27 Nov Fri 34th Week in Ordinary Time

11/26/2020 5:49:11 PM
Rev. 20:1-4,11-21:2 / Ps. 83:3,4,5-6,8 / Lk. 21:29-33 (Ps Wk II)

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Jesus' parable in today's Gospel passage teaches doctrine which Jesus elsewhere sums up as "reading the signs of the times" (cf. Matthew 16:2-3 and 24:3-31).

In fact, Matthew's chapter 24 deals entirely with this teaching. In convoking Vatican Council II, Pope John XXIII used this phrase as one of the motivations for calling the Council.

As a consequence, the phrase was instrumental in suggesting a renewal of theological method, a new way of doing theology. We must, of course, continue to read the Bible for inspiration, since it is the word of God, but Jesus taught us to look at the world, society, humanity.

The Alleluia verse today, in different words, repeats the call: "Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand." When St Ignatius had his great spiritual experience in which he came to a greater understanding of the Trinity, he was not in a Church; he was sitting on a riverbank looking down at the river itself. This is a great symbol. To deepen our understanding of our faith, we must raise our eyes to heaven and at the same time look down at the world.

Holy Spirit, give us the wisdom to be able to read the signs of the times and the face of the world and so be more attentive to Your enlightenment. 


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11月 27日( 五 )   常年期第三十四週

默示錄 20:1-4,11 – 21:2
聖詠 84[83]:3,4,5-6,8
路加福音 21:29-33


禮儀年到了終結前的兩天,選經充滿了「結局」的氣味:福音選經略去描述「這些事」和「一切事」的上文(21:8-28),其中包括了與下文相呼應的勸諭:你們要憑著堅忍,保全你們的靈魂(21:19)── 你們應當時時醒寤祈禱......能立於人子之前(21:36)。默示錄預告的也是同一個訊息,那保全了靈魂,時時醒寤祈禱而能在最後立於人子前的,正是那些活了過來,同基督一起為王,要坐在寶座上,獲得審判權柄的、曾為給耶穌作證,為天主的話而被斬首的人的靈魂。第二次死亡,即被投入火坑,沒有他們的份兒,因為那是給沒有記載在生命冊上的。

聖經開端的創世紀,以天主按次序造了光、天、地而展開整個救恩史,到了聖經末端的默示錄,這先前被創造卻隨後出現了罪惡以致死亡的舊有天和地都要從祂面前消失,一個新天新地,不再有罪惡死亡的新創造將要取而代之,成為與夫君相配的純潔新娘。

有說要將參與的每一台彌撒視作最後的一台,假想兩天之後就是世界(或生命)的終結,我的準備已足夠嗎?


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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