神父講道 – 聖亞加大 貞女、殉道 (紀念)(週五) (2010年2月5日)

聖亞加大 (貞女 、殉道) (紀念)
恭讀聖馬爾谷福音 6:14-29
那時,耶穌的名聲傳揚出去,黑落德王也聽到了。有人說:「洗者若翰從死者中復活了,為此,這些奇能才在耶穌身上運行。」但也有人說:「他是厄里亞。」更有人說:「他是先知,好像古先知中的一位。」黑落德聽了,卻說:「是我所斬首的若翰復活了!」
原來這個黑落德,為了他的兄弟斐理伯的妻子黑落狄雅的緣故,因為他娶了她為妻,曾遣人逮捕了若翰,把他押在監裏;因為若翰曾給黑落德說:「你不可佔有你兄弟的妻子。」黑落狄雅便懷恨若翰,願意殺害他,只是不能,因為黑落德敬畏若翰,知道他是一個正義聖潔的人,曾保全了他;幾時聽他講道,就甚覺困惑,但仍樂意聽他。
好機會的日子到了:當黑落德在自己的生日上,為自己的重要官員、軍官和加里肋亞的顯要,設了筵席的時候,那個黑落狄雅的女兒便進來跳舞,獲得了黑落德和同席人的歡心。王便對女孩說:「你要什麼,向我求吧!我必賜給你!」又對她發誓說:「無論你求我什麼,就是我王國的一半,我也必定給你!」她便出去問她的母親說:「我該求什麼?」她母親答說:「洗者若翰的頭。」她便立刻進去,到王面前要求說:「我要你立刻把洗者若翰的頭,放在盤子裏給我!」王遂十分憂鬱;但為了誓言和同席的人,不願對她食言,王遂即差遣衛兵,吩咐把若翰的頭送來。衛兵便去,在監裏斬了若翰的頭,把他的頭放在盤子裏送來,交給了那女孩子,那女孩子便交給了自己的母親。若翰的門徒聽說了,就來領去了他的屍身,把他安葬在墳墓裏。
—基督的福音。
(4th Week in Ordinary Time -Friday)
(Memorial of Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr)
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 6:14-29
14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “It is Eli’jah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero’di-as, his brother Philip’s wife; because he had married her. 18 For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Hero’di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Hero’di-as’ daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
—The Gospel of the Lord.
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每日聖言靜思 常年期第四週 (週五) 2月5日

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谷6:14-29 (其他經文──德47:2-13    詠18)
耶穌的名聲傳揚出去,黑落德王也聽到了。有人說:「洗者若翰從死者中復活了,為此,這些奇能才在耶穌身上運行。」但也有人說:「他是厄里亞。」更有人說:「他是先知,好像古先知中的一位。」黑落德聽了,卻說:「是我所斬首的若翰復活了!」原來這個黑落德,為了他的兄弟斐理伯的妻子黑落狄雅的緣故,因為他娶了她為妻,曾遣人逮捕了若翰,把他押在監裡;因為若翰曾給黑落德說:「你不可佔有你兄弟的妻子。」黑落狄雅便懷恨若翰,願意殺害他,只是不能,因為黑落德敬畏若翰,知道他是一個正義聖潔的人,曾保全了他;幾時聽他講道,就甚覺困惑,但仍樂意聽他。好機會的日子到了:當黑落德在自己的生日上,為自己的重要官員、軍官和加里肋亞的顯要,設了筵席的時候,那個黑落狄雅的女兒便進來跳舞,獲得了黑落德和同席人的歡心。王便對女孩說:「你要什麼,向我求吧!我必賜給你!」又對她發誓說:「無論你求我什麼,就是我王國的一半,我也必定給你!」她便出去問她的母親說:「我該求什麼?」她母親答說:「洗者若翰的頭。」她便立刻進去,到王面前要求說:「我要你立刻把洗者若翰的頭,放在盤子裡給我!」王遂十分憂鬱;但為了誓言和同席的人,不願對她食言,王遂即差遣衛兵,吩咐把若翰的頭送來。衛兵便去,在監裡斬了若翰的頭,把他的頭放在盤子裡送來,交給了那女孩子,那女孩子便交給了自己的母親。若翰的門徒聽說了,就來領去了他的屍身,把他安葬在墳墓裡。

默 想

  • 洗者若翰的悲慘下場,是我們不願見到的,當然也是耶穌不願聽聞的。眾人聽到若翰的死訊,自然替他抱不平。
  • 他的死訊,對耶穌彷彿是一個警號,「提醒」他要小心說話與行動,免招殺身之禍。
  • 但,我們見到耶穌不會因此退縮,他十分清楚自己的處境,卻繼續講天父要他宣講的,行那出於愛德的事情。
  • 他不是要教導我們只為伸張正義而奮戰,他更要告訴我們:「愛是一切事情的動力,以愛出發,以愛還愛。」

一言為定 (2010年2月5日)

「有人說:『他是厄里亞。』更有人說:『他是先知,好像古先知中的一位。』 黑落德聽了,卻說:『是我所斬首的若翰復活了!』」(谷 6:15-16)
這位黑落德是加里肋亞和培勒雅的分封侯黑落德安提帕。由於他休棄了自己的妻子,娶了他兄弟斐理伯的妻子黑落狄雅為妻。因為若翰當面責斥黑落德亂倫之罪,便被囚禁在監裡。
結果,在他生日那天,為了滿足黑落狄雅的要求,把若翰處決了。
因此,當他聽到耶穌大顯靈蹟時,便以為若翰復活了。這當然不是他信仰『復活』的道理,而是他對若翰的死仍懷有忐忑的心情。
這與伯多祿的回應不可同日而語:
「耶穌和他的門徒起身,往斐理伯的凱撒勒雅附近的村莊去;在路上問自己的門徒說:『人們說我是誰﹖』
他們回答說:『是洗者若翰;也有些人說是厄里亞;還有些人說是先知中的一位。』
耶穌又問他們說:『你們說我是誰﹖』伯多祿回答說:『你是默西亞。』 (谷8:27-29)
瑪竇福音更附加了耶穌讚嘆的說話:
「約納的兒子西滿,你是有福的,因為不是肉和血啟示了你,而是我在天之父。(瑪16:17)
凡不是出自聖神的真理,雖然表面看似是合理,必定缺乏令人感覺平安的效果。
梁達材神父