31 Aug Mon - 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

8/30/2020 5:19:08 PM
1 Cor. 2:1-5 / Ps. 118:97,98,99,100,101,102 / Lk. 4:16-30 (Ps Wk II)

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Our faith is not something that can be sold by fancy speech, cleverness, or the latest media or technology fads. And it is undoubtedly not something that can be scientifically proven - or disproven.

Many are disturbed by the number of books and films that "disprove" the Christian faith - or even deny God. But the message of Jesus has never appealed to those who are immersed in the ways of the world. It can only be accepted and understood with humility and surrender to the power of God.

Christ crucified is a symbol of surrender and the emptying of self for the sake of love and service. And this "weakness" in the eyes of the world is an opening for God to work miracles. The only way we can ever promote our faith is by living a life of compassion, justice, and holiness. That is the wisdom of God.

We all have our expectations and ideas about God, but God has a way of surprising us. Jesus shocked people by proclaiming a year for the Lord's favour. No vengeance, no punishment - just healing, freedom, and new life - especially to the poor and afflicted.

God speaks to us through those around us and our experience. Jesus expressed this in His ministry; let us express it in our lives.

Lord, open my mind and heart to serve You wholeheartedly in Your people.
     

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8月31日( 一 )   常年期第二十二週

格林多前書 2:1-5
聖詠 119[118]:97,98,99,100,101,102
路加福音 4:16-30

「你們剛才聽過的這段聖經,今天應驗了。」一位聖經學者提議,這是耶穌最短的一篇講道詞!隨著,路加續載:「眾人都稱讚他,驚奇他口中所說的動聽的話」。幾乎可以設定,耶穌口中動聽的話,就是這篇「最短講道詞」的解釋。

耶穌故意將依撒意亞先知的預言貼在自己身上:耶穌就是預言中的受苦之僕,祂是為全人類而受苦的上主的僕人:「就如人子來不是受服事,而是服事人,並交出自己的生命,為大眾作贖價」(瑪20:28)。

默觀福音中的耶穌,幫助我們更深入明白,依撒意亞的話,怎樣在耶穌身上應驗了。而且,我們亦會明白到,如果沒有堅定不移的愛,如果不是滿懷愛意地去盼望,很難真正服事天主而又服事人。讓我們在每台感恩祭中,在吸取了聖言的培育和聖體的滋養之後,都能充滿力量離開聖堂,透過在日常生活的守望相助來服事天主。

主耶穌,教我們像祢,懷著堅定不移的愛德去服事和盼望。


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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