Posted July 4, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Power of Intercession

Virgin in prayer瑪竇福音 9:1-8

聖經多次提示我們,不要小看我們為別人轉求的能力。舊約聖經中,亞巴郎就有為索多瑪城的人向天主求恩的例子,而天主因亞巴郎的請求,確實願意讓步寬赦。耶穌也不只一次因看見病者身邊的人的信心,而立刻醫治人。

教會團體常鼓勵我們為病者和其他有需要人士祈禱,是不求己益的愛的表現,讓我們與天主仁慈的心更貼近,因為這令我們不只顧自己,而學習更關心別人的需要,也更肖似天主,因主耶穌及聖神也為我們轉求,期望每個人都得救。(希 7:25,羅 8:26-27)

未認識天主,和陷於罪惡而不自知的人,有時往往是我們最親近卻又無可奈何的人,更需要我們熱切的轉求。因為病者總會知道自己有病;但犯罪的人,反而較難承認自己的罪行。

今天的福音也提醒我們,耶穌樂見我們的信心,因此不要把代禱當作是每日的功課。我們為別人轉求,是懷著信心地把我們心愛的人交托於上主的手中。

願天主把最好的給我們身邊的人,亞孟。

Matthew 9:1-8

The scripture repeatedly reminds us that we should not underestimate the power of intercession – asking on behalf of others. In the Old Testament, there was an example of Abraham asking for God’s mercy to spare the city of Sodom, and God was willing to listen and compromise. The Gospel also showed us a few examples of how Jesus cured a paralytic right after seeing the faith of the people who brought the paralytic to Him.

The Church encourages us to pray for the sick and other people in need. This prayer of petition is acting out of our selfless love, shaping our heart to attune to God’s mercy, because it leads us not to look into our own interests, but the interests of others, as our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us too, hoping that everyone will be saved. (Hebrew 7:25, Romans 8:26-27)

People who lack faith or who are indulged in sinful lives are even more in need of our fervent intercession, for they might not be able to pray for themselves.

Today’s Gospel also reminds us that Jesus moves by seeing our faith, so let our intercession not be casual nor lukewarm, but with faith and compassion let us entrust our loved ones into God’s hands.

May God grant people around us what’s best for them, Amen.


FLL Editorial Team