4 Nov Wed - 31st Week in Ordinary Time - St Charles Borromeo, bishop

11/3/2020 8:04:08 PM
Phil. 2:12-18 /Ps. 26:1,4,13-14 /Lk. 14:25-33 (Ps Wk III)

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God is always at work in us, and that should be a source of joy but also of 'fear and trembling.' God is so near and cares so much for our transformation and growth!

Paul encouraged his followers not to be concerned or upset over the behaviour they saw in the culture around them. Instead, they were to redouble their efforts at cooperating with the holy work that God was accomplishing in them. Every day is a delightful opportunity to grow and to know God more closely.

The Lord certainly does not call us to hate, especially family, friends, or our own life. The word 'hate' needs to be translated from the ancient Israelite culture to our own time. To 'hate' meant not to look at or have much regard for something or someone. In the context of discipleship, it simply meant that our relationship with the Lord and our commitment to follow in his footsteps had to be our absolute number one priority. We cannot let the opinions of others or the expectations of family and friends or even our own convenience and comfort distract us from that path of discipleship.

Jesus finished this teaching with a couple of parables about counting the cost. Are we really prepared for the demands of discipleship? We should not claim to be a disciple if we are not willing to do our best to make the necessary sacrifices. How willing are we to be inconvenienced for the sake of others or our religious commitment?

Lord, help me to be a faithful disciple. 
  

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11月 4日( 三 )   常年期第三十一週  聖嘉祿‧鮑榮茂(主教)

斐理伯書 2:12-18
聖詠 27[26]:1,4,13-14
路加福音 14:25-33


跟隨耶穌的路不是一條普通的路,更不是一條容易的路。耶穌以愛召叫我們去相信並跟隨祂。耶穌的愛是無條件的,可是跟隨這份愛而生活的人,卻要滿足一些條件。這不是耶穌的刁難,而是做祂門徒的自然代價,而這代價會帶來對耶穌真正的信賴和生命的自由。耶穌提到不論是誰,若不捨棄他的一切所有,不能做祂的門徒,可能會嚇跑一些人,因為當中涉及捨棄自己。

耶穌提到的幾個比喻,邀請我去認真思索「我」和「我的所有」── 只有我了解了這些,才能清楚地自願地去捨棄,從而跟隨祂。

可能有人會面對難以捨棄的自我和所擁有的一切,而難以下決心去捨棄。其實,我們更需要的或許不是一夜之間捨棄所有而無絲毫牽絆。耶穌或許更是在邀請我,去「留意」祂這些邀請的時刻。畢竟,基督徒本已是跟隨基督的人,但做耶穌的門徒,卻是一個需要不斷更新的過程。

主耶穌,請賜我恩寵,讓我不斷地在積極回應祢的邀請。


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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