每日聖言靜思 聖誕八日慶期第五日 (週二) 12月29日

信仰生活互動坊、塔冷通心靈書舍

路2:22-35  (若一2:3-11  詠96)

按梅瑟的法律,一滿了他們取潔的日期,瑪利亞和若瑟抱便帶著孩子上耶路撒冷去獻給上主,就如上主的法律上所記載的:「凡開始首生的男性,應祝聖於上主。」並該照上主法律上所吩咐的,獻上祭物:一對斑鳩或兩隻雛鴿。那時,在耶路撒冷有一個人,名叫西默盎。這人正義虔誠,期待著以色列的安慰,而且聖神也在他身上。他曾蒙聖神啟示:自己在未看見上主的受傅者以前,決見不到死亡。他因聖神的感動,進了聖殿;那時,抱著嬰孩耶穌的父母正進來,要按著法律的慣例為他行禮。西默盎就雙臂接過他來,讚美天主說:「主啊!現在可照你的話,放你的僕人平安去了!因為我親眼看見了你的救援,即你在萬民之前早預備好的:為作啟示異邦的光明,你百姓以色列的榮耀。」
他的父親和母親就驚異他關於耶穌所說的這些話。西默盎祝福了他們,又向他的母親瑪利亞說:「看,這孩子已被立定,為使以色列中許多人跌倒和復起,並成為反對的記號——至於你,要有一把利劍刺透你的心靈——為叫許多人心中的思念顯露出來。」

 

默 想

  • 西默盎因為一心向主,他十分幸福,他也自覺這份幸福感。他的幸福在於等候那位將要來的默西亞,那份儆醒,那份準備;終於給他等到了,他也接受小嬰孩是默西亞,並因此感到大可安然離世了。這份豁達與對上主的專注,既值得敬佩,且為人羨慕。
  • 瑪利亞聽了西默盎這番話之後,又作何所想?聖經沒有進一步描述,相信貫徹她一向作風,只會默存心中,反覆思量。究竟那把利劍,指的是什麼?小耶穌將帶給世界什麼面貌的影響?
  • 釋經學者解釋那把利劍,有將事物分別為聖與俗的作用,是人願意走向上主,還是離開天主?這一點,值得我們繼續深思默想。

神父講道 – 諸聖嬰孩 (慶日) (週一) (2016年12月28日)

恭讀聖瑪竇福音 2:13-18

賢士們離去後,看,上主的天使托夢顯於若瑟說:「起來,帶著嬰孩和他的母親逃往埃及去,住在那裏,直到我再通知你,因為黑落德即將尋找這嬰孩,要把他殺掉。」若瑟便起來,星夜帶了嬰孩和他的母親,退避到埃及去了。留在那裏,直到黑落德死去。這就應驗了上主藉先知所說的話:「我從埃及召回了我的兒子。」
那時,黑落德見自己受了賢士們的愚弄,就大發忿怒,依照他由賢士們所探得的時期,差人將白冷及其周圍境內所有兩歲及兩歲以下的嬰兒殺死,於是應驗了耶肋米亞先知所說的話:「在辣瑪聽到了聲音,痛哭哀號不止;辣黑耳痛哭她的子女,不願受人的安慰,因為他們不在了。」

—上主的話。

(Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 2:13-18

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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