25 Nov Wed 34th Week in Ordinary Time, St Catharine of Alexandria, virgin & martyr

11/25/2020 11:13:12 AM
Rev. 15:1-4 / Ps. 97:1,2-3,7-8,9 / Lk. 21:12-19 (Ps Wk II)

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Persecution and betrayal - no other promise of Jesus is as tangible as the Cross. But in this stark Gospel, there is a consolation far more profound than any false religion could promise, for what Jesus promises is no different from what He Himself underwent for our sake. We are promised a share in the destiny of Christ.

This destiny is not written in the horoscopic stars but in the providential care of the Father who will ensure that, no matter what persecution comes, we will not be harmed.

The destiny of Jesus was not determined by the cultivated and calculating wisdom of the world. It was moulded instead by the wisdom of God, which He Himself embodied since He was the Word of God become flesh.

For us, then, a share in the destiny of Jesus could mean an initiation into the whole mystery of Jesus Himself, where He gives us the words and the wisdom necessary to face the threat of the uncompromising world. In the light of this wisdom, patient endurance is not something passive, but an active constancy and fidelity to the Father, Son and Spirit who surround us with their care.

Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend myself and all I am.


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11月 25日( 三 )   常年期第三十四週

默示錄 15:1-4
聖詠 98[97]:1,2-3,7-8,9
路加福音 21:12-19


今世過的平安喜樂,來生與主共享永生!這樣的信仰生命是多麼的美好啊!可是,今天的福音和讀經為我們描述的是一個不一樣的今世來生。我們準備好了嗎?

因主的名而被?權迫害,因主的名而遭家人朋友出賣,因主的名而被眾人憎恨甚至殺害;真是由於信仰的緣故,天下人都有負於我?信仰一定是這般痛苦齷齪的嗎?

耶穌沒有否定會有這樣的信仰考驗。祂只是為信靠祂的人許下了「連一根頭髮都不會失落」的保障。默示錄的作者用神視的語言,描述了上主施展大能來庇護祂的子民。或許,我們可以推定的答案是:在信仰生命中,會有考驗和磨難。但是,上主的大能和保護遠遠超過任何的艱難險阻。

主,請增加我的信德和依恃之心,特別是當考驗試探來到時,請幫助我體會到祢的保護和指引。


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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