7 Oct Wed - 27th Week in Ordinary Time - Our Lady of the Rosary

10/6/2020 6:53:37 PM
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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Today's two readings remind us of the disposition a disciple of Jesus should have  one of total obedience and surrender to God's will.

This presupposes one has the faith that culminates in action like Mary. This is reflected in her immediate response to visit Elizabeth and offer services to her. She became a servant of the Lord by becoming a servant of those in need (Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater No: 37). Mary is a true and model disciple for us to imitate.

The journey of Mary's Yes helps us know and perhaps to practice the process of 'discernment keenly' to listen attentively to the Word of God, and in contemplation moves us to respond in action. This depends on our relationship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit, particularly in the context of Prayer.

This is seen in the first reading. The apostles gathered together to pray in the company of Mother Mary. There is communion. Thus, the Annunciation account reflects Mary as the symbol of humanity, welcoming God's Word.

Let us imitate Mary's example of faithful discipleship in word and action.

Mother Mary, thank you for your YES. Help us to see how your total self-surrender to God's will is the quality of a true disciple. Lord, grant us the grace to imitate Mary in her spirit of total abandonment to God's will in prayer and action. 
     
  

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10月7日( 三 )   玫瑰聖母紀念

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

今天的福音記述了聖母接受她成為耶穌母親這使命的過程。在這過程中,聖母有驚慌不安,有疑慮,也有無法完全理解天使的話。但她聆聽著,默默在心中思慮天使所傳達的訊息。最後,聖母說:「看!上主的婢女,願照你的話成就於我吧!」這話有力的顯示了聖母的慷慨,雖然她對未來一無所知,但她願意放下疑慮,選擇完全配合天主的旨意生活。這樣的一份慷慨是值得我們仿效的。也許,我們可以在今天的祈禱中,默想聖母的這份慷慨,並察看自己對她的慷慨回應有甚麼感覺?然後,也可以同聖母交談一下。

天使對瑪利亞說:「不要害怕」。也許,我們都會害怕,如喪失親人、工作職位、未來諸多的不確定性,等等。我們亦可以將自己的害怕跟天主一一訴說。然後,嘗試去聽天主的回應。

我們在天上的母親、聖母瑪利亞,請您為我們轉禱,好讓我們能夠效法您慷慨地承行天主的旨意。


DAILY READINGS

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