember David's words - to "look towards God and be radiant", and let our "faces not be abashed (embarrassed and ashamed)" (v 15). God sees, God hears, God answers. Take heart!

Lord, come to my help, take pity on me and hear my prayer. 
      


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2月23日( 二 )   四旬期第一週


依撒意亞先知書 55:10-11
聖詠 34[33]:4-5,6-7,16-17,18-19
瑪竇福音 6:7-15

猶太人慣常選擇一些特別的地方作定時祈禱。他們會喜歡清靜的地方,一般會到房頂上去。有些熱心的猶太人甚至每天作七次面朝耶路撒冷的禱告。可見他們的日常生活,加插了很多祈禱的時刻。耶穌今天教門徒切勿因為要炫耀自己的虔誠而走到外邊去祈禱,反而要進入自己的內室。

「內室」可理解為心靈的深處。要進入這個「內室」,首先要學習靜下來,將心神收歛。然而,這種安謐寧靜,卻會令很多人感覺陌生。他們會說,每想這樣靜下來的時候,腦海裏便湧現很多雜念。我們無須以為這就是一次失敗的祈禱,因為只要是懷著忠誠走到主前,嘗試靜下,一切泛起的,都有天主的啟示:祂給我們啟示我們自己,一切泛起的雜念都屬於我們自己的一部分。恆常忠信地嘗試著在主前靜下來,是淨化的過程,將寧靜的心神優質化,「進入自己的內室」祈禱,就是吸取邁向更圓滿的生活的神秘力量。

主啊!求祢堅強我們常常渴望進入內室祈禱,與祢相聚的心志。


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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