9 Oct Sat, 27th Week in Ordinary Time

10/8/2021 7:30:01 PM
Joel 4:12-21 / Ps. 96:1-2,5-6,11-12 / Lk. 11:27-28 (Ps Wk III)

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The passage in the first reading is part of the Jewish communal prayer of that period. Through it, the people are assured that the sufferings undergone by them will come to an end. God has promised them a future restoration. Soon, new blessings will pour forth on the people and the land. At this point, the prayer also invokes God's action on the enemies of Israel. God will assemble all these nations for judgement at the "Valley of Jehoshaphat", a term connected with the Hebrew phrase "Yahwah judges". Here, the image used for God's judgement comes in the form of a battle. The terms associated with the harvest, such as "put the sickle in" and "come and tread", are used to identify the fierce battle to be waged by God against the enemies of Israel.

Closely linked to this is the idea of the imminent day of the Lord, when the Lord "roars from Zion" and "makes his voice heard from Jerusalem". In this way, God assures the people that their ultimate security lies in knowing that the Lord is "your God". His promises will be restored on Israel on the day of His coming. With the coming of Jesus, God's promise to Israel has indeed come to fulfilment. When a woman in the crowd cries out her admiration for Jesus' deeds and wisdom by praising the mother who had brought him into the world, Jesus reminds her that true blessedness comes from hearing the Word of God and in keeping it. Ultimately, our blessings and security come not from human sources but God Himself.

Lord, help me depend on You alone.  

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10月9日 ( 六 ) 常年期第二十七週

岳厄爾先知書 4:12-21
聖詠 97[96]:1-2,5-6,11-12
路加福音 11:27-28

「那聽天主的話而遵行的人,更是有福的!」這是主耶穌對一位婦女的回應,因為她認為瑪利亞身為耶穌的母親而有福。主耶穌說的話指出我們和天主的關係更重要,超越我們其他的人際關係,包括和父母的密切關係。

耶穌的門徒們也藉著耶穌的教導而聽到了天主的話,而遵行了。這樣,教會團體就出現了,耶穌的教導和精神就藉著教會延續到各個時代,天主的恩寵也與教會同在。所以,聽天主的話,就是在教會內,和其他團體成員一起,聆聽天主藉著耶穌給世人的教導,以及覺察天主聖神在此時此地對教會的光照和引導。教會藉著聆聽和辨別,尋找天主在此時此地想對人說的話。天主常常藉著教會發言,可是,不容忽略的是,教會常與世界同流合污,沒有聽到天主的聲音。例如教會在北美參與當地政府的強迫原住民接受同化教育,嚴重影響原住民文化和生活型態,這顯然是錯誤政策。所以,教會要時刻反省,常常悔改,並要為受壓迫者發聲。

主耶穌,請幫助我聽到天主的話而遵行。

(theology.org.hk)
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