5 Nov Thu 31st Week in Ordinary Time

11/4/2020 3:38:50 PM
Phil. 3:3-8 /Ps. 104:2-3,4-5,6-7 /Lk. 15:1-10 (Ps Wk III)

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Paul was very proud of his achievements as a Pharisee. He had lived well and been zealous in his dedication to God. Why did he then say he regarded it all as mere rubbish?

It seemed like rubbish only in comparison to what he had now experienced - his relationship with the Lord Jesus. Everything else pales in comparison. When we have encountered the Lord, many of the things in our previous life that gave us pride and pleasure seem to fade away. They were good, but what we now have is far better.

When we encounter Christ, that relationship becomes the most important thing in the world to us.

Why so much fuss over one coin or one sheep when there were many others? Jesus was making the point that we are one people and form one body. We cannot separate or exclude any part; we cannot exclude anyone from the community or God's love. We must patiently labour to 'find' them and bring them back. The Lord leaves no one behind; Jesus never gives up on anyone of that body, for it will no longer be whole. The flock of sheep was 100; 99 is no longer a flock. Likewise, we cannot exclude anyone from the community or from God's love. We must patiently labour to 'find' them and bring them back. The Lord leaves no one behind; Jesus never gives up on anyone.

Lord, help me reach out to those who are struggling. 
   

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11月 5日( 四 )   常年期第三十一週

斐理伯書 3:3-8
聖詠 105[104]:2-3,4-5,6-7
路加福音 5:1-10


天國之人內外兼修,並且以內修為首務。今天的兩篇讀經幫助我們超越外表而深入內在,在專注內在的同時,也不忽視對外在的重視。

在華語文化圈,人們都習慣了認同「魚與熊掌不可兼得」。若教友們生硬的把這個原則套入信仰生活,就誤以為內修和外顯是不可兼得的。似乎一個注重內修的人就不屑顧及外表;一個注重外表的人就無暇顧及內修。其實,我們不必太急於反駁這種看似過於簡單的二分法,因為在現實中,能夠內外兼修的人的確不多。

今天的兩篇讀經,都刻意的突顯了內修的重要。耶穌的比喻帶領我們超越外在的形式和規模。保祿的勸勉讓我們明白了在某些當下為加?內修而放棄外顯的必要。耶穌和保祿都沒有鼓動我們要二選其一,而是要知道做選擇的重要。

主,謝謝祢讓我明白了內外兼修的道理,求祢幫助我做出符合祢心意的選擇。


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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