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每日聖言 (Traditional Chinese)

每日聖言 (Traditional Chinese) (331)

新的一年的開始,讓我們當前又一次擁有新的365天。
在這365天中,每一天都是與耶穌相遇的好時機,
祂的話是推動我們更新生活的引擎,
並在我們所處的環境中成為希望的標記。
我們隨同教會每天與天主相遇,
借誦讀,聆聽和反省聖言,
使我們由內心領悟聖言的奧妙,
感受天主的臨在。
相信這將促使我們以生活為耶穌作見證。
這是我們身為基督徒的榮幸職責!
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每日圣言 (Simplified Chinese)

每日圣言 (Simplified Chinese) (335)

新的一年的开始,让我们又一次拥有新的365天。
在这365天中,每一天都是与耶稣相遇的好时机,
祂的话是推动我们更新生活的引擎,
并在我们所处的环境中成为希望的标记。
我们随同教会每天与天主相遇,
借诵读、聆听和反省圣言,
使我们由内心领悟圣言的奥妙,
感受天主的临在。
相信这将促使我们以生活为耶稣作见证。
这是我们身为基督徒的荣幸职责!
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:10

July 24, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 12:46-50 -
While Jesus was still talking to the people, his mother and his brothers wanted to speak to him and they waited outside. So someone said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are just outside; they want to speak with you.”

Jesus answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother.”

REFLECTION
“I saw the God that rejoices that he is our Father.  God rejoices that he is our Mother, and God rejoices that he is our true Spouse and that our soul is his beloved wife.  And Christ rejoices that he is our Brother, and Jesus rejoices that he is our Savior.  These are five high joys, as I understand in which he wishes that we rejoice, praising him, thanking him, loving him, endlessly blessing him.  This fair lovely word ‘mother; is so sweet and so kind in itself that it cannot truly be said of anyone not to anyone except of him [Jesus] and to him who is true Mother of life and of all.  Thus wrote Julian of Norwich, the 14th century English anchoress.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:38

July 23, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42 -
Some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” Jesus answered them, “An evil and unfaithful people want a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth.

“At the judgment, the people of Niniveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here there is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon.”

REFLECTION
The people of Jesus’ time were avid for ‘signs and wonders’.  Jesus is saying, “you are seeking a sign – I am God’s sign!”  These are words we need to hear again today.  Like Jesus’ contemporaries we look for signs and wonders:  moving or bleeding statues, rosaries turning to gold…!  But Jesus said that no sign would be given us but himself.  It must be that we are inventing these things out of our own imaginations!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:49

July 22, 2012

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34 -
The apostles returned and reported to Jesus all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, “Go off by yourselves to a remote place and have some rest.” For there were so many people coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a secluded area by themselves.

But people saw them leaving and many could guess where they were going. So, from all the towns they hurried there on foot, arriving ahead of them.

As Jesus went ashore he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began a long teaching session with them.

REFLECTION
Read
• Mark 6:30–34 After a mission, the disciples return and together with Jesus they withdraw from the crowds to rest.
Reflect:
• Jesus’ compassion extends from the people to his apostles and even to himself. Even in the important work of serving others, are we compassionate to ourselves by giving time for rest. Many get burnt out because they do not tap into the source of strength for all the service that we do.
Pray:
• Keeping a balance between action and contemplation is essential to a healthy spiritual life. Check your spiritual equilibrium.
Act:
• Take time to rest. Include in your rest some prayer. Do not try to do too much.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:47

July 21, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 12:14-21 -
The Pharisees went out and made plans to get rid of him. As Jesus was aware of the plot, he went away from that place.

Many people followed him and he cured all who were sick. Then he gave them strict orders not to make him known.
In this way Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled:
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him and he will announce my judgment to the nations.

“He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick. He will persist until justice is made victorious and in him all the nations will put their hope.”

REFLECTION
We need not think that legalism gives up easily.  It continually tries to make a comeback.  What is the difference between the Pharisees measuring our tithes of “mint, dill, and cumin” (Mt 23:23) and Catholics up to the 1960s weighing food by the ounce on fast days?  The difference is that we had no excuse.  We had been hearing the Gospel all our lives, and we knew that it was the Pharisees’ kind of religion that sent Jesus to death.    When he has spoken the truth, there is nothing else he can do.  Someone can shout at you, but understanding is a silent, subtle movement, like a bud opening in the mind.  At a certain point there is nothing to do but wait.  He gives us time to ripen

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:42

July 20, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8 -
It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, “Look at your disciples; they are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!”

Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and they ate the bread offered to God, although neither he nor his men had the right to eat it, but only the priests. And have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath rest, yet they are not guilty?
“I tell you, there is greater than the Temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: It is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.
“Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

REFLECTION
Mercy!  It could also be translated (as Luke does) as love.  In its original context in Hosea, it meant the tender love that God has for Israel, like the love a husband has for his young wife.  After Hosea, the word retained this meaning, and it must have been the meaning in Matthew’s mind as he quoted it so frequently.  It is in strong contrast with the harshness of the Pharisees.  No doubt other phrases from Hosea often ran through his mind:  I will betroth you to myself forever, betroth you with integrity and justice, with tenderness and love. (Hosea 2:19)

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:38

July 19, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30 -
Jesus spoke thus, “Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.”

REFLECTION
“My yoke is easy and my burden light.”  It is easy because it frees people from ‘the yoke of slavery’.  It is not that there is no burden, but as a Rabbi put it, “My burden has become my song.”  (He is no weight, he is my brother.)  Countless Christians through the ages have borne heavy burdens but the chief characteristic of a Christian remains joy.

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Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00

July 18, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27
 - On one occasion Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.

“Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

REFLECTION :
The learned and the clever always have so much to say!  I was once at a conference, the theme of which was “Enabling the Laity.”  The platform was shared by a priest and a layman.  The priest spoke first, and the first thing he said was that he had a lot to say, and that he would need most of the available time.  This he did, leaving the layman only fifteen minutes to rush through a mere fraction of his carefully prepared talk.  Enabling the laity!  That priest gave us a perfect example of how to disable the laity.  How wonderful if there were an outbreak of silence in the Church!

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Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00

July 17, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24
 - Jesus began to denounce the cities in which he had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, “Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

REFLECTION
Picking ears of standing corn was not what the Pharisees had objected to, but the fact that it was done on the Sabbath. They considered this simple act of plucking a few heads of corn as a five-fold breach of the Law: reaping, threshing, winnowing, bearing a burden and preparing a meal! In a Zen monastery I once saw a piece of calligraphy that said, “If you break the law you will never attain freedom.” Grim, but true, I thought. Then, underneath I saw written, “If you keep the law you will never attain freedom.”

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Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00

July 16, 2012

Gospel: Matthew 10:34—11:1
 - Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother; a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one’s own family.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded.”

When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.

REFLECTION :
 This is one of those “terrible” passages of the New Testament.  Why is the Prince of Peace telling us that he has not come to bring peace but the sword?  Clearly, there are wrong kinds of peace – or rather situations that look peaceful on the outside but are full of injustice within.  The Prince of Peace has not come to bless violence and oppression that have been so successful that the poor have no resistance left.  There are people who crush life all around them and call it restoring peace.  Look at public bodies and at business companies, certainly, but do not forget to look at your own family too!  Why are your wife and children so quiet?  Are they sinking into despair?  Or have you a way of making your husband feel so bad that everything he might do or say is condemned even before he says or does it?

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Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00

July 15, 2012

Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
 - Jesus called the Twelve to him and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And he ordered them to take nothing for the journey except a staff; no food, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals and were not to take an extra tunic.

And he added, “In whatever house you are welcomed, stay there until you leave the place. If any place doesn’t receive you and the people refuse to listen to you, leave after shaking the dust off your feet. It will be a testimony against them.”
So they set out to proclaim that this was the time to repent. They drove out many demons and healed many sick people by anointing them.

REFLECTION
Read
• Mark 6:7–13 Jesus sends out the Twelve to continue his mission with specific instructions. They were able to do it with authority.
Reflect:
• Going to mission entails a lot of insecurity. The worst that can happen is to be rejected, even persecuted. But we have the greatest security in the fact that it is Jesus who commissioned us. What is your attitude towards the mission?
Pray:
• Remember the missionaries who offered their lives for the mission especially those assigned in difficult places.
Act:
• Are you involved in some form of ministry or apostolate? If not, try to volunteer to where God is sending you.

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