神父講道 – 獻主節 (慶日) (週六) (2013年2月2日)

恭讀聖路加福音 2:22-40

按梅瑟的法律,一到了取潔的日期,瑪利亞和若瑟便帶著孩子上耶路撒冷去獻給上主,就如上主的法律上所記載的:『凡開胎首生的男性,應祝聖於上主。』並該照上主法律上所吩咐的,獻上祭物:一對斑鳩或兩隻鶵鴿。那時,在耶路撒冷有一個人,名叫西默盎。這人正義虔誠,期待著以色列的安慰,而且聖神也在他身上。他曾蒙聖神啟示:自己在未看見上主的受傅者以前,決見不到死亡。他因聖神的感動,進了聖殿;那時,抱著嬰孩耶穌的父母正進來,要按著法律的慣例為他行禮。西默盎就雙臂接過他來,讚美天主說:「主啊!現在可照你的話,放你的僕人平安去了!因為我親眼看見了你的救援,即你在萬民之前早準備好的:為作啟示異邦的光明,你百姓以色列的榮耀。」他的父親和母親就驚異他關於耶穌所說的這些話。西默盎祝福了他們,又向他的母親瑪利亞說:「看,這孩子已被立定,為使以色列中許多人跌倒和復起,並成為反對的記號——至於你,要有一把利劍刺透你的心靈——為叫許多人心中的思念顯露出來。」又有一位女先知亞納,是阿協爾支派法奴耳的女兒,已上了年紀。她出閣後,與丈夫同居了七年,以後就守寡,直到八十四歲。她齋戒祈禱,晝夜事奉天主,總不離開聖殿。正在那時刻,她也前來稱謝天主,並向一切希望耶路撒冷得救贖的人,講論這孩子。
他們按著上主的法律,行完了一切,便返回了加里肋亞,他們的本城納匝肋。孩子漸漸長大而強壯,充滿智慧,天主的恩寵常在他身上。

—上主的話。

(3rd Week in Ordinary Time – Saturday)

(Feast of the Presentation of the Lord)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan’u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37 and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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一言為定

「主! 如果是你,就叫我在水面上步行到你那裏罷 !」(瑪14:28)
除了路加福音以外,另外三部福音都有記載耶穌步行水面的奇蹟。瑪竇福音的記載多了一個情節:『伯多祿步行水面,本來可以安然無恙,但當他一見到風勢強勁,就害怕起來。結果船便開始下沉。』其實,這就是我們信仰生活上的真實寫照。我們曾經不也是因為人性的軟弱而跌倒過嗎?伯多祿臨危關頭,便大叫說:「主,救我罷!」耶穌便『立刻』伸手『拉住』伯多祿。這是一幕多麼美麗動人的畫面啊! 耶穌繼續說:「小信德的人哪!你為甚麼懷疑?」 信德不是一時衝動的信念,而是恆常的修為。

在司祭庭園,伯多祿曾經三次否認自己是耶穌的門徒。但當耶穌復活後,並沒有刻意指正伯多祿的不是,卻只是輕描淡寫的對他說:「伯多祿,你愛我嗎?」由此可見,耶穌重視的,是我們懺悔的心靈。

耶穌願意我們步行到他那裡,可能經歷驚濤駭浪,但他會告訴我們:「不要害怕,我和你們天天在一起,直到世界的終結。
這就是我們的信仰,我們的希望!
梁達材神父
(原文見2012年8月份上海光啟『日用神糧』

每日聖言靜思 常年期第三週 (週六) 2月2日

信仰生活互動坊、塔冷通心靈書舍

路2:22-40   (讀經 ── 拉3:1-4   詠24  希2:14-18)
按梅瑟的法律,一到了取潔的日期,瑪利亞和若瑟便帶著孩子上耶路撒冷去獻給上主,就如上主的法律上所記載的:『凡開胎首生的男性,應祝聖於上主。』並該照上主法律上所吩咐的,獻上祭物:一對斑鳩或兩隻鶵鴿。那時,在耶路撒冷有一個人,名叫西默盎。這人正義虔誠,期待著以色列的安慰,而且聖神也在他身上。他曾蒙聖神啟示:自己在未看見上主的受傅者以前,決見不到死亡。他因聖神的感動,進了聖殿;那時,抱著嬰孩耶穌的父母正進來,要按著法律的慣例為他行禮。西默盎就雙臂接過他來,讚美天主說:「主啊!現在可照你的話,放你的僕人平安去了!因為我親眼看見了你的救援,即你在萬民之前早準備好的:為作啟示異邦的光明,你百姓以色列的榮耀。」他的父親和母親就驚異他關於耶穌所說的這些話。西默盎祝福了他們,又向他的母親瑪利亞說:「看,這孩子已被立定,為使以色列中許多人跌倒和復起,並成為反對的記號——至於你,要有一把利劍刺透你的心靈——為叫許多人心中的思念顯露出來。」又有一位女先知亞納,是阿協爾支派法奴耳的女兒,已上了年紀。她出閣後,與丈夫同居了七年,以後就守寡,直到八十四歲。她齋戒祈禱,晝夜事奉天主,總不離開聖殿。正在那時刻,她也前來稱謝天主,並向一切希望耶路撒冷得救贖的人,講論這孩子。
他們按著上主的法律,行完了一切,便返回了加里肋亞,他們的本城納匝肋。孩子漸漸長大而強壯,充滿智慧,天主的恩寵常在他身上。

 

默 想

  • 在這個先知預言的事件中,最高興的人可能是先知自己。
  • 等候了一生的聖者,終於出現了,還有什麼比這更好的?所以西默盎說,現在可以放你的僕人平安去了。若不見聖者,西默盎還不知要「捱」多久。
  • 但是,先知有目的地等候,也是幸福。我們很多時沒有目的,不知等什麼,這才是人間悲劇。
  • 所以,有使命,是上主最大的祝福!

神父講道 – 耶穌聖心彌撒 – 常年期第三週 (週五) (2013年2月1日)

恭讀聖馬爾谷福音 4:26-34

那時,耶穌向群眾說:「天主的國好比一個人把種子撒在地裏,他黑夜白天,或睡或起,那種子發芽生長,至於怎樣,他卻不知道。因為土地自然生長果實:先發苗,後吐穗,最後穗又滿了麥粒。當果實成熟的時候,便立刻派人以鐮刀收割,因為到了收穫的時期。」
他又說:「我們以什麼比擬天主的國呢?或用什麼比喻來形容它呢?它好像一粒芥子,種在地裏的時候,比地上一切的種子都小;當下種之後,生長起來,比一切蔬菜都大;並且長出大枝,以致天上的飛鳥能棲息在它的蔭下。」耶穌用許多這樣的比喻,按照他們所能聽懂的,給他們講道。若不用比喻,他就不給他們講什麼,但私下裏卻給自己的門徒解釋一切。

—上主的話。

(3rd Week in Ordinary Time – Friday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 4:26-34

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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