23 Nov Mon 34th Week in Ordinary Time, St Clement I, pope & martyr

11/23/2020 3:20:23 PM
Rev. 14:1-3,4-5 / Ps. 23:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Lk. 21:1-4 (Ps Wk II)

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There is a saying that goes, "What we do in this life echoes in eternity." Basically, what we do here on earth can be put into two categories, which is what we do for ourselves and what we do for others. Self-care and care for others are the two pillars of man as a social being. Think about the choices that we make in life and the helping hand that we extend to others.

The problem comes when self-centeredness creeps into our lives. When this happens, our pride swells up, and the ego takes over. Our 'wants' exceed our 'needs'. There is no time for others.

This is the current struggle of many today. We are blinded by self-centeredness. One wonders if ever there is time for God!

In the Gospel today, we see many people putting in their offering, which is given from what they can spare. The issue is not about how much they put in but on where their focus is, which is the security that money can offer them. Thus, their commitment to God's law comes after all that they have spent first.

Jesus, on the other hand, praises the widow who 'put in all she had to live on'. There was no self-centeredness here. There was only trust in God's providence for her care, and the charity given was for others.

Can we move from our self-centeredness to be like that widow?

Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me. 
   

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11月 23日( 一 )   常年期第三十四週

默示錄 14:1-3,4-5
聖詠 24[23]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 21:1-4


窮寡婦的奉獻是每個基督徒的奉獻典範。她奉獻了兩文錢。在當時,一文錢比一個德納的1%稍高一些;一個德納在耶穌時代是一個人一天的工資。雖然寡婦的錢不多,但對她來說卻是生活費的全部。她的奉獻表達了她對天主的全心信賴。她貧窮因為丈夫離世,她的生活沒有了保障,而且當時的婦女,根本沒有社會地位。由此可見,她把一切都奉獻了需要很大的信德。從人性的角度,我們不敢想像把一切都奉獻了是一種怎樣的生活。
耶穌稱讚窮寡婦,表示她的奉獻已被天主悅納,她真正的活出了:神貧的人是有福的!奉獻的真正價值就在於毫無保留地交付自己於天主;把多餘的拿出,不是奉獻,而是對天主的一種侮辱,因為我們一般都會把多餘的給乞丐。唯謙卑自己,我們才能把自己所擁有的,當成在天主前的小錢奉獻給祂;愈自認自己奉獻的卑微,愈為天主嘖嘖讚賞。

主,教我慷慨奉獻,不計付出。


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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