Wednesday, 7 October 2020

聖安德肋宗徒慶節

今天在我們之中有很多人能夠從網絡中學習到一些知識,因為互聯網刊載的知識或資源非常廣闊而且很容易找到。但是你們是否知道網絡中的資料不可盡信,有些是不可靠而且不正確的?因此我們要很細心思考與斟酌來閱讀有 關的資料或資訊。

你們是否有參考過網上所刊登有關信仰課題?我們是否可以相信那些資料?從某種程度上來說,的確我們可以學到一些皮毛。然而,我們不可以掉以輕心,最好是查証資料的來源,仔細考慮資料的可靠度或是有爭議性的?所以我建議最好是向受過培訓的傳道員或合格老師學習。聖保祿宗徒在今天的讀經裡提到:“信德始於別人的講道,而道是始於耶穌訓話。”希望每位教友們小心翼翼地分辨資訊的可靠性﹔如有需要盡量尋求合格人選來輔助,因為他們所傳的道理是教會所教導的。

聖安德肋宗徒慶節

放去我們的過去或是以往的處事方法是不簡單的也不容易。畢竟有些事情在一些人來說是那麼投入或是駕輕就熟而突然間要他們更改方法或是開始嶄新的發展,當然是不容易而且困難重重。但是在現實中,確實有很多事情在改變。在過去的時光裡該項方法非常管用且有效,可是到了今時今日它已成了廢物。因此為了不失去良機或挫敗,我們一定要與時並進,勇於改變和創新。

 在今天的福音中,耶穌見到兩位漁夫的兄弟,一個是西滿,也稱為伯多祿和他的弟弟安德肋正在湖中撒網捕魚。耶穌對他們說,“跟隨我吧,我要使你們成為漁人的漁夫。他們立刻舍下漁網跟隨了祂。”今天耶穌也很可能在召喚你,放下你的漁網,改變一下生活方式,再往前走,跟隨祂。那麼你是否願意接受該邀請,從此讓耶穌輔助及做你生命的向導?

Friday, 2 October 2020

Friday of Week 30 Year 2

Is it okay to cure on a Sabbath day? The Sabbath day is supposed to be a day of rest and worship. But in the Gospel, Jesus seems to be not following the rules of the Sabbath day. Throughout Jesus' ministry, we see that Jesus does not choose a special place, occasion or time to help and to heal. Instead, as long as Jesus sees a need, He would do something about it regardless of whether it is a Sabbath day or not.

The lawyers and the Pharisees were those who faithfully observe the Sabbath law. However, by Jesus' action, He simply showed them that there’s an exception; that the law of the Sabbath can be broken, as long as there is a good and valid reason to break it. Jesus is showing the lawyers and the Pharisees that the observance of the Sabbath day should be superseded by a more important need, in this case, the need to heal the man sick with dropsy.

If you were in Jesus' situation, what would you do? Would you simply let the man suffer from his severe sickness even if you could actually do something to help him? Or would you heal the man just like Jesus did? May our faith in God be made more real, alive and dynamic, by living it with acts of love, mercy, compassion and kindness.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Saturday of Week 34 Year 2

I believe most of us would want to keep healthy, especially as we age. We spend a lot of time and effort to ensure that we eat healthily, we go for regular checkups to detect diseases early so that such diseases could be treated early to have a better chance at survival, and we do many other things which concern the health and well-being of our body. But how many of us spend time and effort to keep our soul healthy? Do we go for confession regularly, and build our relationship with God for the health and well-being of our soul?

In today's Gospel, Jesus warns us: "Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap." If we are not vigilant; if we slacken in our spiritual health and allow sin to permeate in our soul and neglect to cleanse ourselves from sin by going for confession, we may find ourselves regretting for not taking care of our spiritual health. By then, it may be too late, and we may find ourselves away from God.

While it is good for us to be concerned for the health and well-being of our body, we should also not neglect to be concerned about the health and well-being of our soul, lest we find ourselves suffering physically and even spiritually. Let us remain vigilant and watch ourselves, so that when the time comes, we would be better prepared to meet the Lord.

Saturday of Week 33 Year 2

We sometimes here people saying words like: "you can't put a good person down" or "justice will prevail." Such sayings give us hope and encouragement that, no matter what, a wrong will eventually be made right, though not necessarily the way we expect, but it would be made right by God in His time and according to His plan. We do not know exactly when and how this will happen, so we can only leave it in the hands of the Lord instead of worrying or fretting about it.

In today's reading, we come across an example of how "you can't put a good person down" or "justice will prevail." In the reading, two prophets who have been a plague to the world, were finally killed by the beast that comes out of the Abyss. The people of the world were glad about it, since they thought that they have been finally gotten rid of the prophets. But God had other plans, and "after three-and-a-half days, God breathed life into them and they stood up, and everybody who saw it happen was terrified; then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, ‘Come up here’, and while their enemies were watching, they went up to heaven in a cloud." Indeed, "you can't put a good person down" or "justice will prevail", since the prophets could not be silenced or stopped, since God is with them.

What does this mean to us? As Christians, when it comes to doing what is right and just, are we willing to stick with it, knowing that eventually, "you can't put a good person down" or "justice will prevail?" We may face troubles or persecution, or even put to death, but we should not be worried or concerned, and continue doing what is right and just, since what we are doing is not for our own gratification or glory, but for the glory of God.


Monday, 10 August 2020

Saturday of Week 32 Year 2

Among the many tasks that the church needs to do, the one which is paramount is to go forth and preach the Good News. This means that the church is continuously on mission to bring the Good News to all. It also means that, at times, the church needs to send persons to places further away, or even far away, to bring the Good News to others. Thus, to enable the church to fulfil its duty and task in preaching the Good News with less delay or interruptions, it is necessary that the faithful support the mission of the church, especially in funds contributed and other supporting roles, so that those doing mission could focus on their duty.

Today's reading reminds us that "It is our duty to welcome missionaries and contribute our share to their work." This means that we not only need to encourage and support them, we also need to see to their upkeep and for other works of charity they may endeavour. As we know, doing God's work involves expenses, as nothing is free, and the more we are willing to contribute to missionary efforts, the more people can be sent to reach out to others, especially in areas where some of us may not be able to go ourselves.

The question we need to ask ourselves is this: are we contributing willingly, fairly and generously for the growth of the church and for its missionary efforts? Sometimes the little extra we offer could go a long way towards helping the church to continue in its efforts in bringing the Good News to all. May we be willing to give generously, just as God has been generous to us in many ways.

Saturday of Week 31 Year 2

It is a reality in life that we need money to survive, especially in the modern world we live in. Few things in life are free, and to ensure a decent existence, we need to have some money with us. But needing to have some money does not mean we end up focusing only on money, at the risk or expense of losing our relationship with God. The question we need to ask is this: do we use money or do we serve money?

One good example of how one should use money and not serve money is St. Paul. In today's reading, St. Paul tells us: "I have learnt to manage on whatever I have, I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength."

What about us? Are we learning to be like St. Paul and use money for the glory of God? Or have we allowed ourselves to become enslaved by money and serve money? May we come to realise our spiritual situation and what sort of relationship we have with God, and do something while we have the time and opportunity to do so.