6 Jun Sat - 9th Week in Ordinary Time

6/5/2020 4:55:38 PM
2 Tim 4:1-8 /Ps 71(70):8-9, 14-17, 22 Mk 12:38-44 / (Ps Wk I)

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The first reading for today is the Apostle Paul's words to his fellow worker, Timothy (who had served closely with him). It was written by him from prison, very near the end of his life. He won the crown of martyrdom when he was beheaded in Rome. That was why he said, 'my life is already poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith' (2 Tim 4:6-7).

In his parting words to Timothy, he had urged him to 'proclaim the message'(and) make the preaching of the Good News your life's work' 2 Tim 4: 2, 5. Furthermore, Timothy is to 'refute falsehood, correct error, call to obe-dience' (v 2) ' be careful always to choose the right course; (and) be brave under trials (v 5).

What would it be like for us to say these words to another? Would our words encourage, strengthen, and edify them (build them up)? Would our words be believ-able because of how we have lived and are living our life?

Or are we unbelievable like the scribes in the Gospel, who like 'to be greeted obsequiously, take the front seats and the places of honour at banquets ' who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers' (Mt 12:38-40)?

Let us be like Paul, who, with a noble and generous heart, took the Word of God to himself and yielded a har-vest through his perseverance.

Lord, help us to be 'believable' people of God.


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6月6日( 六 )   常年期第九週

弟茂德後書 4:1-8
聖詠 71[70]:8-9,14-15,16-17,22
馬爾谷福音 12:38-44


主耶穌十分明確地教導祂的門徒為了愛天主應該有的生活態度。經師和寡婦不同的生活重心,形成了強烈的對比。經師的行徑是為了讓人們看到他們的「善行」,藉以獲得別人的注意。他們所關心的,是自己所得到的榮譽和讚賞。相對的,寡婦所行的奉獻,看似微不足道,卻更吸引了主的目光,因為她所關注的是天主。由此可知,主耶穌鼓勵祂的門徒,仿效這位寡婦,在自己的不足中,仍該全心投入對天主的愛。

這種在自己的匱乏仍能全然奉上的信心,實在不是一蹴而就的,但正也是主欣賞那位婦人的原因。放在依納爵靈修的脈絡,我們可以稱之為「愈顯主榮」。我們光榮天主不是在於我們能做多少,而是看我們是否能把自己所有的一切都放在天主的措施中,全然相信並積極地活出天主兒女的模樣。在今天的默觀祈禱,不妨和耶穌一起去看看個人的不足在哪裏,如何才能也把一切奉獻給無時或息地在照顧我們的天主。


主耶穌,求祢時時刻刻教導我們把生活的重心全都放在愛祢之上。


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