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9/29/2020 8:13:24 PM
Job. 9:1-12,14-16 /Ps. 87:10-11,12-13,14-15 /Lk. 9:57-62 (Ps Wk II)

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Job wanted to argue with God. After all, he was innocent, so why should he suffer unjustly?

Perhaps we have wanted to argue with God at times. The fact that the world is a mess, and maybe even our own life, disturbs us and we want answers. But Job was overwhelmed at God's immensity, power, and awesomeness. God did not need to justify himself before humans, and in the end, Job had to trust in his deliverance. Answers only begin to come when we are patient and accepting of our experience and seek to understand spiritually.

To be a follower of Jesus is not a part-time activity and is not a matter of comfort or convenience. As he turned towards Jerusalem, he raised the standards of discipleship. Some made what seem to us reasonable requests, but he brushed them aside. The demands of family or custom were not to interfere, and those who thought it would be an easy life were encouraged to look elsewhere. Most of all, it was a lifetime commitment. Anyone starting the journey and turning back was not worthy of the kingdom of God. To us, it sounds rather harsh and uncompromising, but Jesus felt a particular urgency. Today the world that we face calls us to a similar sense of urgency.

Lord, give me the grace to be wholehearted in my discipleship. 
  
  

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9月30日( 三 )   常年期第二十六週    聖葉理諾 (司鐸、聖師)

約伯傳 9:1-12,14-16
聖詠 88[87]:10-11,12-13,14-15
路加福音 9:57-62

耶穌朝耶路撒冷走去,為大眾作贖價 ── 這是祂對天父絕對服從的終極考驗。此時,有三人前來,說要跟隨祂。但沒有一個明白做耶穌門徒的嚴格要求。

做耶穌的門徒只能一心一意,準備好向天主和天主的國投入碧血丹心,不惜作任何犧牲;一切要以天主的召喚為先,任何關係和職務都是次要。全心全意是完成人生重大使命的必要條件,更何況是在造就天國的工程!

每個抉擇或多或少都牽涉犧牲。抉擇愈大,犧牲往往就愈大。跟隨耶穌是最大的抉擇,當中要求的犧牲,宣示天主至高無上。關乎的,不單純是模仿,而是決定體驗並參與耶穌的生活方式、祂的使徒工作、祂的一切。僅僅以熱情跟隨耶穌是不夠的。關鍵是要決志跟隨,並作所需要的犧牲。做門徒需要準備好放棄塵世的安穩、家庭的職責、情意的依戀。這不是說破壞家庭關係,而是將它提升,超越這種關係,將它從忠於天主召叫的角度看待。

主,請給我締造一顆純潔慷慨之心。


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