神父講道 – 聖灰禮儀 (週三) (2012年2月22日)

恭讀聖瑪竇福音 6:1-6,16-18

那時候,耶穌對門徒說,「你們應當心,不要在人前行你們的仁義,為他們看見;若是這樣,你們在天父之前,就沒有賞報了。所以,當你施捨時,不可在你前面吹號,如同假善人在會堂及街市上所行的一樣,為受人們的稱讚;我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。當你施捨時,不要叫你左手知道你右手所行的,好使你的施捨隱而不露,你父在暗中看見,必要報答你。當你祈禱時,不要如同假善人一樣,愛在會堂及十字街頭立著祈禱,為顯示給人;我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。至於你,當你祈禱時,要進入你的內室,關上門,向你在暗中之父祈禱;你的父在暗中看見,必要報答你。幾時你們禁食,不要如同假善人一樣,面帶愁容;因為他們苦喪著臉,是為叫人看出他們禁食來。我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。至於你,當你禁食時,要用油抹你的頭,洗你的臉,不要叫人看出你禁食來,但叫你那在暗中之父看見;你的父在暗中看見,必要報答你。」
—基督的福音。

(Ash Wednesday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 16 “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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瑪6:1-6, 16-18    (讀經 ── 岳2:12-18   詠51 格後5:20-6:2)
耶穌對門徒說,「你們應當心,不要在人前行你們的仁義,為他們看見;若是這樣,你們在天父之前,就沒有賞報了。所以,當你施捨時,不可在你前面吹號,如同假善人在會堂及街市上所行的一樣,為受人們的稱讚;我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。當你施捨時,不要叫你左手知道你右手所行的,好使你的施捨隱而不露,你父在暗中看見,必要報答你。當你祈禱時,不要如同假善人一樣,愛在會堂及十字街頭立著祈禱,為顯示給人;我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。至於你,當你祈禱時,要進入你的內室,關上門,向你在暗中之父祈禱;你的父在暗中看見,必要報答你。幾時你們禁食,不要如同假善人一樣,面帶愁容;因為他們苦喪著臉,是為叫人看出他們禁食來。我實在告訴你們,他們已獲得到了他們的賞報。至於你,當你禁食時,要用油抹你的頭,洗你的臉,不要叫人看出你禁食來,但叫你那在暗中之父看見;你的父在暗中看見,必要報答你。」

默 想

  • 回到根本,回到純粹那件事的本質,就如耶穌在這裡提及施捨和禁食。我們要調校自己的動機,淨化不應有的、雜質性的機心,回到上主面前,在今天聖灰日開始。
  • 施捨的行為是結果,施捨的心出自一顆慈悲的心,顧及他人的需要,願意將自己有的與人分享;分施的也不限是自己剩餘的。
  • 禁食也一樣,絕對不是做給人看的,純粹是為鍛煉自己的意志,也是一種淨化,讓我們少一點依賴物質,學會克己、節制。
  • 因此,明白了自己禁食 (守齋) 的原因,就不要著眼在什麼可以吃什麼不可吃的細節上,例如守齋不可吃肉,即是可吃海鮮吧,那麼我在守齋時吃了海鮮、刺身都不打緊吧!
  • 人活著,不是單單在乎守規、不過線,最最重要是那本質上的精神與動機。