29 Oct Thu 30th Week in Ordinary Time

10/28/2020 3:11:41 PM
Eph. 6:10-20 / Ps. 143:1,2,9-10 / Lk. 13:31-35 (Ps Wk II)

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The Psalmist - in the Old Testament background of Israel's fight for survival against its enemies - blesses God for training his hands for battle and his fingers for war. In contrast, Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians turns such militaristic language into a metaphor to speak of the spiritual battle of the Christians "against the rulers of this world of darkness", where their weapons are truth and justice, and zeal to propagate the Gospel of peace.

Writing from prison, Paul strategizes this battle against 'the world of darkness' which can be applied to us even today! He asks the Ephesians and us to call on God for our strength and resist evil. He tells us that we are needed in the struggle for justice. The Gospel of peace will draw fire. Do not hide from the battles that surround us. Hold up our faith and stand firm. Above all, pray always.

Looking for a symbol of perseverance, Paul found it in the Roman soldier. The armour, helmet, sword, and breastplate of the warrior are transformed. Those who follow Christ are sheathed in his presence, so we are to hold fast and not draw our strength from weapons, but rather from the piercing and saving word of God. Our battle against the evil of the world is to be accompanied by prayer in the Spirit.

Lord God, in your grace and mercy, strengthen us by Your Spirit in our struggle against the evils that afflict our world. 
 

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10月29日( 四 )   常年期第三十週

厄弗所書 6:10-20
聖詠 144[143]:1,2,9-10
路加福音 13:31-35


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這邊廂,聖詠作者在舊約以色列民屢要出征跟敵人作戰的背景下,頌讚天主教他的手能鬥、指能戰。那邊廂,厄弗所書將窮兵黷武的軍事語言,化作一個隱喻:「對抗黑暗世界霸主」的屬靈戰爭。在這場戰役當中,我們所持的武器是真理和正義,以及宣揚和平福音的熱忱。在這場「對抗天界邪惡鬼神」的戰鬥當中,我們要「時時靠著聖神」,並要「以各種祈求和哀禱祈禱」。


主天主,在我們奮力抗衡磨難世界的邪惡勢力時,求祢憐惜,並給我們廣施慈恩,讓我們充滿祢聖神的力量。


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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