7 Oct Thu, 27th Week in Ordinary Time. Our Lady of the Rosary

10/7/2021 8:32:04 AM
Acts 1:12-14 / (R. Ps.) Lk. 1:46-47,48-49,50-51,52-53,54-55 / Lk. 1:26-38 (Ps Wk III)

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The heart of the Annunciation is the identity of Jesus and the revelation of God's plan for the salvation of the world. It is our belief that Jesus' mission on earth is that of the suffering Messiah who surrendered Himself totally to the will of God.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to surrender ourselves wholeheartedly to God's will. Yet, we know this surrender will be accompanied by the presence of the Holy Spirit, who prompts us daily in our responses to the present reality. How do we respond to the Covid-19 pandemic? Is our faith in God's omnipresent care and love for us evident in our lives amidst such a pandemic?

By meditating on the Annunciation event, we get our energy from Mary's openness to God's will in her total 'Yes' to God's plan, followed by her corresponding out-reach to Elizabeth in the 'Visitation' account. Just like Mary, we want to respond to God's invitation to the various challenges we face at this time of our history. Is our relationship with God in resonance with our daily responses to the present situations?

Perhaps let our spiritual practices be a reflection of what is described in the first reading - a good example of communal prayer to discern how we can be obedient to God's will for us as individuals and as a community of believers.

Today the Church invites us to renew ourselves by discerning God's will in our daily lives. Mother Mary is a good example to imitate!

"Lord, grant us the spirit of discernment to know how to respond to God's will in our daily life."  

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10月7日 ( 四 )玫瑰聖母紀念日

宗徒大事錄 1:12-14
(詠)路加福音 1:46-47,48-49,50-51, 52-53,54-55
路加福音 1:26-38

慈母教會為今天的紀念日所特選的福音經文,是玫瑰經歡喜五端第一端的奧蹟:聖母領報。當中,聖母瑪利亞做了一個影響她一生的決定。面對一個她無法完全明瞭的奧蹟,她只能全然依賴對上主的信心,去作出這個決定,亦因而參與了天主的救贖工程。其實,不只瑪利亞,我們每一個人都同樣被邀請去參與這個救世工程,也不一定都能明白個中奧秘。這個時候,仿效瑪利亞的做法,相信天主所說的每一句話,接受祂的旨意,願祂的旨意承行,是我們可以做的。天主不會讓祂所愛的人不知所措,祂會顯示記號,引領我們一路走向祂。

除了莫大的信心外,瑪利亞也有一份對天主旨意開放的態度,因為僅有信心並不足夠。面對要求人作出改變的邀請,也需要一份充滿膽識的開放才能接受那未知的種種。瑪利亞相信主要給她恩寵,而她回報天主的是開放地把自己交於天主手中,隨祂措置。就這樣,奧妙的救恩工程得以展開。

主耶穌,請給予我們勇氣和信心,使我們能像祢的母親那樣,把自己完全交在祢手中。

(theology.org.hk)
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