23 Oct Sat, 29th Week in Ordinary Time

10/22/2021 5:04:50 PM
Rom. 8:1-11 / Ps. 23:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Lk. 13:1-9 (Ps Wk I)

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According to scholars, the context of Psalm 24 is that of the occasion when the Ark was brought up to Mt Zion, and into the temple in Jerusalem. Thus, the psalmist asks, "Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?" (v 3). The answer? Those with "clean hands and a pure heart; and those who desire not worthless things (v 4). These kinds of people are those with just actions, holy dispositions, and discerning God's ways.The psalmist says they are worthy to climb "the mountain of the Lord" and "to stand in His holy place."

By this time, we may think we will never be worthy enough to climb this "mountain of the Lord"; we will never be good enough "to stand in His holy place" - we will never be in God's sanctuary, God's presence.

Before we lose hope, let me share with you "a mountain experience." At a retreat, I had a vision of a very huge and high mountain. Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Climb it." The mountain was so high that at the tip of it was snow. And there I was, at the bottom, just a tiny human figure. As I paused and looked at the mountain, wondering how I shall climb it, two hands appeared in the sky. And coming down to me, released from these hands, were white hosts. Then the voice said, "Eat it. You'll need it for the journey."

Be encouraged - God will help us climb "the mountain of the Lord" and "stand in His holy place" as we seek God, as we seek the face of God.

Lord, ever empower us with Your living Spirit!  

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10月23日 ( 六 )常年期第二十九週

羅馬書 8:1-11
聖詠 24[23]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 13:1-9

耶穌說:「如果你們不悔改,你們都要同樣喪亡。」同哪些人一樣喪亡?就是生活在罪惡中,隨肉性的切望而生活的人。「因為隨肉性的切望,是與天主為敵,決不服從,也決不能服從天主的法律;凡隨從肉性的人,決不能得天主的歡心」(羅8:7-8)。所以,我們務要隨從聖神的引導生活,因為「隨聖神的切望,導入生命與平安」(羅8:6b)。「如果那使耶穌從死者中復活者的聖神住在你們內,那麼,那使基督從死者中復活的,也必要藉那住在你們內的聖神,使你們有死的身體復活」(羅8:11)。

耶穌告訴我們:悔改是得救的基礎;保祿告訴我們:聖神在人悔改的過程的重要性。有聖神的助佑,我們的生命才能復甦,綻放屬神的光芒。

天主聖神,願我們都能隨從祢的引導生活,不斷悔改,得天主的歡心,享豐盛的生命。

(theology.org.hk)
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