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Radiance and Joy

On the surface, being joyful sounds easy, especially in this Christmas and New Year’s season.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 31


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The road to Peace, starting this Christmas

At Christmas, Jesus comes down to earth in the night, like a little flame piercing through the darkness. He is the Prince of Peace, coming into the world that so desperately needs Him.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 16


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Our Zeal for God Is Consuming Us!

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God” (Psalm 63:2). Gentle in tone and unadorned in expression, the human yearning for God, as reflected in the antiphon of this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, belies the zeal and vigour simmering deep in the psalmist’s heart. In fact, his longing for […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 31


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Stay Awake!

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 28


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Blinded by Worldly Glory

Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! “Woe […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 26


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Reproaches to Unrepentant Towns

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 15


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Happy are those who receive the Word with open hearts, they will have an abundance

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. Christ sows the seed to all grounds (to the hearts of all humanity). It is available and accessible to all, with no exception. The Word of God has the power to create, to teach, and heal. The Word of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 13


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Parting discourse from Jesus

Sixth Sunday of Easter In today’s gospel, let us connect ourselves with the heart of Jesus. In this very touching last supper discourse, before His Passion and filled with parting emotions, He poured out His heart unto His disciples (us). His immense love for us is evident, but with mixed emotions, because He knows very […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 25


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Love God’s Commandments

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 22


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Faith and Works

After speaking with certain Protestants, a Catholic may ask “Is it then enough to only believe in the Son, that one may have eternal life?” By no means. Hear Christ Himself declare this, and saying, “Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 7:21); and the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 1


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Cut it off!

Because the Lord had taught us not to offend those who believe in Him, He then warns us how much we should beware of those who offend us, that is, who by their words or conduct strive to drag us into the damnation of sin; wherefore He says, “And if your hand offend you, cut […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 27


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Set our goal higher

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time This week, let us continue to learn from Jesus the teaching of the Beatitudes. In the gospel readings of this past and this upcoming Sundays, Jesus raises the bar of six traditional moral standards of old, with the last one being the “harshest”–Love your enemies and pray for those who […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 23


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Make the Wise Choice

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time God has given us the freedom of choice. He allows us to choose Him, or to reject Him; to choose righteousness, or to choose evil. The temptations around us always attack us where we are weakest, luring us to choose evil as opposed to righteousness. As we find ourselves struggling […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 16


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Are you salty and bright?

常年期第五主日 我們都被召叫成為地鹽世光,這是每個基督徒活在世上不可推卸的使命。 我們不是為自己而活,而是為他人而活。當我們成為世界的光,我們把天主的臨在帶給其他人,讓他們走近基督,這不是靠我們自己的光,而是反映在我們身上那基督的真光。我們要為世界「調味」,不是靠我們的智慧,而是天主的智慧,為延續基督在二千多年前為我們犧牲在十字架上的愛。 但我們如何實行這個使命?透過我們的愛德行動!我們要成為有形的標記,讓世界感受到天主對人的愛與關懷及祂的臨在! 我們更應特別以愛德,幇助那些被剝奪權利及不能自我保護的弱勢社群。 這就是我們如何活出真正基督宗徒的精神。當我們燃亮自己,我們才可燃亮他人,將黑暗變成光明,乏味的變成味道豐富。讓我們先感謝天主賜給我們的神恩及才能,做善行而不領功,不驕傲。那麼,我們的光便能為彰顯天主的光榮而照耀。 聖經不斷提示這個信息,就是如果我們不善用天主無條件賜給我們的禮物,祂便會把這些禮物取去,賜給會善用它們的人。(參考:瑪 5:13-16, 瑪 25:14-30, 瑪 25:29, 1 格前 4:2, 1 伯前 4:10-11) 讓我們做有味的鹽及世界的光吧!大家彼此活出基督的精神! Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time We are all called to be salt of the earth and light of the world. This is the undeniable mission of every Christian on earth. We do not live for ourselves […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 9


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The Duty of the Moment

這天的福音提到宗徒們被派遣出外回來,聚集到耶穌跟前。我們可以想像到他們興奮雀躍,把在外面做過的事一一告訴耶穌。宗徒們大概因驅魔和治病的能力而大受群眾歡迎,這為他們是一個誘惑。他們連吃飯的時間也沒有,因此耶穌叫他們退到荒野地方去休息。 當耶穌和宗徒們乘船到達對岸時,一大夥群眾卻徒步到了同一地方,更在他們以先到了。在適當的時間靜下來默想、祈禱,對每個人都是必要的。然而,當耶穌看到群眾時,動了憐憫的心,祂雖然知道自己和宗徒們需要靜下來,但祂更看到眼前的群眾的需要–他們就像需要牧人的羊。 耶穌向我們示範了生活需要的平衡。正如祂會在適當時候退到荒野裡去,祂也叫門徒退下來反省一下他們所做的事。同時,在本篇福音的情況下,耶穌注意到人們需要祂的回應,祂打消退下來反省的念頭而去服侍群眾的需要。讓我們學習用心辨別天主在每一刻需要我們做的事。 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Saturday of week 4 of Ordinary Time – Gospel In this Gospel reading, we read that after being sent on a mission by Jesus, the apostles gathered together with Him. We could imagine they were excited and wanted to tell Jesus about all they had done. This could have been a […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 8


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The Seed that Grows by Itself

從先前撒種的比喻中,我們聽見有三類種子因不同的原因結不出果實,只有一些落在土壤裡,並結了很多果實。耶穌從而教導我們,能否得救,跟我們的信德和對祂聖言的回應有關。 在這日的福音中,耶穌進一步用比喻講解關於這些種下到土壤的種子。耶穌說「人把種子撒在地裏」,就是把良好的教導和意念放置在我們心中;沒有人能事先衡量結果會怎樣,但如果我們願意開放自己去接納,它們能影響我們步向聖善;如果我們讓天主的聖言改造我們,並把祂的教導付諸實行,便能如那些自然生長的種子,以善言善行結出好果實。 (本文以英文為準) From the parable of the sower, we heard about the three seeds which perished in various ways, and the one which was saved; in which Jesus also shows three differences, according to the proportion of faith and practice. Here however, He puts forth a parable concerning only those who are saved. Therefore […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 31


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The First Disciples

洗者若翰稱自己只是「新郎的朋友」(若3:29);他不是來尋求自己的光榮,而是來為真理作證。因此他沒有讓他的門徒留下來跟著自己,而是叫他們跟隨真正的主——耶穌基督。他稱祂為「天主的羔羊」,因為只有透過祂的聖血,罪人才能得到救贖。 耶穌見那兩個門徒跟隨了祂,便轉過身來問他們說:「你們找什麼?」然後祂邀請他們到祂住的地方。可見對於誠心跟隨祂的人,天主自會向他們顯露自己,並給予機會讓人更親近祂,向祂學習,與祂同行。 (本文以英文為準) John was the friend of the Bridegroom; he sought not his own glory, but bore witness to the truth. And therefore he wished not his disciples to remain with him, to the hindrance of their duty to follow the Lord; but rather showed them whom they should follow, saying, “Behold the Lamb […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 4


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Salvation and Rejection

Who are those who say to Christ, “We have eaten and drunk in Your presence, and You have taught in our streets?” Such an assertion would suit the Israelites, to whom Christ also said, “you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves cast […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 30


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The True Source of Greatness

在今天的福音中,我們看到一個婦人對耶穌十分敬慕,她說:「懷過你的胎,及你所吮吸過的乳房,是有福的!」她的話同時也是對聖母的稱羨。耶穌聽到這話,趁機教導眾人怎樣才算是真正有福,祂說:「那聽天主的話而遵行的人,更是有福的!」 年紀輕輕的瑪利亞,聆聽天主藉著天使加俾額爾對她說的話,願意接受天主的揀選,她說:「看!上主的婢女,願照你的話成就於我罷!」(路加福音 1:38)自那刻開始,聖言成了血肉。聖母的一聲「願意」令聖子降生成人,她一直聆聽並實踐耶穌的話,一直到十字架下。 耶穌的話指出了聖母瑪利亞有福的真正原因。我們領受、聆聽天主的話,有否把聖言在生活中實踐?讓我們向聖母學習吧! 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Commentary on Luke 11:27-28 聽天主的話的更有福氣 In today’s Gospel, we read that a woman called out to praise Jesus, she said: “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” That was a tribute to Jesus but also to His mother. When Jesus heard this, He […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 12


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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 […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 14


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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 […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 10


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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees

在今天和未來兩天的福音,耶穌指責經師和法利塞人七次,人們稱為「七禍哉」。今天福音記載了首三項。 耶穌首先指責他們:「禍哉,你們經師和法利塞假善人!因為你們給人封閉了天國:你們不進去,也不讓願意進去的人進去。」我們可從兩方面理解耶穌的話。一方面這是指經師和法利塞人拒絕耶穌,而祂本身就是天國的化身。祂宣講天國,藉著祂,所有願意的人都有機會進入天國。另一方面,經師們把律法詮譯得很複雜,令守律法變得近乎不可能。不論我們是父母、教師、神父或修女,我們也要檢討自己的行為有否阻礙別人走近耶穌,而自己也遠離祂。 耶穌然後指責他們:「你們走遍了海洋和陸地,為使一個人成為歸依者;幾時他成了,你們反而使他成為一個比你們加倍壞的『地獄之子』」這是指經師和法利塞人熱心歸化僑居在外的猶太人皈依猶太宗教。但他們卻向皈依者灌輸了錯誤訊息,使他們只注重形式和禮儀而不明白如何做才能得救。 耶穌再指責經師和法利塞人教導人指著聖所、全燔祭壇所起的誓不算,但指著上面的金子、供物就算數。他們本末倒置,只注視金子和供物,更不明白發誓的真義,是出於人對天主的信仰。我們要注意別讓物質成為阻礙別人接近天主的絆腳石。 Today and for the following two days, we read of the seven “Woes” that Jesus said against the Pharisees and scribes. Today’s Gospel covers the first three. Jesus first accused them: “You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 26


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Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

今天教會慶祝宗徒聖巴爾多祿茂的慶日。他在若望福音被稱為納塔乃耳。當斐理伯對他說耶穌就是舊約預許的默西亞,憑福音的描述,我們可以想像納塔乃耳聳聳肩,說:「從納匝肋還能出什麼好事嗎?」他對來自那地方的人沒有絲毫期望。但因著斐理伯對他的邀請,他還是去看看。 納塔乃耳跟伯多祿有點相似,他們在意識到耶穌是誰以後,便馬上明認祂是天主子。我們在此看到斐理伯做了一件很重要的事,他把耶穌介紹給他這位輕視納匝肋的好朋友,若非因著他的一句話:「你來看一看吧!」,納塔乃耳可能要拐好幾個彎才認識到耶穌。 耶穌讚賞納塔乃耳:「在他內毫無詭詐」,這是指他誠實、真摯,不會為取悅他人而說奉承話。讓我們也反省一下自己的一言一行,耶穌會否也稱我們「毫無詭詐」呢?如果未能做到的話,我們祈求耶穌的寬恕和協助,希望也能早日如納塔乃耳一樣,得到耶穌的讚賞。 一些記載指聖巴爾多祿茂是被活生生剝皮並釘死在十字架上,亦有傳統提及他是被斬首殉道。聖巴爾多祿茂的象徵物是一把刀子,表示他是被人用這把刀子剝皮,傳統圖像上也會出現手臂上挽著自己的皮。 聖巴爾多祿,為我等祈! Today, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Bartholomew. In the Gospel of John, he was called Nathanael. When Philip told him that he had found Jesus to be the Messiah, we can imagine him shrugging his shoulders as he said: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” He had absolutely […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 24


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Workers in the Vineyard

There are many come to the faith, yet but few arrive at the heavenly kingdom; many follow God in words, but ignore Him in their daily lives. Immediately two things come to mind. The first, that none should presume concerning himself; for though he be called to the faith, he knows not whether he shall […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 21


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The Rich Young Man

See the two kinds of life which we have heard set before men; the Active, to which involves, You shall not kill, and the rest of the Law; and the Contemplative, to which pertains this, “If you will be perfect.” The active pertains to the Law, the contemplative to the Gospel; for as the Old […]
Publish date: 2013 - 8 - 19