神父講道 – 常年期第五週 (週一) (2011年2月7日)

恭讀聖馬爾谷福音 6:53-56

(5th week in Ordinary Time – Monday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 6:53-56

53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes’aret, and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, 55 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

—The Gospel of the Lord.


主日講道 – 農曆新春後第一主日 (2011年2月6日)

聖保祿三木及聖鄭安道 (紀念)
恭讀聖聖若福音 17:20-26

(1st Sunday after Lunar New Year)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 17:20-26
“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am 7 they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, 8 that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”
—The Gospel of the Lord.


Word of Life – Feb 2011

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Rm 8:14)

This passage is at the heart of the hymn Paul sings to the beauty of Christian life, to its newness and freedom. These are the result of baptism and faith in Jesus, which graft us fully to him, and through him, to the dynamics of Trinitarian life. By becoming one person with Christ, we share in his Spirit and in all his fruits, the first of which is becoming children of God.

Even though Paul speaks of “adoption” (cf. Rm. 8:15; Gal. 4:5), he does so only to distinguish it from the status of natural sonship, which applies solely to the only Son of God. Ours is not a purely juridical relationship with the Father, however, as it would be as adopted children, but something substantial that changes our very nature, like a new birth. This is so because our entire life is animated by a new principle, by a new spirit, the very Spirit of God.

And we should never stop rejoicing, with Paul, for the miracle of death and resurrection that the grace of baptism brings about in us.

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God”.

These words speak to our Christian life, into which the Spirit of Jesus introduces a dynamic tension that Paul summarizes as the contrast between flesh and spirit. By the word flesh, he means the whole person (body and soul), with all our inherent fragility and selfishness. These are constantly opposed to the law of love, and indeed, to Love itself, which was poured into our hearts (cf. Rm. 5:5).

In fact, those who are led by the Spirit must face the “good fight of the faith” (1 Tim 6:12) in order to curb all the inclinations to evil and to live in accordance with the faith professed in baptism.

But how? We know that for the Holy Spirit to act we need to do our part. In writing these words, St. Paul had in mind, above all, a certain duty that we have as Christians, that of denying ourselves and winning the battle against selfishness in its many and varied forms.

It is this dying to ourselves that produces life, so that every self-denial, every renunciation, every “no” to our selfishness is the source of new light, peace, joy, love and inner freedom. It is an open door to the Spirit.

Giving more freedom to the Holy Spirit, present in our hearts, will enable him to bestow upon us a greater abundance of his gifts and lead us along the journey of life.

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God”.

How can we live these words? Above all we have to become increasingly aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. There is an immense treasure in the depths of our being, but we are not as conscious of it as we could be. We possess an extraordinary wealth, but for the most part, it lies unused.

In order to hear and follow his voice within us more readily, we have to say no to everything that is against the will of God and yes to everything that is his will: no to temptation, with a clear-cut refusal of its suggestions; yes to the tasks that God has entrusted to us; yes to loving every neighbor we meet; yes to the trials and difficulties we encounter …

If we do this, the Holy Spirit will guide us, giving our Christian life that vigor, that savor, that zest and that brightness that naturally follow when it is authentic.

People around us will realize we are not only children of our own natural family, but sons and daughters of God.

Chiara Lubich

生活聖言 (2011年2月)

即使保祿談到「義子」 的名份,他這樣做純粹是為要澄清我們與天主唯一獨生子之間的區別。

這句聖言談到我們基督徒的生活,耶穌的聖神在我們內傾注了一份動力,保祿將這份動力濃縮在肉體和精神的對立關係中。當保祿談到肉體的生命時,他的意思包含肉身與靈魂,並具有本身的脆弱和私心,這正與愛的法律相違背,與那傾注在我們心中的天主的愛對立起來 。
事實上,凡受聖神引導的人必須每天「奮力去打這場信仰的好仗」 ,為能夠抑制所有邪惡的傾向,並能遵照在洗禮中宣示的信仰而生活。