Posted 10 月 26, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

何時結果?

正在那時,來了幾個人把有關加里肋亞人的事,即比拉多把他們的血,與他們的祭品攙和在一起的事,報告給耶穌。他回答說:「你們以為這些加里肋亞人,比其他所有的加里肋亞人更有罪,才遭此禍害嗎?不是的。我告訴你們:如果你們不悔改,你們都要同樣喪亡。或如史羅亞塔倒下,而壓死的那十八個人。你們以為他們比耶路撒冷的其他居民罪債更大嗎?不是的。我告訴你們:如果你們不悔改,你們都要同樣喪亡。」

耶穌又講了這個比喻說:「有一個人曾將一棵無花果樹,栽在自己的葡萄園內。他來在樹上找果子,但沒有找到,便對園丁說:「你看,我三年來在這棵無花果樹上找果子,但沒有找到,你砍掉它吧!為什麼讓它白佔土地呢?」園丁回答他說:「主人!再留它一年吧!待我在它周圍掘鬆泥土,加上肥料;將來若結果子便算了;不然的話,你就把它砍掉吧!」
路加福音 13:1-9

Sycomoros_old-effect在今天的福音中,有些人向耶穌報告數個加里肋亞人被比拉多殘暴折磨致死的事。耶穌趁著這個機會去糾正他們的思想,並提醒所有人及時悔改的重要性。

耶穌說:「你們以為這些加里肋亞人,比其他所有的加里肋亞人更有罪,才遭此禍害嗎?不是的。」當時的人認為若一個人遭逢不幸,一定是因他犯罪而被天主懲罰。耶穌教導他們不要猜測別人遭遇不幸的原因,而要從中領悟生命無常,死亡可能隨時降臨,因此人要把握時間,及時悔改。

耶穌之後說了無花果樹的比喻。那棵三年都沒有結果子的無花果樹代表聽了耶穌宣講卻沒有回應的人,這些人本來不會得救;但耶穌卻代為求情,願意他們得拯救。

當生活風平浪靜時,我們往往忘記了生命是有期限的。人每每看到災難的發生才猛然醒悟生命的無常。讓我們提醒自己和身邊的親友及時悔改的必要。

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, 常年期第廿九週星期六

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.$0″2$
Luke 13:1-9

In today’s Gospel, some people told Jesus about the slaughter of the Galileans by Pilate. Jesus used this opportunity to correct their thinking, as well as to remind everyone the immediate call to repent.

Jesus said: “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means!” People at the time often think misfortunes are punishments by God. Jesus taught them not to speculate about the reasons behind people’s misfortunes, but to learn that death could come at any time. People are called to repent immediately.

Jesus told a parable to illustrate His point. The fig tree which never bore fruit in three years represent those who did not respond to Jesus’ preaching. Originally, these people would not be saved. However, Jesus pleads to God on our behalf to give them a chance to be saved.

When life is good, we tend to forget our lives are short. When we see disasters happen, we are reminded of how fragile our lives really are. Let us remember the time to repent is now and urge our friends and family to repent.

This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following two articles: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第廿九週星期二


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