24 Jan Sun, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) - Sunday of the Word of God

1/23/2021 4:59:09 PM
Jona 3:1-5,10 / Ps. 24:4-5,6,7,8-9 / 1 Cor. 7:29-31 / Mk. 1:14-20 (Ps Wk III)

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In today's first reading, we hear God's second call to Jonah to go to Nineveh. This time he reluctantly obeyed.

Jonah was to warn the people of Nineveh, a vast city, to repent. The people believed God, and they fasted and wore sackcloth. Because they repented, God did not punish them.

Paul believed that Christ would be returning very soon, so he advised people of the Church in Corinth to change their way of living. Paul wanted the people to focus totally on the Lord and not be distracted by the affairs of everyday life. He was wholly convinced that Christ's return was imminent.

At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus proclaimed his message - a new time in history was beginning, and people should repent and believe because the kingdom of God had arrived.

Once he shared that message, Jesus set out to gather his disciples. They stopped work and followed. There was no hesitation for Simon, Andrew, James and John. They were eager to follow Jesus and be part of his mission for he promised to make them fishers of people.

How eager are we to be part of Jesus' mission?

Lord, grant me the faith and passion for sharing your message of hope and love with others. 
    


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1月24日( 日 )   常年期第三主日

約納先知書 3:1-5,10
聖詠 25[24]:4-5,6-7,8-9
格林多前書 7:29-31
馬爾谷福音 1:14-20

 
祈禱中耶穌走近我,說:「跟隨我吧!」我狠狠瞥了祂一眼,又回頭忙自己的工作。心想:「這是誰家的孩子呀?怎麼這麼不懂事,沒看到我在忙著嗎?我還有很多事要做,要完成。」突然意識到,生活中我有太多東西放不下,而耶穌會在我們的日常當中,走近我們,發出祂的邀請:跟隨我吧!又想到抓猴子的故事:在一個圈套上留個只可以讓猴子把手伸進去的孔,猴子伸進箱子抓誘餌時,它握起的拳頭卻沒法從孔中掙脫出來。

西滿和安德肋、雅各伯和若望聽到耶穌的召叫後,都把手頭上的事和人撇下,跟隨了主。放手談何容易!不放手的原因就是我願意把一切掌控在自己手中。放手就是冒險和挑戰。跟隨我!主的召叫不是放棄生活,而是放下自我的私慾私愛私利,度自由和愛的生活。
 
我們在天的父,願祢的名被尊為聖,願祢的國來臨,願祢的旨意承行於地,如在天上一樣。


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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