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Pope Francis: The Church orients us on the path of life, indicating the way that leads to maturity

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the theme of the “Church as our Mother” during his audience catechesis on Wednesday. The Pope’s English language remarks were read out at the Audience. Pope Francis said: The Church accompanies us in mercy, in understanding, never judging us or closing the door, but offering forgiveness to help [...]

Jesus’ Testimony to John

There was a game among the Jewish children, that went something like this. A troop of youths was divided into two parts: who, making sport of the confusion in the world, and the uneven course of its affairs, and the painful and rapid change from one extreme to the other, some of them played on instruments of music, while the rest wailed. But neither did [...]

Jesus Resurrected Widow’s Son

耶穌和門徒及許多群眾一起到納因城去,本來該十分熱鬧,卻遇見十分凄慘的一幕:一個婦人失去了丈夫,已經非常可憐,現在她的獨生子死了,她更加孤苦無依;她正跟著兒子的屍首出去,準備把他埋葬。還沒有人向耶穌請求,耶穌就對她動了憐憫的心,上前叫那青年人復活,把天主的仁慈和祂對婦女的關懷之心顯露無遺。 [...]

The Healing of a Centurion’s Slave

Although that centurion was strong in battle, and the prefect of the Roman soldiers, yet because his particular attendant lay sick at his house, considering what wonderful things the Savior had done in healing the sick, and judging that these miracles were not performed by human power, he sends to Jesus directly, as to God. Jesus would not go to the son [...]

Unexplainable Love

路加福音 15:1-32 在本主日的福音中,耶穌說了三個比喻。在「亡羊」的比喻中,耶穌談及一位為了尋找一隻迷失的羊,而把其餘九十九隻丟下的牧人。在「失錢」的比喻中,耶穌談及一個遺失了錢幣的婦人,在找到錢幣後,高興得大花金錢請朋友和鄰人一同歡樂。 這兩個比喻中的牧人和婦人的表現毫不尋常。把九十九隻羊丟下,牧人不怕得不償失嗎?但他就是要冒著走失更多羊的危險,也要尋回失羊。婦人找到一個錢幣,最終卻要用上更多金錢去慶祝。牧人和婦人的行徑,可說是不合情理。而天父對我們每一個人的愛,同樣不合情理,無法解釋。 [...]

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The figure of the bronze serpent has the appearance of the beast, but not its poison; in the same way Christ came in the likeness of sinful flesh, being free from sin. By Christ’s being lifted up, understand His being suspended on high, by which suspension He sanctified the air, even as He had sanctified the earth by walking upon it. Herein too is [...]

Lord, help me see

在今天的福音中,耶穌教導門徒:瞎子不能給瞎子領路。耶穌是所有基督徒的師傅。不好好跟師傅學習,我們什麼都做不了。身為徒弟,我們必須用心聆聽耶穌對我們的訓誨,並在生活中實踐出來。只有這樣,我們才能有效引領其他人往耶穌那裡去。 耶穌更一針見血地點出人的通病:「你看見你兄弟眼中的木屑,而你眼中的大樑,倒不理會呢?」祂之所以用瞎子來比喻人,是因為人時常用主觀的眼光去看其他人,卻沒有想到別人內心的想法和意圖。這樣會造成我們對他人的成見,變得自以為是。耶穌形容人為瞎子,再貼切不過。 [...]

Love of Enemies

Having proceeded in the enumeration of many heavenly actions, Jesus wisely comes to this place last, that He might teach the people confirmed by the divine miracles to march onward in the footsteps of virtue beyond the path of the law. Lastly, among the three greatest, (hope, faith, and charity,) the greatest is charity, which is commanded in these words, [...]

Pope Francis: The Church is our Mother

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, September 11. The Holy Father continued his catechetical reflections on the Church, focusing on the image of the Church as Mother. Pope Francis said: Like our Mothers, the Church gives us the gift of life. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are reborn [...]

Blessings and Woes

當耶穌召叫了十二個門徒後,便告訴他們甚麼才是天主眼中的真福和真禍,因祂不希望跟隨祂的人沉醉於現世浮於表面的福樂,而是透過天主的啟示,把眼光放遠,明白怎樣才算是真的有福。 耶穌在路加福音中提及的真福包括:貧窮、饑餓、哭泣、為人子被惱恨及辱罵;祂提及的真禍則包括:富有、飽飫、歡笑、被誇讚。很明顯這些被形容為福禍的情況在俗世的眼光中剛好相反,但正因為此,我們更需要擺脫俗世的價值觀,在生活中反思耶穌的教導。例如,我們是否只著重現時的生活和快樂,而沒有真心真意跟隨耶穌?或者當面對挑戰時,我們是否堅持基督徒的立場而非迎合這個世界? [...]

The Calling of the Twelve

Let us examine then in the actions which Jesus did, how He teaches us to be instant in prayer to God, going apart by ourselves, and in secret, no one seeing us; putting aside also our worldly cares, that the mind may be raised up to the height of divine contemplation and this we have marked in the fact, act, that Jesus went into a […] [...]

Pope Francis: Look upon your brother’s sorrow, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis participated in a vigil of fasting and prayer for peace with the faithful of Rome and pilgrims to the city on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Pope Francis said: “Look upon your brother’s sorrow and do not add to it, stay your hand, rebuild the harmony that has been shattered; and all this achieved not by conflict but [...]

Legality vs. Morality

在今天的福音中,記述了耶穌和法利塞人再次在安息日中起了衝突。在會堂裡有一個枯手的人,這人的病不是急性的,耶穌本來可以在另一個時間治好他;但耶穌很清楚法利塞人心中所想,祂不但要在安息日治好這枯手的人,還特別叫他站在中間,叫眾人都看見祂所要行的事。 [...]

Sayings on Discipleship

For because many of those that accompanied Him followed not with their whole heart, but lukewarmly, He shows what kind of a man his disciple ought to be. But it may be asked, how are we bid to hate our parents and our relations in the flesh, who are commanded to love even our enemies? But if we weigh the force of the command we […] [...]

The Purpose of the Law

我們在四部福音中都能看到耶穌和法利塞人之間的衝突往往跟如何守安息日有關。在今天的福音,門徒們在安息日掐麥穗的舉動引發衝突,但隨後耶穌卻藉這事去表明「人子是安息日的主」。 門徒們掐麥穗吃的行為一連觸犯安息日的四個禁令:掐麥穗違反收割禁令;用手搓的動作違反打穀禁令;把殼拋開違反簸穀禁令;吃下麥子違反預備食物禁令。面對謹守律法的法利塞人,耶穌以達味吃供餅的例子來說明:人的需要勝於律法禮規,重要的是律法的精神和目的,而非外在的形式。 [...]

The Question about Fasting

Observe the pharisees’ perseverance in malice: as soon as they have received the first answer from Christ, they proceed from one thing to another, with the intent to show that the holy disciples, and Jesus Himself with them, cared very little for the law. Hence it follows, “Why do the disciples of John fast, but you eat, etc.” As if they [...]

Jesus called Fishers of Men

耶穌被群眾擠擁得上了船,然後坐在船上繼續教訓群眾。聖經中,船常代表教會,所以祂選擇上了西滿的船施教,相信有預告的意味。祂行為的次序也好像別有深意:祂首先在西滿的船繼續施教;然後吩咐西滿划到深處,去撒網捕魚;最後召叫西滿做捕人的漁夫。 西滿大概早已驚嘆於祂的教導,所以即使自知在捕魚方面更有經驗,他還是謙恭地稱耶穌為老師,並遵照祂的話,在自己認為沒有魚的地方撒網。當看見自己網了很多魚,多得網險些破裂並裝滿了兩隻船後,西滿明白眼前人並不簡單,便自慚形穢,對耶穌說:「主,請你離開我!因為我是個罪人。」可是耶穌還是召叫他跟隨祂,成為捕人的漁夫。 [...]

Pope Francis to youths: Are you willing to be the hope of all people?

(Vatican Radio) The recent World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil were the focus of Pope Francis’ catechetical reflections on Wednesday at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father concentrated on three main motifs of the weeklong gathering: “welcoming”, “celebration” and “mission”. [...]

Healing in Body and Soul

Luke, having first introduced a man delivered from an evil spirit, goes on to relate the healing of a woman. For our Lord had come to heal each sex, and he ought first to be healed who was first created. Hence it is said, “And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house.” For Jesus honored His disciples by dwelling among [...]

The Authority of Jesus

耶穌離開納匝肋以後,到了葛法翁。祂教訓人時,人們都感覺到祂的話有一種權威。祂不像經師們要引述其他權威,祂的權威直接來自天主,是祂自己的。祂有權威,因為祂有一種獨有的智慧,能使人有力量改變。 在會堂裏有一個附著邪魔惡鬼的人,邪魔害怕耶穌的大能,說:「你來毀滅我們嗎?我知道你是誰:你是天主的聖者。」 [...]

Pope Francis: The use of violence never brought peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer this Sunday. Pope Francis said: “Peace is [...]

The Rejection at Nazareth

When our Lord came to Nazareth, He refrains from miracles, lest He should provoke the people to greater malice. But He sets before them His teaching no less wonderful than His miracles. For there was a certain ineffable grace in our Savior’s words which softened the hearts of the hearers. But foolish men though wondering at the power of His words [...]

Pope Francis: Sept 7 – A day of prayer and fasting for peace

教宗方濟各呼籲大家於9月7日為敘利亞、整個中東地區以及全世界的和平守齋祈禱。他說:「在星期六,9月7日,由晚上7時直到午夜,我們會聚集在這裡(聖伯多祿廣場)祈禱,懷著懺悔的心,去祈求天主賜和平這美好的禮物予敘利亞以及世上所有發生衝突和暴力的地方。」教宗也邀請非天主教的基督徒和其他宗教信徒用任何他們認為適合的方式參與祈禱日。 [...]

Whoever humbles himself will be exalted

在今天的福音中,耶穌到了法利塞人家中吃飯。那天是安息日,他們細心觀察耶穌會否做些甚麼,讓他們找到逮捕祂的理由。在新約中,基督徒一起聚餐本來應該充滿喜樂,是一個共融的時刻。但在這個宴會裡,被邀請的人忙著爭坐首席,人們互相視對方為敵人。 耶穌留意到這情況,便以說比喻的方式教導他們。祂警告爭取上座這種行動也許帶來不能預期的消極後果,因為可能有身份地位更高的客人會來到,主人將因而要求這些原本爭得上座的人讓位,他們便會因自己的行動而導致公開的蒙羞。 [...]