24 Feb Wed, 1st Week of Lent

2/23/2021 5:47:42 PM
Jona 3:1-10 / Ps. 50:3-4,12-13,18-19 / Lk. 11:29-32 (Ps Wk I)

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This was the second time God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and this time Jonah reluctantly obeyed. Jonah warned the people of Nineveh to repent. The people believed God, and they proclaimed a fast and everyone put on sackcloth.

Note that it was the people of Nineveh who first obeyed and proclaimed the fast. Then the king followed the people and dressed in sackcloth and sat in ashes. No one was to eat or drink, and everyone was called to repent. Because they repented, God did not punish them.

Earlier the crowd, in today's Gospel, had demanded a sign from Jesus. Jesus condemned that request by calling them wicked and saying that only the sign of Jonah would be given. What was that sign? The three days Jesus spent in the tomb mirrored the three days Jonah spent in the belly of the fish, so it foreshadowed the resurrection. Jonah preached the judgement of God and the people of Nineveh repented.

Jesus also mentioned that the Queen of Sheba had gone to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Yet, Jesus was greater than Jonah or Solomon, and the people didn't realise it. If only they would listen - truly listen with their hearts - and repent of their evil ways. Let us truly open our hearts to hear what God is telling us today. Silence provides that opportunity.

Lord, help me to listen silently to You with an open heart and mind.       


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2月24日( 三 )   四旬期第一週


約納先知書 3:1-10
聖詠 51[50]:3-4,12-13,18-19
路加福音 11:29-32

有人習慣注視手指,而不喜歡瞧手指的方向。個人認為,徵兆也算是個標誌或記號,在提醒著發生了甚麼。就如情緒,因某人、某時、某事、某物激起心裏的波動,在傾訴著甚麼;又如在海中的冰山,人僅能看到它的一角,而看不到它水下的百分之八十。人在其中不明所以然,驚訝著、害怕著、掙扎著……。

約納和耶穌的到來,使當時的人明白徵兆意味著甚麼。然而,有人願意重生,接受了;有人因為害怕,而拒絕了。徵兆不是在審判。約納和耶穌,以自身訴說了徵兆的真諦 ── 愛。上主說:你們應全心歸向我,因為我是寬仁慈悲的。尼尼微王聽到了「便起來,離開自己的寶座,脫去長服,披上苦衣,坐在灰土中」,坦誠開放,告白自我:我主我天主!

上主,求祢念及祢的仁愛,因祢的仁愛由亙古以來就常存在。請祢不要容許仇人主宰我,求祢救我脫離一切禍災。


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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