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Posts Tagged ‘salvation’
 

 
Cut it off! A difficult message from Jesus

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus speaks with incredible bluntness about cutting off one’s own hand, cutting off one’s own foot, and plucking out one’s own eye. These are hard, stark, blunt, and surprising words! How can we make sense out of it?
Publish date: 2021 - 9 - 26


 
Pope Francis: This Gospel is the fulfilment of the promises and the salvation offered to all men

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians at the General Audience, which resumed on Wednesday following the summer break.
Publish date: 2021 - 8 - 4


 
“Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens?” (Acts 1:11)

“This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go” (Acts 1:11)
Publish date: 2021 - 5 - 16


 
Pope Francis: Ask for the grace to allow ourselves to be astonished by God’s surprises, not to hinder His creativity

(CNA) God wills the salvation of all persons, Pope Francis said in his General Audience Wednesday, reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 17


 
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


 
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


 
Prosperity as a Disease

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 19


 
Was Jesus sent only for the lost sheep of Israel?

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Whenever I read this passage in the gospel of Matthew, I always wonder if Jesus knew already the answer of the woman. Theologically He should, for He is true God and true Man. Therefore His refusal to attend the woman’s plea at the beginning is not a lack of sympathy […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 17


 
Greatest in the Kingdom of God

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 12


 
The Better Part

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 29


 
The Light Burden and Gentle Yoke

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Publish date: 2014 - 7 - 17


 
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


 
You Are the Salt of the Earth

In today’s Gospel, by saying, “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus signified all human nature to have “lost its savor,” and to be decayed by our sins. For this reason He requires of the Apostles to have such virtues for supervising the community of the faithful. For the meek, and yielding, and merciful, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 10


 
Giving God Glory

It is justly asked, how the Son can glorify the Father, when the eternal glory of the Father never appeared in the form of man, and because of its own Divine perfection, does not increase. But among men this glory was less when God was only known in Judea; and therefore the Son glorified the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 3


 
Flesh for the Life of the World

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of “the bread which I shall give”: this shows His power; for it shows that He was not crucified as a servant, subject to the Father, but of his own accord; for though He is said to have been given up by the Father, yet He delivered Himself up willingly. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 5 - 8


 
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


 
Not my will but yours be done!

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death.” (Phil 2:8) Have we ever contemplated what kind of sacrifice the Son of God offered to us by emptying Himself to be born in human likeness, taking the form of a slave? As Creator of all, He has […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 13


 
Jesus Christ, our God eternal

Our Lord expresses His meaning from today’s Gospel in the words, “You are of this world,” that is, you are sinners. All of us are born in sin; all have added by our actions to the sin in which we were born. The misery of the Jews then was, not that they had sin, but […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 8


 
Satan’s four lethal doses of BLINDNESS injections

Fourth Sunday of Lent The sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has redeemed us from The Fall due to the original sin committed by Adam and Eve as a result of Satan’s first temptation. Throughout the ages, Satan has never stopped His vicious attack to break our restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 30


 
Come, children, come… I will give you living water…

Third Sunday of Lent Jesus revealed Himself as Christ for the first time in the Gospel of John, not to a Jew, but to a Samaritan woman. And the woman did not harden her heart but believed in Jesus. She left her water jar behind her and became the first one (or one of the […]
Publish date: 2014 - 3 - 23


 
Worldly vs. Saintly Reasoning

How is this, that Peter, gifted with a revelation from the Father, has so soon fallen, and become unstable? For that Jesus was the Christ the Son of the living God, he had learnt by revelation, but the mystery of His cross and resurrection had not yet been revealed to him. Jesus, however, showing that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 20


 
Presentation of the Lord

獻主節(慶日) 這主日是聖誕節後第四十日,被教會定為「獻主節」。按照舊約法律的規定,每個首生的男嬰,都屬於天主,但父母能透過祭獻把兒子贖回(戶18:15)。同時,婦女分娩後滿了取潔的日期,也應到會幕門前,奉獻規定的祭禮(肋12:2-8),所以在梵二前這慶節也被稱為「聖母取潔節」。 事實上,耶穌就是聖殿的主,正如瑪拉基亞先知書預言:「你們所尋求的上主,必要忽然進入他的殿內。」(拉3:1)所以祂的來臨,是為與願意相信祂的人相遇;若瑟在聖殿把祂祝聖於上主,也不過是為滿全梅瑟的法律。 西默盎因聖神的感動和啟示,進了聖殿後認出救主耶穌,並讚美祂為「啟示異邦的光明,百姓以色列的榮耀」(路2:32)。這啟示在眾人前肯定了祂尊貴的身份,也在提醒我們,這萬邦的光明已臨到我們中間;雖然祂沒有罪,卻願意成為我們中的一位,經歷羞辱、痛苦和死亡。如希伯來書中形容,祂是個「仁慈和忠信的大司祭」(希2:17);透過親自經歷這些苦痛和試探,祂必能扶助同樣受試探的人。 在這獻主節,讓我們重溫主耶穌基督降生成人的奧秘,以及祂對我們的愛。讓我們全心相信這個因著愛而成為有血有肉的人的天主子,願意跟我們分享祂的天主性,並助我們戰勝誘惑和罪惡,一同邁進天主永生的王國。 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord This Sunday is forty days after Christmas, and is celebrated as the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. According to the Jewish Law, every firstborn male shall be consecrated to the Lord, and redeemed through an offering at the temple (Numbers 18:15). […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 2


 
Anticipating the Coming of the Saviour

匝加利亞這段讚美天主的頌詞,可算是在眾人前為他兒子若翰的身份和救主的來臨揭開了序幕。他論及天主如何眷顧和拯救了以色列民族,也曾向他們的祖先亞巴郎許下救恩;這被期待已久的默西亞,將要在他兒子這一代人中出現,而他預言若翰「要稱為至高者的先知」,並「走在上主前面,為祂預備道路,為使祂的百姓認識救恩,以獲得他們罪惡的寬宥」。 這「至高者」正是天主;出於祂的仁慈,耶穌基督來到世上「光照那坐在黑暗和死影中的人,並引我們的腳步,走向和平的道路」。我們在過去一年當中,有一直跟著祂走嗎? 明天就是記念耶穌基督降生成人的日子,讓我們用心反省,祂的來臨對我們來說有甚麼意義和訊息?為身邊未信主的人,我們又有沒有盡基督徒的責任,讓他們明白聖誕的真正意義? 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: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space 彌撒福音釋義 In this song of praise inspired by the Holy Spirit that came out of Zechariah’s mouth, a few things were reminded and revealed: the Lord’s covenant with their ancestors and the prophecy of the coming of a saviour were reminded; and the […]
Publish date: 2013 - 12 - 24


 
Salvation for All

今天的福音提到一位百夫長來到耶穌跟前,他的僕人病重在家,他只求耶穌說一句話,深信這已足夠治癒他的僕人。 值得留意的是這位百夫長並非猶太人,他是一位羅馬軍隊的軍官,駐守在猶太地區。而耶穌聽到他的請求,只考慮到這位外邦人的信德而立即回應,由此可見耶穌對猶太人和外邦人一視同仁。 耶穌在最後說:「將有許多人從東方和西方來,同亞巴郎、依撒格、雅各伯在天國裡一起坐席。」祂的意思:天國是向所有人開放的。耶穌來到世上,祂宣講的福音是為所有人宣講的。在這將臨期,讓我們默想耶穌降生成人的真正意義。 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: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 天國開放給一切相信耶穌的人. In today’s Gospel, we read that a centurion approached Jesus, for his servant was very ill at home. He asked that Jesus say the word and trusted that would be enough to cure his servant. What deserves our attention is that the […]
Publish date: 2013 - 12 - 2