Posted October 31, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Know Our Mission

那時候,有幾個法利塞人前來對耶穌說:「你離開這裏走吧!因為黑落德要殺你。」耶穌對他們說:「你們去告訴這個狐狸吧!看,我今天明天驅逐魔鬼,第三天就要完畢。但是,今天明天以及後天,我必須前行,因為先知不宜死在耶路撒冷之外。
「耶路撒冷!耶路撒冷!你屢次殘殺先知,用石塊擊斃那些奉命到你這裏來的人;我多少次願意聚集你的子女,如母雞聚集自己的小雞在牠翅翼下,可是你們偏不願意。看吧!你們的家園將成廢墟;但我告訴你們:你們斷不能再看見我,直到你們說:因主名而來的,當受讚頌的時刻來到。」
路加福音 13:31-35

在今天的福音中,有些法利塞人叫耶穌離開加里肋亞,因為黑落德要殺害祂。耶穌不但沒有因法利塞人的恐嚇而改變祂的行程,更加預言他們的聖殿將要被毀滅。那是當時的人無法想像的。

面對威嚇,耶穌沒有退縮,祂很明白自己來到世上要達成的任務,亦清楚自己要死在耶路撒冷,在未到耶路撒冷以前,祂要受難的時刻還未來到。

耶穌為我們示範了面對威脅時應有的態度,要做到絲毫無懼很困難,但藉著祈禱,我們相信主耶穌會給予足夠恩寵和力量,使我們背得起十字架。主,教我們在磨難中更靠近祢。

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Luke 13:31-35

In today’s Gospel, some Pharisees asked Jesus to leave Galilee, because Herod (Antipas) wanted to kill Him. Jesus did not change His plan due to threat, instead He foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, which seemed impossible to the people of His time.

In the face of intimidation, Jesus did not retreat. He knew very well His mission on earth. He also knew that He was meant to die in Jerusalem. His time had not yet come.

Jesus showed us His way of facing persecution. It is hard to be fearless. Through prayers, we believe that Jesus would grant us sufficient grace and strength for us to bear our cross. Lord, teach us to get closer to You in tribulations.


FLL Editorial Team