Posted October 5, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

The Grace to know the Father and the Son

那時候,七十二人歡喜地歸來,說:「主!因著你的名號,連惡魔都屈服於我們。」耶穌向他們說:「我看見撒殫如同閃電一般自天跌下。看,我已經授予你們權柄,使你們踐踏在蛇蠍上,並能制伏仇敵的一切勢力,沒有什麼能傷害你們。但是,你們不要因為魔鬼屈服於你們而歡喜,你們應當歡喜的,乃是因為你們的名字,已經登記在天上了。」

就在那時刻,耶穌因聖神而歡欣說:「父啊!天地的主宰!我稱謝你,因為你將這些事瞞住了智慧及明達的人,而啟示了給小孩子。是的,父啊!你原來喜歡這樣做。我父將一切都交給我。除了父,沒有一個認識子是誰;除了子及子所願意啟示的人外,也沒有一個認識父是誰的。」耶穌轉過身來私下對門徒說:「看見你們所見之事的眼睛,是有福的。我告訴你們:曾經有許多先知及君王希望看你們所見的,而沒有看見;聽你們所聽的,而沒有聽到。」
路加福音 10:17-24

© Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. (www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/)

© Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. (www.flickr.com/photos/paullew/)

耶穌派遣了七十二門徒,兩個兩個到各城各地去傳教,他們回來時都歡天喜地,因他們見識到因著耶穌基督的名號,他們都能行祂的異能,甚至連惡魔都屈服於他們。確實,受耶穌派遣的人,都被一一授予了祂的權柄。可是,耶穌提醒門徒不該歡喜於這能制服惡魔的權柄,因為真正值得歡喜和感恩的並非是他們能做甚麼,而是他們的名字已經登記在天上。能夠被揀選進入天國,得享永生,才是真正的福樂。

耶穌因著聖神也透露了祂和天父之間的奧秘:除非藉著天父的啟示,沒有人能認出耶穌是天主子;除非耶穌願意啟示給我們,也沒有人能認識父。因此能認識、相信天主,是天上而來的恩寵。要知道時至今日,即使基督的福音已幾乎傳遍普世,還是有很多人看不出或不願相信耶穌基督就是天主子、我們的救主,所以我們這些憑著信德的恩寵而接納基督的福音的人,是有福的。因此我們該好好珍惜這份恩寵,把天主放在生命的第一位,並學習耶穌,時常稱謝天父。

The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Luke 10:17-24

Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom He sent in pairs to visit and preach in towns and places. They all came back rejoicing because they witnessed they can do great things in His name, and even the demons are subject to them. Indeed, those who are sent by Jesus are given His power, but Jesus reminded them not to rejoice because the spirits are subject to them, because the real joy and grace is that they’re chosen to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Rejoicing in the Holy Spirit, Jesus also revealed to His disciples the mystery between Him and His Heavenly Father: “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” Therefore, to know and believe in the Father and the Son is a grace from above, though it also depends on our response. Notice that even to this day, where the gospel is almost preached throughout the world, many people still fail to see that Jesus is the Son of God and He is our savior. So those who accepted the gift of faith to see this mystery of God should always be thankful, and like Jesus, always give our Heavenly Father thanks and praise.


FLL Editorial Team