9 Oct Fri - 27th Week in Ordinary Time

10/9/2020 8:34:16 AM
Gal. 3:7-14 /Ps. 110:1-2,3-4,5-6 /Lk. 11:15-26 (Ps Wk III)

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What are the obstacles to the fuller coming of God's Kingdom into our world? Frequently they are summarized as 'the world, the flesh and the devil.' 'The world' stands for external cultural attitudes militating against living for God and others, such as secularism, individualism, materialism. 'The flesh' stands for internal personal dividedness inhibiting our free response to the Spirit, such as the capital sins of pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, lust. And 'the devil' is, well, the devil, Satan. A formidable triad!

Today's Gospel focuses on the third member of the triad, Satan. Jesus and his culture acknowledge the existence of preternatural forces ” the devil ” that work mightily against God's Kingdom. Indeed, the Gospels spend considerable time showing that Jesus's power as God's messiah is not limited or threatened by the power of Satan. Whatever current debates go on in our post-modern age concerning the existence or non-existence of demons, the Gospels assure us that the power of Jesus is always superior to the power of Satan.

We have been saved from domination by evil ” from whatever source ” by the death and resurrection of Jesus. What comfort it is to know that the presence of Christ in us is stronger than any power of evil that may assail us, whether from 'the world, the flesh or the devil.' This is Good News.

Indeed, through Christ Jesus, the blessing bestowed on Abraham might include all. And through faith, we might receive the promised Spirit (Gal 3:14).

The Lord remembers His covenant forever. 
       
  

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10月9日( 五 )   常年期第二十七週

迦拉達書 3:7-14
聖詠 111[110]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 11:15-26

大多數人都不喜歡受規矩束縛,但如果人的生活沒有規矩作為規範,人會不知所措,無所適從;這是一個矛盾現象。事實,有人的社會就有法律。猶太人的法律有六百多條,耶穌卻說法律只有兩條:「全心、全靈、全力、全意愛上主;並愛近人如你自己」(路10:27-28)。

法律有它的價值,它提供一個方便人分辨對錯的準則。由於大部分人都需要遵守這些準則,所以法律規範了生活。如果人過分看重法律的表面字眼,而忽略法律背後的精神或意義,這樣,法律不但不能助人成長,更會成為絆腳石。

保祿宗徒在迦拉達書提醒信眾的,就是這一點:不是法律使人成全,而是法律背後的天主。此乃耶穌「愛主愛人」這兩條法律所強調的。耶穌曾說過,祂來不是為廢除法律,而是為成全(瑪5:17)。在愛主愛人的原則下,我們每一個人都有責任去反省規矩條文背後的精神,解讀時代徵兆,以適合時宜的舉措答覆社會的問題和需要。


天父,求祢賜給我們守法的智慧,好明智地自由地,活出愛主愛人的精神。


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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