Tuesday, 18 April 2017

复活节第二周星期五

在我们的日常生活里,很有可能会得到贵人的帮助。他们会理清一些事情, 因为他们知道生活中需要有心思的平衡点,让我们有机会以平静,无偏见且更理性的做出正确的选择。在今天的读经里,就出现了一位法利赛贵人名叫加玛里耳 。他是当时赫赫有名且备受敬仰的法学士。就是因为他的聪明和智慧,而能说服法利赛人对宗徒们的妒忌心。 他对众议会说,“目前,假如他们所做的一切事项是出自人为的,那么该事项将会最终瓦解,反之,若是该事项来自天主的,我们无论如何都无法销毁它,反而会触犯天主的圣意。”

有些人为了光荣天主而行善,那么我们是否要阻止他们?很有可能我们当中会有一些人对外人(非教友)的做法和成就起了妒忌心,他们觉得脸上无光而提出各种理由去阻止事项的发生。我们是否有想到他们的出发点并非为自己,而是为了光荣天主而为的。那么我们和被妒忌,自私和高傲蒙蔽眼睛的法利赛人,又有何区别呢?最终,我们会后悔因为自私自利,目中无人的关系。为何要阻止别人行善呢?难道我们那么高傲又自私吗?在主的葡萄园里耕耘者,难道不是为了光荣天主吗?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

圣周星期三

有时候我们会听闻一个人,为了某些理由会出卖另外一位。这些理由诸如自私自利,贪婪,钱财纠纷,妒忌心,报仇等等。可是出卖者完全没有发觉到,在最后时刻却得不到应许的酬劳,更可能导至杀身之祸。我们知道很多类似的案例:出卖者最终被雇主杀死为了消灭一切证据,因为不相信当事人会保守秘密,只相信死人才不会透露任何消息。

今天的福音中,我们知道犹达斯为了贪图三十块银钱而出卖耶稣。在星期一的福音里,我们已经知道犹达斯是个盗贼。他掌管银库而顺便盗取任何献捐的款项。三十块银钱是一笔可观的数目,当然难以抗拒。问题出在他和耶稣的友情是否那么淡薄,可以用三十块银钱去作交易?你们知道吗,当时的三十块银钱就可以买到一个奴仆。在众教友之中,有很多人就好像犹达斯那样,完全没有顾及犯罪的后果。很多教友只顾短暂满足私欲遍情的乐趣,而没想到长远的严重后果。因为这些教友已经被私欲冲昏了头脑,忘了自己在出卖自己的灵魂。为何为了满足短暂的私欲而情愿犯罪,却把天主和我们的密切关系抛在脑后?可能也因此会失去永恒的生命!难道永恒的生命不比那些短暂的罪行,给予的乐趣和满足,更珍贵和更有价值吗?

圣周星期二

天主赋予世人各种各样的生活选择。有时候我们选的很恰当,但是也有很多选择不明智。无论如何,天主都不离不去的邀请我们活在祂的爱中。可是很不幸的,有些人还是选择避开天主,因为那是自由选择的后果。但不要忘记,你要为自己所选择的负起全部责任。

今天的福音里,提到两位做了选择对象的门徒。虽然犹达斯跟随耶稣那么久,最后还是出卖了祂。伯多禄自告奋勇说:死都不会离开耶稣。可是,遇到考验时,他却否认了祂。两者之间有何区别?犹达斯根本没有后悔他出卖耶稣,但是后来他选择自尽了;但是伯多禄就不同,他非常后悔三次否认了耶稣,因而祈求主的宽恕和原谅。

到底教友们作了那项选择或者将会做决定?是否好像犹达斯那样,弃绝耶稣而我行我素?或是学习伯多禄的明智行为:知错必改,且寻求主的宽恕和原谅,更密切的跟随祂。希望大家作明智的选择,要不然,将来得享永生的美梦就会泡汤的。

圣周星期一

有些人外表看来斯斯文文,但是心里却是别有目的,而且是非常狡猾和阴险。他们对准时机抢先把机会占为己有,大捞一笔。反之,他们将影藏不漏,等待时机再出击。

今天的福音里所提到的依斯加略人犹达斯就是类似旳人物。他并没有关心其他人的福利,他只顾自己的利益。他说,“为何不把那么多的香松油以三百块银钱卖了,好把钱拿去帮助穷人?”他如此说并非是因为想帮助穷人而是为了自己。福音中还说明犹达斯是个盗贼;由于他掌管财务的方便,他更是把别人献捐的占为己有。 除此之外,那些大祭司也是类似的人物,他们只顾自己,自私自利。他们最重要的事是怕失去众人的支持,更胆敢决定谋害拉匝禄。就因为如此,很多犹太人离开他们来跟随和信从耶稣。

我们的立场是什么?是否一切只顾自己的利益而为?是否为了自己的私欲和需要而不惜撒谎,欺骗,出卖或谋害他人?请不要被自己的愚蒙冲昏了头脑而干下伤天害理的事情。记得人在做,天主在看,最终你要为你所干下勾当而负上全部的责任。( 玛窦福音16:27 )

Sunday, 15 January 2017

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

From a young age, we were constantly taught and reminded to be strong and stand up for our rights. We were exposed to an environment where we must be the best, never lose out, be aggressive so that we protect what we think is rightfully ours, and to be rough and tough to prevent others from taking advantage of us. All these things taught us to be "wise" in worldly affairs, so that we would be able to live and prosper in this world.

However, today's Gospel paints us a different set of values: the values of the Kingdom or the beatitudes. Instead of being the best, never lose out, aggressive, rough and tough; the Gospel tells us: "Happy are the poor in spirit; happy the gentle; happy those who mourn; happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right; happy the merciful, happy the pure in heart, happy the peacemakers, happy the persecuted." It seems as if it is the weak, the powerless, the gentle and the ones who patiently endure suffering or persecution that are blessed. If we were to think like the rest of the world, then of course such values seem hard or even impossible to understand or even follow. But if we look at the second reading, St Paul reminds us: "it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything.” When we allow ourselves to be consumed with power, violence, hatred and revenge, we will only experience the same things – power, violence, hatred and revenge.

So how do we get ourselves out from a potential mess and a vicious circle of fear, distrust and self-preservation? Jesus gives the answer, by teaching us an alternative set of values in today's Gospel. These values will transform our world into the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of peace, joy and love. Jesus counters the values of greed with values of simplicity; values of power with values of weakness; values of seeking revenge with values of mercy and forgiveness; values of dishonesty with values of honesty; values of violence with values of peace. Some may say: "But all these values sound impossible or improbable for us humans to carry out. Jesus is different, for He is God." But we must not forget that Jesus is God who became one of us. Throughout His life and ministry, He showed us how to be humble, powerless, non-violent; living a life of poverty, being gentle, hungering for righteousness, showing mercy, being a peacemaker and finally enduring persecution, suffering and even death on the cross. It is not impossible or improbable to do, if we let Jesus be our guide and walk in His ways.

So today, as the first reading tells us, let us "Seek the Lord, all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility: you may perhaps find shelter on the day of the anger of the Lord." When we strive to do so and live in His ways, then we will discover that it is when we are weak, we are truly strong.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Monday of Week 1 Year 1

When a young man feels called to the priesthood, he has to undergo a process and pass through several steps such as interviews, several tests, journeying with the vocation director for some time, meeting the bishop several times, letter of application, etc. When accepted, he stays several years in the seminary for intensive formation which includes studies in Philosophy and Theology. The seminarian is also exposed to various pastoral experiences in different environments, including parish assignments, spending time with the poor, marginalised and less fortunate, and many other situations a priest may encounter in ministry. This is to test the young man's physical, psychological and moral stamina, to ensure that he is fully aware and ready for the tasks ahead. Only after successfully going through these many stages that the young man may ask to be ordained.

Jesus' disciples did not undergo such a process as we do today, but they had a somewhat similar orientation. Today's Gospel tells us that Andrew and Simon were simply casting their nets in the lake while James and John were putting their nets in order when Jesus called them: "Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men." They left everything in the boat and followed Jesus immediately. That instant, willing and ready! No hesitation! No ifs or buts! They had their "seminary formation" with Jesus for only three years or even less. All but one passed with flying colors and after that, they went on a super charged mission in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

Today we give thanks for the many young men and women who have answered God's call, just as the disciples did, to go forth and preach the Good News. What about the rest of us? Have you answered God's call to preach the Good News? Have you offered your lives to serve Him as His priests and religious? May you find it in your hearts to be generous, willing and enthusiastic to answer His call, and go into His vineyard, for His greater glory.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dec 27 - Saint John, Apostle, Evangelist - Feast

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. He was the son of Zebedee, a fisherman, brother of Saint James the Great, one of the Sons of Thunder, a disciple of Saint John the Baptist and a friend of Saint Peter the Apostle. He was called by Jesus during the first year of His ministry and traveled everywhere with Him. He took part in the Last Supper. He was the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Saviour in the hour of His Passion, standing at the foot of the cross. He was made guardian of Our Lady by Jesus and took her into his home. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb and when he met the Risen Lord at the Lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognise Him. How was he able to go through all these events and situations? Because ultimately, Saint John the Evangelist showed and taught us what it really means to love.

The word "love" has been used and abused so rampantly, that it may have lost its meaning. This is because, if you really and truly love someone, you will do anything and everything for his or her best, even to the point of sacrificing your very own life like Jesus and many others did. Such love is expensive, costly and not easy to find, since the one who loves is putting everything at stake, no holding back, no hesitation. In the case of Saint John the Evangelist, it is such expensive love which was his guiding principle or motto, and it is what we should follow or emulate. May we learn to love with such intensity, genuineness and courage, that others may come to know the love of Christ.