6 Nov Fri 31st Week in Ordinary Time

11/6/2020 12:42:48 PM
Phil. 3:17--4:1 /Ps. 121:1-2,3-5 /Lk. 16:1-8 (Ps Wk III)

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What do we regularly experience when we go on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, YouTube)? Many of these captured moments have recurring themes of people presenting what they ate, where they went, what they did, etc., - relating to their food, their fun and at times, their frivolous activities.

Furthermore, the world is incrementally normalising what once we regarded as immoral, and being deluded into new ways of thinking and behaving that dehumanises us, e.g. homosexual relationships, same-sex marriage, abortion, euthanasia.

As we read St Paul's epistle to the Philippians, let us ask ourselves a few questions - Are we "behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ"? Do we "make foods" into our "god"? Are we "proudest of something" we "ought to think shameful"?

Do the "things" we "think important are earthly things"? (v 19).

What is our "rule of life" (v 17)? How do we live? What is our lifestyle? When others are with us, would they like to take us as their models (v 17)? If we think we are living sinfully, what have we been saying and doing to justify this lifestyle? Do our addictions reveal our deep loneliness, isolation, and escapism?

Lord, today, help me ponder and reflect truthfully how I am living my life to praise, reverence and serve You. 
    

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11月 6日( 五 )   常年期第三十一週

斐理伯書 3:17 – 4:1
聖詠 122[121]:1-2,3-4,4-5
路加福音 16:1-8


不少聖經學者認為今天耶穌好像要讚賞比喻中的「今世之子」的處事作風,而會讓人產生困惑。但作為祈禱材料,也許可以把重心放在耶穌在比喻中指出的幾個要素,以幫助作默觀祈禱的人,可以注意的地方。

主耶穌提到管家是因為揮霍了主人的財物,才導致被撤去管家的職務。之後,管家解決問題的方法,也是因為失職而導致。同樣,天主愛把萬物交給人來管理,然而,人是否有盡管理之責,或只是任意揮霍了天主的恩賜?這值得跟隨主的人好好反思。

耶穌明確地提到今世之子和光明之子,在應付自己的世代時,有著不同的態度和方法。為今天的祈禱,也許是一個很好的邀請,讓我們和主耶穌交談,看祂對我們每一位的渴望是甚麼?看自己在面對世俗的事務時,是以今世之子還是光明之子的態度來應付?

主耶穌,感謝祢不斷在我們的日常生活中給予我們指引。求祢幫助我們能分辨祢的旨意,並予以承行。


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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