24 Jun Wed - THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

6/23/2020 3:22:27 PM
Is. 49:1-6 / Ps. 139(138):1-3,13-15 / Acts 13:22-26; Lk. 1:57-66,80 (Ps Wk IV)

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We have all been in the mind and heart of God long before we were born, perhaps even before we were conceived. God has hopes and dreams for each one of us, but as always, we are free to choose. John the Baptist was singled out in his mother’s womb to be a holy prophet of God and to bear witness to Jesus, the light to the nations. There is real joy and fulfilment in doing what God wants of us.

Following an Old Testament pattern, John the Baptist was born to a childless couple advanced in years. His father, Zechariah's faith, was tested — since he doubted, he was unable to speak until John was born. After he was given the name revealed by the angel instead of a family name, Zechariah's tongue was loosed, and all began to praise God. This was a sign that the child was special and marked out for great things. Perhaps our mission is not as dramatic as John's, but each of us has something special to offer the world. Each is called to touch people in specific ways. Let us listen to our deepest self for the words that God whis-pered into our soul before we were born.

Lord, reveal to me the ways I am called to serve. 
   

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6月24日( 三 )   聖若翰洗者誕辰節日

依撒意亞先知書 49:1-6
聖詠 139[138]:1-3,13-14,15
宗徒大事錄 13:22-26
路加福音 1:57-66,80

「這孩子將成為甚麼人物啊?」相信不少父母在孩子出生時,都會有這樣的驚歎。當全猶大山區的人,聽見為若翰起名那天所發生的奇妙大事,就更加自然地會發出這樣的驚歎,並將這事存在心中(路1:66)。在路加筆下,若翰顯然是「特別的」,因為他要成為默西亞的前驅,給全以色列宣講悔罪的洗禮。他更是首位給人指出耶穌就是要來的那一位;耶穌則說若翰是:「在婦女所生者中,沒有興起一位比洗者若翰更大的」(瑪11:11)。

為我,為今天的基督徒,這位備受耶穌舉揚的若翰到底是誰?我可從他身上學到些甚麼呢?當若翰在曠野宣講時,有很多人願意聽他,並接受他的洗禮。他說耶穌應該興盛,他卻應該衰微。若翰在曠野的苦身修行,他宣講的訊息,以至他的態度,對現代人來說,恐怕沒多大吸引力。也許,這是由於我們未能完全明白個中含義。是我們不夠謙虛,以致未能察覺自己的欠缺嗎?是我們高傲,以致不懂得欣賞已被寬恕和被救贖的大恩嗎?

主,請開啟我們的耳朵,聆聽若翰的訊息,請釋放我們的心靈,步武耶穌的足跡。


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