28 Feb Sun, 2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

2/26/2021 4:15:09 PM
Gen. 22:1-2,9,10-13,15-18 / Ps. 115:10,15,16-17,18-19 / Rom. 8:31-34 / Mk. 9:2-10 (Ps Wk II)

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Some time ago, Jesus had spoken to his disciples about his suffering and death. At that time, Peter had remonstrated Jesus, but Jesus strongly rebuked him.

Now, as Peter journeys up the mountain with Jesus, many questions could have been running through his mind. "Why did Jesus speak about his death?" "If it is true, then what is the use of following Jesus? After all, he's going to die."

Later, at the top of the mountain, Peter receives an amazing insight. He sees Jesus transformed and catches a glimpse of the anticipated glory of the Risen Lord. He also hears the voice of God who reminds him: "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him!" The experience makes him realise that the suffering and death of Jesus was in accordance with God's will. It was not what humanity wanted Jesus to do, but what Jesus wanted to do for humanity.

As we journey into another Season of Lent, it seems as though we are struggling with the same weaknesses and sins as we did last year. "So, why celebrate another Lent?" "What is the purpose of fasting, giving alms and praying?" "After all, nothing changes."

In reality, Lent is not about how successful we are in giving up things for God - be it food, drink, pleasure and so on. It is not about what we can or want to do for God but what God can and wants to do for us. God wishes to reveal more intimately His love and mercy to us during this special time.

Lord, let Your will, not mine, be done. 


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2月28日( 日 )  四旬期第二主日


創世紀 22:1-2,9,10-13,15-18
聖詠 116[114,115]:9,10,15-19
羅馬書 8:31-34
馬爾谷福音 9:2-10

耶穌帶著三個心愛的宗徒踏上一段出人意表的旅程。伯多祿、雅各伯和若望可能只是以為師傅要到山上祈禱,於是跟隨著愛他們的師傅上山,心情可能是挺興奮的,甚至有點兒雀躍,因為,畢竟師傅只選了他們三人同行。一路上耶穌也許跟他們有說有笑,甚至解答他們的疑難;而他們也許沒有想過將要發生甚麼,沒有想過會有甚麼驚喜。

縱使耶穌知道門徒尚有許多事情未能明白,卻沒有阻礙祂顯露自己的身分。祂愛他們,希望他們認識祂的身分和使命。祂也知道門徒愛祂,渴望跟隨祂。正是這份愛,驅使耶穌向門徒展現自己天主子的身分;也是這份愛,讓祂對門徒滿懷信心;更是這份愛,門徒能聽到天主的聲音:「這是我的愛子,你們要聽從他!」,從而接納耶穌的使命,即使他們尚未能明白。

主耶穌,求祢教我時常懷念祢對我的愛,能夠聽到並能分辨祢在生活中出人意表的顯露。


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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