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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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Thursday, 18 October 2012 00:00

October 18, 2012

Gospel: Luke 10:1-9 -
The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.

“Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: ‘Peace to this house.’ If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house.

“When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.’”

REFLECTION
“There is a legend that Luke was a skilled painter…  Certainly he had an eye for vivid things.  It would not be far wrong to say that the third gospel is the best life of Christ ever written,” says a commentator.  Luke was a Gentile.  In fact the only non-Jewish writer in the New Testament.  It is also clear that he wrote mainly for Gentiles.  Luke’s gospel is especially the gospel of prayer:  he shows Jesus very often at prayer.  He gives a very special place to women.  It is above all a gospel of praise; he uses the expression “praising God” more often than all the others put together.  It was he who gave us those three great canticles:  the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the Nunc Dimittis.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00

October 17, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:42-46 -
Jesus said, “A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead which can hardly be seen; people don’t notice them and make themselves unclean by stepping on them.”

Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and said, “Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too.” And Jesus answered, “A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you yourselves don’t move a finger to help them.”

REFLECTION
In the absence of love, everything goes wrong.  This has always been the message of the world’s greatest teachers.  But love can be extremely arduous, and—like anger—hard to pitch right.  Too often when the word-package is opened, there is nothing in it, or there are foul substitutes:  lust, self-flattery, the will to power….  It must be the study and struggle of a lifetime to learn how to love.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:00

October 16, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:37-41 -
As Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to have a meal with him. So he went and sat at table. The Pharisee then wondered why Jesus did not first wash his hands before dinner. But the Lord said to him, “So then, you Pharisees, you clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside yourselves you are full of greed and evil. Fools! He who made the outside, also made the inside. But according to you, by the mere giving of alms everything is made clean.”

REFLECTION
When we cannot impress others by our qualities, we try other ways of impressing them, and so we enter a world of lies and pretence:  we try to distract them from our real condition by weaving some colorful lies.  We end by believing in these lies ourselves:  by not knowing the real from the fake, the inner from the outer.  Then, the more we concentrate on the outside, the more false becomes the inside.  The stuff that went into the making of the Pharisees is universally available.

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Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

October 15, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:29-32 -
As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, “People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah.”

REFLECTION
If in prayer we never hear ourselves praising the most unlikely persons, it is likely that we are not listening to God at all but only to our prejudices.  Simone Weil spoke of “the arsenal of lies” that the ego arranges around itself, to defend itself from the truth.  We have to call the bluff of everyone of them, for it is well known that we are our own greatest deceivers.  When we have called their bluff we will see clearly that much of what we call loyalty to this group or that is only a larger egotism.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012 00:00

October 14, 2012

Gospel: Mk 10:17–30 -
Just as Jesus was setting out on his journey again, a man ran up, knelt before him and asked, “Good Master, what must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not cheat, honor your father and mother.” The man replied, “I have obeyed all these commandments since my childhood.” Then Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him and he said, “For you, one thing is lacking. Go, sell what you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me.” On hearing these words, his face fell and he went away sorrowful for he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were shocked at these words, but Jesus insisted, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were more astonished than ever and wondered, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus looked steadily at them and said, “For humans it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God.” Peter spoke up and said, “We have given up everything to follow you.” Jesus answered, “Truly, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children, or lands for my sake and for the Gospel, who will not receive his reward. I say to you: even in the midst of persecution he will receive a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands in the present time and in the world to come eternal life.”

REFLECTION
Read
• Mk 10:17-30: Jesus loves the rich young man but too many possessions prevent him from following Jesus. The image of the camel demonstrates the problem with riches. But it is important to remember that all things are possible with God.
Reflect:
• What are the problems with riches and following Jesus? Have you given up anything to follow Jesus?
Pray:
• The true follower of Jesus lives without great attachment to things. Pray for a sense of detachment. Pray that you may be grateful for and content with what you have.
Act:
• Be generous with everything you possess.

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Saturday, 13 October 2012 00:00

October 13, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:27-28 -
As Jesus was speaking, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, “Blessed is the one who bore you and nursed you!” Jesus replied, “Surely blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it as well.”

REFLECTION
If you are to hear, there must be no loud interfering noises.  This is true of outer hearing, but even more true of inner.  If you are to hear with the heart there has to be a great inner silence; a silence of the emotions, the passions, the mind, the memory, the will.  To hear the Word of God, one has to become silence itself.  This is more difficult for us today; we have become experts in a dubious art:  the art of half-listening.

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Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

October 12, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:15-26 -
As Jesus was casting out a devil some of the people said, “He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons.” So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign.

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your fellow members drive out demons? They will be your judges, then.

“But suppose I drive out demons by the finger of God; would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as the strong and armed man guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger one attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on and disposes of his spoils.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters.

“When the evil spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry lands looking for a resting place. And finding none, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds the house swept and everything in order. Then it goes to fetch seven other spirits even worse than itself. They move in and settle there, so that the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

REFLECTION
Jesus did not say, “I came that you may be able to cope, and cope successfully.”  He said, “I came that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”  It may seem an ungenerous thing to say, but we have to do more than solve our problems; we have to find the meaning of life.  We are not simple mechanisms like machines; we are mysterious beings with minds open to unfathomable depths.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00

October 11, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:5-13 -
Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says: ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine who is traveling has just arrived and I have nothing to offer him.’ Maybe your friend will answer from inside: ‘Don’t bother me now; the door is locked and my children and I are in bed, so I can’t get up and give you anything.’ But I tell you, even though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend, yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give you all you need.

“And so I say to you, ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.
“If your child asks for a fish, will you give a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give a scorpion? Even you evil people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more then will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those who ask him!”

REFLECTION
When we pray to our Father, there is, as they say, “no sting in the tail,” no trick, no hidden snag.  When a child asks for an egg, the father does not give a scorpion.  What is a scorpion but a sting in the tail?  Ask, Jesus said, and it will be given to you.  But very often, it is not given, isn’t this true?  You pray that your friend will recover from illness but he or she dies.  What does this promise amount to, then, “Ask and you will receive?”  We trust that though we have not received the very thing we asked for, we have received something, and our Father is not a stingy giver.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 00:00

October 10, 2012

Gospel: Luke 11:1-4 -
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:
Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come,
give us each day the kind of bread we need,
and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test.”

REFLECTION
It seems to us a strange request:  teach us to pray.  Jews prayed every since childhood.  Why would they ask him now to teach them to pray?  The meaning of it is as follows:  they were asking him for a distinctive prayer as his disciples.  John’s disciples had a special kind of prayer, but Jesus’ disciples apparently did not.  He taught them the Our Father.  This makes it very special:  it is not just any prayer, it is distinctively Christian prayer.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 00:00

October 09, 2012

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 -
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord’s feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?”
But the Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her.”

REFLECTION
Martha had the strengths and weaknesses of an active person, and Mary had those of a contemplative person.  Martha was worried, troubled, and complaining, but she was also the first on the scene when there was an emergency.  Mary was quiet and reflective, but she may (on one occasion) have loved her interior life more than she loved the Lord.  Both were unbalanced in that sense.  That is why they needed each other.  Each made up for the unbalance of the other.  No one needs to have all the gifts.

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