23 Jan Sat, 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

1/22/2021 4:16:12 PM
Heb. 9:2-3,11-14 / Ps. 46:2-3,6-7,8-9 / Mk. 3:20-21 (Ps Wk II)

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What can we learn today from Hebrews? Historically, the tent (tabernacle) was built under Moses (following God's command - Exodus 40). And annually, it was the High Priest's duty to enter the most holy place in the tent ("Holy of Holies"- second compartment), to offer blood from goats and bull calves - for the atonement of sins of the people (Lev 16).

However, Hebrews says, "But NOW Christ has come, as the high priest" (v 11) and "entered the sanctuary" (Holy of Holies - not made by human hands), "once and for all...taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but His own blood" (v 12) - the blood of the Son of God! In that one act, on the Cross, the annual atonement for our sins became no longer necessary. His voluntary death on the cross offered "through the eternal spirit" was "the perfect sacrifice to God" (v 14). We are NOW redeemed eternally. Our inner self (conscience) is NOW purified, and our service is NOW sanctified.

How shall we serve God in 2021? Remembering what Christ has done for us, let us serve God with holiness, devotion, gratitude and joy. Let us serve God with a heart filled with worship. And let us serve God whole-heartedly!

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your "perfect sacrifice to God". Grant us daily, the willingness, courage, strength and sacrificial spirit, to do Your will, for the good of others, our country and our world. 
   


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1月23日( 六 )   常年期第二週

希伯來書 9:2-3,11-14
聖詠 47[46]:2-3,6-7,8-9
馬爾谷福音 3:20-21


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有一次,當鮑思高透露他的崇高理想:建立一個為青年服務的傳教與教學的修會時,他的兄弟以為他瘋了,想將他送進瘋人院,幸好鮑思高神父機智地逃脫了。同樣,當耶穌實踐其使命時,家人試圖阻止祂,眾人則說祂瘋了。但耶穌說:「誰奉行天主的旨意,他就是我的兄弟、姊妹和母親」。所以,若要成為耶穌的真親屬,別無他法,唯有承行天主的旨意。可是,這可能是召叫我們離開熟悉的地方、家人,或者要給他人分享自己擁有的寶貴東西,甚或修補與別人的破裂關係。我們要準備好,無論怎樣困難,只要辨別出是天主的旨意,就得勇往直前。分辨天主的旨意,可先分清是否以愛心作動力,以尊崇基督為依歸。若不在耶穌的愛內瘋狂,就易於在世俗的洪流中喪亡。
 
主耶穌,求祢教我們認識祢來到我們中間的使命,好能回應,參與其中,做一個如同祢一樣為救靈而瘋狂的使徒。


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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