29 Nov Sun 1st Sunday of Advent (B)

11/28/2020 10:01:47 AM
Is. 63:16-17; 64:1,3-8 / Ps. 79:2-3,15-16,18-19; /1 Cor. 1:3-9 / Mk. 13:33-37 (Ps Wk I)

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For all of human history, it seems that faced with the mystery of human existence and the mystery of God, humanity has unceasingly confronted God with questions. It is not surprising, then, to hear even a great prophet like Isaiah having recourse to questions: "Why do you let us wander from your ways and 'harden' our hearts so that we fear you not."

One approach is to distinguish clearly between "problems" and "mysteries": "problems" call for solutions, whereas "mysteries" draw us towards prayer and adoration. So, Isaiah prays God to tear open the heavens and be with us.

The Gospel writer, Mark, when he begins narrating the public life of Jesus, writes that "the heavens were being torn open" (Mk. 1:10). He was alluding to Isaiah's lament and implying that the coming of Jesus, accompanied by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, some five centuries after Isaiah's writing, is the surprising response to that ancient prayer.

When we now read Isaiah in our day, we recognise that we have been baptised into Jesus' body in the power of that same spirit. We also know that we are unfinished work. The clay threatens to 'harden' prematurely, and we need help to become more responsive to the potter's work - the Father's ongoing shaping of our lives.

Father in heaven, we thank You for tearing open the heavens and sending Your Son to us to guide our lives by the truth that sets us free. 
  


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11月 29日( 日 )   將臨期第一主日

依撒意亞先知書 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7
聖詠 80[79]:2-3,15-16,18-19
格林多前書 1:3-9
馬爾谷福音 13:33-37


面對天主的奧秘及我們自身存在的奧秘,人類自古以來,都不停地向天主發問。無怪乎,偉大如依撒意亞先知,都難免這般求問:「你為什麼讓我們離開你的道路?使我們的心變硬而不敬畏你?」

一個解決這個難題的方法,是分辨清楚甚麼是「問題」,甚麼是「奧秘」:問題叫我們尋找答案,而奧秘則吸引我們祈禱與欽崇。所以,依撒意亞祈求天主衝破諸天降下,與我們同在。

天父,感謝祢衝破諸天降下,給我們派遣了祢的聖子。祂以釋放我們,使我們獲得自由的真理引導我們生活。


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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