25 Sep Sat, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

9/24/2021 3:27:30 PM
Zec. 2:5-9,14-15 / (R. Ps.) Jer. 31:10,11-12,13 / Lk. 9:43-45 (Ps Wk I)

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It is hard for human beings to fathom the mind and plans of God. Zephaniah has a vision where he sees a young man measuring the breadth and length of Jerusalem to build walls around the holy city. Then, a second angel appears to Zephaniah and tells him to inform the man to stop measuring the city. A wall built by human hands is not needed because God Himself will be a wall of fire around the city and the glory in the midst of her.

In order to understand the message in the vision, it has to be noted that at the time of Zephaniah, many political, social and religious changes were taking place in Jerusalem. Plans were being put forward for the city's improvement during the early years of the reign of King Josiah, who had inherited a kingdom where social injustices and idolatrous practices have taken place during the rule of former kings. While man-made plans are good, nothing can replace the rule of God over Jerusalem, for it is God who will provide for and guard the city.

Human beings' failure to understand the plan of God is also seen in the gospel passage. Although the people were full of admiration for what Jesus did, Jesus had to remind his disciples that over time, he will be put to death. Although they had been with him for some time, the disciples too fail to comprehend who Jesus really is and what he has to undergo to bring salvation to all humanity.

Lord, help me always know Your purposes.

Lord, help me to make You the top priority in my life.  

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9月25日 ( 六 ) 常年期第二十五週

匝加利亞先知書 2:5-9,14-15
(詠)耶肋米亞先知書 31:10,11-12,13
路加福音 9:43-45

「人子」是耶穌的自稱,在福音中共出了八十多次。「人子」在希伯來文,可作「人」的泛稱,也可用作「我」或「本人」的自稱。耶穌聲明人子來是為了服事人,並交出自己的性命,為大眾作贖價。

耶穌時代對默西亞期待的主流,指向一位現世的統治者,他將以武力從外邦的統治下解救以色列民;受苦的默西亞是不可思議的。

很多時候,我們像耶穌的門徒一樣,對祂或生活中所展現的苦難與死亡,不能了解,並且害怕,不願意去面對。尤其在面對所愛的人的苦難和死亡,會耿耿於懷。但有一種人,他們承認苦難死亡所帶來的悲痛,同時,偕同十字架上的耶穌向天父呼喊:「我的天主,我的天主,你為甚麼捨棄了我?……」(詠22);在訴說自身的悲痛中,信賴、頌讚、叩拜天主!

上主,祢沒有輕看或蔑視卑賤人的苦痛,也沒有向他掩起自己的面孔。我深信,我一呼號,祢即予俯聽。(參詠22:25)

(theology.org.hk)
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