6 Oct Tue -27th Week in Ordinary Time - St Bruno, priest

10/5/2020 5:50:16 PM
Gal. 1:13-24 /Ps. 138:1-3,13-14,15 /Lk. 10:38-42 (Ps Wk III)

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Just reading the Responsorial Psalm today, gives us the feeling of awe. God is the One Who has been with us from Day 1 'You created my being, knit me together in my mother's womb' (v 13). And more than the physical, “already You knew my soul' (v 14).

That's why the psalmist says, God 'searches', God 'knows', God 'discerns', God 'marks' i.e. 'winnowed/sifted' our innermost emotions and moral sensitivity (vv 1-3)  wherever we are, whatever we do, 'all my ways lie open to You' (v 3). But where and how can we ever hide from God?! (Ps 139:7-8).

It is comforting to know that God knows our sinful self and yet he is ready to forgive us. This can move us to express our gratefulness to Him 'I thank You for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all Your creation' (v 14).

St Paul openly confessed, in his letter to the Galatians, that he was 'merciless in persecuting the Church of God' (v 13); the 'damage' he did (v 14); and then acknowledged that while I was still in my mother's womb God had specially chosen me called me through His grace and chose to reveal His Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News (vv 15-16).

Knowing that God knows all that he had done must have been very liberating for St Paul. He didn't need to hide his sins. God's grace overtook his sins!

Lord, let us rejoice in Your deep and profound knowledge of us. 
    
  

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10月6日( 二 )   常年期第二十七週

迦拉達書 1:13-24
聖詠 139[138]:1-3,13-14,14-15
路加福音 10:38-42

瑪爾大和瑪利亞在路加筆下,呈現出兩個十分不一樣的形象:忙碌操心和專注聆聽;很容易會讓人把這兩個同樣愛主耶穌的形象對立起來。不過,如果慢慢地從第38節去默觀這段福音,會發現瑪爾大是那位「把耶穌接到家中」深愛著主耶穌的人。瑪利亞的選擇是耶穌到來後,便坐在祂腳前聆聽。侍奉主耶穌是教友喜愛的責任,注視主耶穌也是跟隨主的人所嚮往的。兩者之間並無對立,而是相輔相成。如何能使信仰動中有靜的內涵,靜中有動的活潑,便需要一份在行動中默觀的覺察。

默觀是凝視主耶穌,它加深我們和主耶穌的關係,藉著行動活出主的召叫使信友成為主基督的見證。在行動中保持聆聽的態度,時時刻刻讓主的話語作為行動的指引,在靜聽主的聲音時留意如何把主的愛活出來,使天主的渴望成為自己的渴望且將之實行。這樣,行動和默觀成了兩種攜手並肩的態度讓人更接近主。


主耶穌,求祢讓我們在行動中時時保持默觀的平衡,好使我們能更好地跟隨祢。


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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