8 Nov Sun 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

11/7/2020 4:42:20 PM
Wis. 6:12-16 / Ps. 62:2-4,5-6,7-8 /1 Thess. 4:13-18 (or 13-14) / Mt. 25:1-13 (Ps Wk IV)

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If we use what the New Testament says about Jesus as a key to understanding the deepest meaning of the Old Testament, the reading from the Book of wisdom today will lead us to understand further aspects of the doctrine of Jesus as the incarnate Word of God.

In our regard, the word of God addresses us as many different things: commandments, promises, revelations, guidance. All of these different functions of the word of God can be subsumed, under the notion of God's creative and providential wisdom.

In its document on Revelation, The Second Vatican Council speaks of creation as an act of divine wisdom. Therefore, we may think of all the consequences of the creation, such as providence, the Incarnation of Jesus, our sanctification through the Holy Spirit, the love of God poured into our hearts [Rom 5:5] as further manifestations of the divine wisdom.

The passage from the Book of wisdom informs us that Wisdom "makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her": In the fullness of divine providence, it is Jesus who seeks those who are lost. The whole of Jesus' life on earth can be described as a search for all of us who are lost, (Lk 19: 10) and so make us worthy of him by saving us.

Lord Jesus, as God's wisdom, guide us to an ever-deeper relationship with You and with our Father in Heaven. 
  

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11月 8日( 日 )   常年期第三十二主日

智慧篇 6:13-17
聖詠 63[62]:2,3-4,5-6,7-8
得撒洛尼前書 4:13-18
瑪竇福音 25:1-13


如果我們以新約對耶穌的描述來開啟舊約最深層的意義,今天的智慧篇片段,會增進我們對耶穌是化成血肉的天主聖言這端教義的更多方面的理解。天主聖言對我們來說,是誡命、許諾、啟示,也是導航。天主聖言所發揮的全部功用,都可歸納到這個概念:天主創造和眷顧我們的智慧。梵蒂岡第二屆大公會議,在有關「啟示」的文件,提到創造是天主神性智慧的行動。所以,我們可以將因為創造而來的所有後果,例如:天主的眷顧、耶穌的降生、聖神的聖化、傾注在我們心中的愛(羅5:5),視為神聖智慧的進一步彰顯。

今天的智慧篇告訴我們:「智慧到處尋找配得上自己的人,她在路上親切地把自己顯示出來,很關心地迎接他們」。聖神眷顧的滿溢,就是耶穌親自來尋找。耶穌的一生可被形容為「是為尋找及拯救迷失了的人」(路19:10)。

主耶穌,天主的智慧,請引導我們與祢和天父,建立日益深厚的關係。


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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