神父講道 – 聖奧思定 (主教、師聖) (紀念) (週五) (2015年8月28日)

聖奧思定 (主教、師聖) (紀念)

恭讀聖瑪竇福音 25:1-13

那時候,耶穌對他的門徒說:「天國好比十個童女,拿著自己的燈出去迎接新郎。他們中五個是糊塗的,五個是明智的。糊塗的拿了燈,卻沒有隨身帶油;而明智的拿了燈,並且在壺裏帶了油。因為新郎延遲﹐她們都打盹睡著了。半夜有人喊說﹕新郎來了﹐你們出來迎接吧!那些童女遂都起來,裝備她們的燈。糊塗的對明智的說:把你們的油分些給我們吧!因為我們的燈也要滅了!明智的答說:怕為我們和你們都不夠,你們更好到賣油的地方去,為自己買吧!她們去買的時候,新郎到了;那準備好了的,就同他進去,共赴婚宴;門遂關上了。末後,其餘的童女也來了,說:主啊!主啊!給我們開門吧!他卻答說:我實在告訴你們:我不認識你們。所以你們該醒寤,因為你們不知道那日子,也不知道那時辰。」

—上主的話。

(21st Week in Ordinary Time – Friday)

(Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:1-13

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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瑪25:1-13  (得前4:1-8  詠97)  (聖奧思定)

耶穌對他的門徒說:「天國好比十個童女,拿著自己的燈出去迎接新郎。他們中五個是糊塗的,五個是明智的。糊塗的拿了燈,卻沒有隨身帶油;而明智的拿了燈,並且在壺裡帶了油。因為新郎延遲﹐她們都打盹睡著了。半夜有人喊說:新郎來了,你們出來迎接吧!那些童女遂都起來,裝備她們的燈。糊塗的對明智的說:把你們的油分些給我們吧!因為我們的燈也要滅了!
「明智的答說:怕為我們和你們都不夠,你們更好到賣油的地方去,為自己買吧!她們去買的時候,新郎到了;那準備好了的,就同他進去,共赴婚宴;門遂關上了。末後,其餘的童女也來了,說:主啊!主啊!給我們開門吧!他卻答說:我實在告訴你們:我不認識你們。所以你們該醒寤,因為你們不知道那日子,也不知道那時辰。」

 

默 想

  • 天國究竟是什麼?
  • 單從聖經及教會傳統,我們很容易以為天國是有一個實質的地方,好人會上升到那裡去,就是天堂了。
  • 經過現代釋經學、神學及科學的互動,教會漸漸接受天國未必是一個實質可以觸摸的地方,現在,有不少神學家以人生境界去描寫天國。
  • 明乎此,我們就會明白天國是一超越時空的狀態。沒有油的童女,只要靈台回復清明,立時,便會發現自己已有足夠的油,而且是和新郎在一起的了。