神父講道 – 將臨期第三週 (週六) (2015年12月19日)

恭讀聖路加福音 1:5-25

黑落德為猶太王的時候,阿彼雅班次中有一位司祭名叫匝加利亞,他的妻子名叫依撒伯爾,是亞郎的後代。二人在天主前都是義人,遵守上主的一切誡命和禮規,無瑕可指。但是,他們沒有孩子,因為依撒伯爾素不生育,兩人又都上了年紀。
有一天,正逢匝加利亞輪著他的班次,在天主前盡司祭的職務時,按著司祭的常例,他抽中了簽,得進上主的聖所獻香。獻香的時候,所有的百姓都在外面祈禱。有一位上主的天使站在香壇右邊顯現給他。匝加利亞一見,驚惶害怕起來;但天使對她說:「匝加利亞,不要害怕!因為你的祈禱已蒙應允,你的妻子依撒伯爾要給你生一個兒子,你要給他起名叫若翰。你必要歡喜踴躍,許多人也要因他的誕生而喜樂,因為他在上主面前將是偉大的,淡酒和濃酒他都不喝,而且,他還在母胎中就要充滿聖神;他要使許多以色列子民轉向上主,他們的天主;他要以厄里亞的精神和能力,在他前面先行,使為父的的心轉向兒子,使悖逆者轉向義人的心意,為上主準備一個善良的百姓。」匝加利亞遂向天使說:「我憑什麼能知這事可行呢?因為我已經老了,我的妻子也上了年紀。」天使回答說:「我是站在天主面前的加俾額爾,奉命來向你說話,報告你這個喜訊。看,你必成為啞巴,不能說話,直到這事成就的那一天,因為你沒有相信我的話;但我的話屆時必要應驗。」百姓等候匝加利亞,都驚訝他滯留在聖所內那末久。及至他出來,竟不能對他們講話。他們這才知道,他在聖所中見了異象;他成了啞巴,只好給他們打手勢。
匝加利亞供職的日期一滿,就回了家。幾天以後,他的妻子依撒伯爾受了孕,她躲藏了五個月,說:「上主在這些時日內這樣眷顧了我,除去了我在人間的恥辱。」

—上主的話。

(3rd Week of Advent – Saturday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1:5-25

5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; 15 for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they wondered at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb.
23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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路1:5-25  (民13:2-7, 24-25  詠71)

黑落德為猶太王的時候,阿彼雅班次中有一位司祭名叫匝加利亞,他的妻子名叫依撒伯爾,是亞郎的後代。二人在天主前都是義人,遵守上主的一切誡命和禮規,無瑕可指。但是,他們沒有孩子,因為依撒伯爾素不生育,兩人又都上了年紀。
有一天,正逢匝加利亞輪著他的班次,在天主前盡司祭的職務時,按著司祭的常例,他抽中了簽,得進上主的聖所獻香。獻香的時候,所有的百姓都在外面祈禱。有一位上主的天使站在香壇右邊顯現給他。匝加利亞一見,驚惶害怕起來;但天使對她說:「匝加利亞,不要害怕!因為你的祈禱已蒙應允,你的妻子依撒伯爾要給你生一個兒子,你要給他起名叫若翰。你必要歡喜踴躍,許多人也要因他的誕生而喜樂,因為他在上主面前將是偉大的,淡酒和濃酒他都不喝,而且,他還在母胎中就要充滿聖神;他要使許多以色列子民轉向上主,他們的天主;他要以厄里亞的精神和能力,在他前面先行,使為父的的心轉向兒子,使悖逆者轉向義人的心意,為上主準備一個善良的百姓。」匝加利亞遂向天使說:「我憑什麼能知這事可行呢?因為我已經老了,我的妻子也上了年紀。」天使回答說:「我是站在天主面前的加俾額爾,奉命來向你說話,報告你這個喜訊。看,你必成為啞巴,不能說話,直到這事成就的那一天,因為你沒有相信我的話;但我的話屆時必要應驗。」百姓等候匝加利亞,都驚訝他滯留在聖所內那末久。及至他出來,竟不能對他們講話。他們這才知道,他在聖所中見了異象;他成了啞巴,只好給他們打手勢。
匝加利亞供職的日期一滿,就回了家。幾天以後,他的妻子依撒伯爾受了孕,她躲藏了五個月,說:「上主在這些時日內這樣眷顧了我,除去了我在人間的恥辱。」

 

默 想

  • 聖經常以老婦懷孕來彰顯天主的無所不能。亞巴郎妻是這樣,匝加利亞妻也是這樣。
  • 那為何現代很少聽這些神蹟?
  • 這是因為現代人思想進步了,不再單以神蹟來看天主的無所不能。天主的大能在大自然的生命中,在人內心的意識中,我們都能經驗到。所以天主教會現在很少強調外顯的神蹟。
  • 相反地,一些基要派(原教旨主義)(Fundamentalism)便很強調外顯神蹟,因為在宗教發展上,他們還是停留在宗教的雛型階段。