神父講道 – 將臨期第四週 (週五) (2011年12月23日)

恭讀聖路加福音 1:57-66

依撒伯爾滿了產期,就生了一個兒子。她的鄰居和親戚聽說上主向她大施仁慈,都和她一同歡樂。到了第八天,人們來給這孩子行割損禮,並願意照他父親的名字叫他匝加利亞。他的母親說:「不,要叫他若翰。」他們就向她說:「在你親族中沒有叫這個名字的。」他們便向他的父親打手勢,看他願叫他什麼。他要了一塊小板,寫道:「若翰是他的名字。」眾人都驚訝起來。匝加利亞的口和舌頭立時開了,遂開口讚美天主。於是,所有的鄰居都滿懷怕情;這一切事就傳遍了全猶大山區,凡聽見的人都將這事存在心中,說:「這孩子將成為什麼人物啊?」因為上主的手與他同在。

—基督的福音。

(Friday of the 4th Week of Advent)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1:57-66

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechari’ah after his father, 60 but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your kindred is called by this name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all marveled. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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依撒伯爾滿了產期,就生了一個兒子。她的鄰居和親戚聽說上主向她大施仁慈,都和她一同歡樂。到了第八天,人們來給這孩子行割損禮,並願意照他父親的名字叫他匝加利亞。他的母親說:「不,要叫他若翰。」他們就向她說:「在你親族中沒有叫這個名字的。」他們便向他的父親打手勢,看他願叫他什麼。他要了一塊小板,寫道:「若翰是他的名字。」眾人都驚訝起來。匝加利亞的口和舌頭立時開了,遂開口讚美天主。於是,所有的鄰居都滿懷怕情;這一切事就傳遍了全猶大山區,凡聽見的人都將這事存在心中,說:「這孩子將成為什麼人物啊?」因為上主的手與他同在。

默 想

  • 洗者若翰的誕生,對匝加利亞一家的鄰居和親戚,是一件「怪事」,他們以害怕的心情來回應。
  • 匝加利亞和妻子依撒伯爾似乎不理會鄰居和親戚的竊竊私語或眼光,他倆只在滿心歡喜,迎接兒子的出生。
  • 除了驚訝,他們的鄰居和親戚往後也在面對一個留白的畫面──這名孩子將要成為什麼人物?
  • 一字記之曰「信」。若翰的父母深信兒子在上主的眷顧中,上主時刻與他同在。
  • 很多時候,我們或許不感受上主的同在,人的感受其實很脆弱,但只要我們願意往內心細味,願意相信,其實祂分秒與我們一起。我們也可經驗匝加利亞夫婦的喜悅和滿足。