23 Oct Fri - 29th Week in Ordinary Time - St John of Capestrano, priest

10/22/2020 6:28:24 PM
Eph. 4:1-6 / Ps. 23:1-2,3-4,5-6 /Lk. 12:54-59 (Ps Wk I)

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The focus in today-s readings is about signs. In the first reading, the writer of the Letter to the Ephesians encourages the readers to lead lives worthy of their Christian calling. He names several virtues which they should practice. Among these is that of the unity of the Spirit, which is linked to the Christian calling, namely one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. The sign of oneness is something every Christian has to recognize and live in their lives.

In the Gospel, Jesus uses several signs to give his disciples a glimpse of the culmination of his mission and the return of the Son of Man at the time of judgement. Jesus- use of signs is clear. Anyone who can see the clouds or feel the wind can surely see the signs of the times. Only a hypocrite would blind him or herself to the evident signs of the Kingdom. In trying to fool others, a hypocrite fools himself or herself.

The signs of God-s presence, power and warnings are all around us. He continually reveals Himself to us in ordinary and extraordinary ways; He calls us to unity and to be ready for the return of the Son of Man. There is still time for a decision, but do not delay for too long. Let us not fool ourselves and others. It is better to be ready when judgement day comes.

Lord, help me recognise the signs of the times. 
   
  

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10月23日( 五 )   常年期第二十九週

厄弗所書 4:1-6
聖詠 24[23]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 12:54-59

觀察氣候的變化需要氣象學的知識及生活經驗,今世之子懂得用科學分辨氣候變化,在信仰方面卻缺乏分辨能力。也許,氣候變化對於我們的生活有直接影響,而備受關注;只可惜,更直接地,或更好地說,真正與生命攸關的信仰,卻遭人漠視。道德範疇的分辨與認知,需要哲學上的思考與反省。信仰就需要神學方面的知識,同時需要天主的啟示。這樣,我們才能略略懂得分辨時代的徵兆,度醒寤、正直的生活。正直的生活離不開正確的良心指引,否則會被誤導,與天主愈來愈遠。正確的良心離不開我們對真理的追求和對天主熱忱的信仰,否則分辨便缺乏客觀性。如同聖保祿告訴我們的:「你們不可與此世同化,反而應以更新的心思變化自己,為使你們能辨別什麼是天主的旨意,什麼是善事,什麼是悅樂天主的事,什麼是成全的事」(羅12:2)。


天主,求祢恩賜我們智慧,懂得分辨甚麼是祢的旨意,並樂於順從。


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