Posted May 1, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Depend on Jesus

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若望福音 15:1-8

在今天的福音中,耶穌說:「正如枝條若不留在葡萄樹上,憑自己不能結實;你們若不住在我內,也一無所能。」現代社會鼓吹個人主義,各方面都在訓練我們要獨立,不要倚賴他人。事實是任我們再獨立,如果我們不和耶穌保持親密的關係,我們什麼也做不了。一些人認為倚賴人是無能的表現,那便讓我們倚賴天主子耶穌吧,祂願意我們依靠祂。

五月一日是大聖若瑟勞工主保瞻禮,教宗庇護十二世在1955年宣布5月1日為大聖若瑟模範工人節(五月一日亦是國際勞動節)。大聖若瑟自食其力,用勞動的雙手養活他的家庭。人而天主的吾主耶穌向他學習木匠手藝。聖若瑟確是勞動階級最理想的主保。在這天,讓我們也為香港碼頭工人祈禱,望他們能早日得到合理待遇。

五月一日也是聖貝勒格靈的慶日。他是癌症、足疾或無法治愈病痛患者之主保聖人。讓我們特別在他的慶日為患癌病的兄弟姊妹請他轉求。

John 15:1-8

In today’s gospel, Jesus said: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” Our culture encourages individualism. We are trained to become independent in many aspects of our lives. The fact is, no matter how independent we are, unless we maintain a close relationship with Jesus, there is nothing we can do. Some would think to depend on others implies incompetence, then let us rely on Jesus the Son of God. He would like to have us depend on Him.

May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianize the concept of labor and give to all workmen a model and a protector. (May 1 is also the International Workers’ Day.) St. Joseph provides for himself and his family through his labour. Our Lord Jesus learned the craft of carpentry from him. He is indeed a great patron for workers. On this day, let us also pray for the dock workers in Hong Kong that they might get a reasonable compensation.

May 1 is also the feast of St. Peregrine. He is the patron for patients of cancer or incurable diseases. On his feast day, let us pray for those who suffer from cancer.


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