23 Sep Thu, 25th Week in Ordinary Time St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

9/22/2021 6:29:02 PM
Hag. 1:1-8 / Ps. 149:1-2,3-4,5-6,9 / Lk. 9:7-9 (Ps Wk I)

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In 586 BC, Jerusalem fell. The Temple was destroyed. The Jews were exiled to Babylon (Iraq). About 50 years later (538 BC), Cyrus, the Persian king, allowed the Jews - to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple.

The Jews began rebuilding their Temple but were unable to complete it for various reasons. It was not until 520-516 BC (22 years later) that the Temple was restored. This is the context for the Haggai passage today.

What was significant, in the opening sentence, was that, during the "first day of the... month" (v 1), where there was a new moon and therefore was a holy day - "the word of the Lord was addressed through the prophet Haggai" (vs 1, 3). It was the first time ever, a prophet's voice was heard after their return from exile. A holy day was a good time to listen to what a prophet might have to say.

God rebuked the Jews for misplacing their priorities. Instead of rebuilding the Temple (v 2), which "lies in ruins" (v 4), their preoccupation was with their own houses. As a result, instead of enjoying God's abundant blessings, they became a people always in need. So, God said to them, "these people" (v 2, rather than 'My people'), "Reflect carefully how things have gone for you" (vs 5, 7).

Are there issues in our life that we need to address before God? Would ignoring them be disobedience to fulfilling God's will or dishonouring God? Are our priorities properly placed?

Lord, give us the courage to reflect carefully on how things have gone for us.  

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9月23日 ( 四 )常年期第二十五週 聖碧岳.庇特來司鐸

哈蓋先知書 1:1-8
聖詠 149:1-2,3-4,5-6,9
路加福音 9:7-9

面對耶穌,黑落德為甚麼會猶疑不定呢?也許是因為他的行為與耶穌所要求的不符,他怕自己的地位不保,也因此想「看看耶穌」。

他想見耶穌的目的,不是出於真誠的渴望,而是別有用心。這讓我們想到天主藉哈蓋先知對百姓所說的:「你們應細心考慮一下你們的行徑!你們播種的多,卻收割的少;你們吃,卻總吃不飽;你們喝,卻總喝不夠;你們穿衣,卻總不覺溫暖;賺了工資,無異是將工資投進了破囊。」

我們需要考慮自己的行徑是否符合天主的旨意,我們追求的若只是外在的物質生活,而缺乏內在與天主的關係,那我們所尋求的會產生內心的不安,我們對耶穌的認識也無異於緣木求魚。

主,教我們認清自己的行為是否祢所喜悅的?我們的渴望是否祢所期待的?

(theology.org.hk)
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