神父講道 – 常年期第六週 (週五) (2012年2月17日)

恭讀聖馬爾谷福音 8:34-9:1

那時候,耶穌召集群眾和門徒來,對他們說:「誰若願意跟隨我,該棄絕自己,背著自己的十字架,跟隨我,因為誰若願意救自己的性命,必要喪失性命;但誰若為我和福音的緣故,喪失自己性命,必要救得性命。人縱然賺得了全世界而賠上自己的靈魂,為他有什麼益處?人還能拿什麼作為自己靈魂的代價?誰若在這淫亂和罪惡的世代中,以我和我的話為恥,將來人子在他父的光榮中,同諸聖天使降來時,也要以他為恥。」
耶穌又對他們說:「我實在告訴你們:站在這裏的人中,就有幾個在未嘗到死味以前,必要看見天主的國帶著威能降來。」

—基督的福音。

(6th Week in Ordinary Time – Friday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 8:34 – 9:1

34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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谷8:34-9:1    (讀經 ── 雅2:14-24, 26   詠112)
耶穌召集群眾和門徒來,對他們說:「誰若願意跟隨我,該棄絕自己,背著自己的十字架,跟隨我,因為誰若願意救自己的性命,必要喪失性命;但誰若為我和福音的緣故,喪失自己性命,必要救得性命。人縱然賺得了全世界而賠上自己的靈魂,為他有什麼益處?人還能拿什麼作為自己靈魂的代價?誰若在這淫亂和罪惡的世代中,以我和我的話為恥,將來人子在他父的光榮中,同諸聖天使降來時,也要以他為恥。」
耶穌又對他們說:「我實在告訴你們:站在這裡的人中,就有幾個在未嘗到死味以前,必要看見天主的國帶著威能降來。」

默 想

  • 耶穌不單在輕微地邀請我們去愛,他的門檻其實很高,也從來沒有降低,他請那些要跟隨他的人,要棄絕自己,要捨命。
  • 要跟隨耶穌,基督徒必須「死」,對自己所擁抱認為安全的依靠說「死」,對保留自我(自我中心的、自私的我)說「死」,如果做不到,我們是跟隨不到耶穌的。
  • 都說耶穌的門檻很高,他給予我們的,不單止是浮淺的平安,他一直鼓勵我們要划到深處,學會棄絕自己。
  • 「棄絕」一詞很熟悉吧,每年的聖週六,我們不是聽到領洗者齊聲表達願意:「棄絕自己。」