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我們的主、主耶穌基督、普世君王 11/26/2023

 

我們的主、主耶穌基督、普世君王(節日)

Fr. Fernando Cortez

 

今天的聖瑪竇福音慶祝生命,永生。永生就在此時此地!永生從哪裡開始?它始於我們怎樣彼此對待,最重要的是,承認大家都是兄弟姐妹,不單止是對我們重要的人,而是每個人。基督將與祂的天使一起在榮耀中降臨和審判,這意味著拯救,糾正事情並帶領祂的子民回到天主身邊。如果我們彼此接受,祂也會接受我們。天父把這個權柄賜給主耶穌來統治所有人。沒有例外。

日復一日,世界已經忘記、忽略了許多人。我們是驅散天主的羊群的牧羊人。所以,就好像厄則克耳先知描述的神聖牧羊人一樣,天主來向我們和每個人揭示回家的路。沒有人能做到這一點,只有天主的聖子、善牧和神聖審判者主耶穌才能做到。如果我們憐憫其他人,我們在祂內有憐憫。

在這個人生中,我們要承認所有人都是我們的兄弟姊妹。所以,我們需要幫助那些最需要幫助的人。厄則克耳先知和主耶穌教導我們誰是我們的兄弟姊妹。他們是這個世界上「最小的」。他們是「anawim = 神貧的人」,是窮人中最窮的人。他們有名字,他們有生存的理由,他們是人。他們和我們一樣,有父母、兄弟姊妹、妻子、丈夫和孩子。有些人忘記了它們並假裝它們不存在。

我們應該為「神貧的人同窮人」做些什麼?

給他們好食物,給他們好飲品。歡迎他們,即使我們不認識或不理解他們。請記住,陌生人和外國人對天主來說是特別的。供給他們衣服、住所、保護和安全,使他們免受傷害。

許多兄弟姊妹都是囚犯,有些人像奴隸一樣生活,他們和家人沒有金錢或土地。他們沒有朋友,也無地方可去。我們認識這些人:中國難民少數民族、巴勒斯坦人、烏克蘭人、委內瑞拉人、古巴人、阿富汗人、西藏人、韓國人、索馬利亞人、蘇丹人和海地人。

有時是我們自己家裡的窮人。可能是飢餓,也可能是孤獨。有時我們自己的親人也在默默也受苦。如果我們為這些人中的任何一個人做某些事情,那就是為主耶穌做的。祂在我們遇到的每個人身上,以及在我們忽略的每個人身上。

最後,如果我們想要聖保祿向我們表明的永生,那麼我們必須在死前效法主耶穌。死亡是像主耶穌一樣的最後一個例子。他和我們所有人都像死去的亞當。為什麼不是我們? 但在我們效法主耶穌最後的榜樣之前,讓我們在生活中效法祂的榜樣,趁我們擁有生命並且擁有豐盛的生命。天主豐厚祝福我們! 捉緊這個機會,跟隨主耶穌。

 


 

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Fr. Fernando Cortez

 

Matthew’s Gospel today celebrates life, life eternal. Eternal life is here and now! Where does it begin? It begins in how we treat each other and most important, recognize that we are all brothers and sisters, not just the people who matter to us, but everyone.

Christ will come in glory with his angels to judge, which means to save, to set things right and take his people back home to God. If we accept each other, he will accept us. God the Father gave this authority to Jesus over everybody. No exceptions.

The world has forgotten and ignored so many people, day after day. We are the shepherds who scatter God’s flock. So, like Ezequiel’s holy Shepherd, God has come to shows us and everyone the way back home to him. No one can do this, only God’s own Son, Jesus the Good Shepherd and Divine Judge. In Him we have mercy, if we show mercy.

In this life we are to recognize all persons as our brothers and sisters. So, we need to help those most in need of help. Ezequiel and Jesus teach us who are our brothers and sisters. It is the “least ones” of this world. They are “anawim”, these are the poorest of the poor. They have names, they have reason live, they are human beings. They have mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives, husbands and children, just like us. Some people forget them and pretend they do not exist.

What should we do for them?

Feed them with good food, give them good things to drink.

Welcome them, even if we do not know or understand them.

Remember, strangers and foreigners are special to God.

Cloth them, provide a home, protection and safety from harm.

Many brothers and sisters are prisoners, some live like slaves, no money or land for themselves and their families. They have no friends, no where to go..

We know these people: Chinese refugee minorities, Palestinians, Ukrainians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Afghani, Tibetans, Koreans, Somalis, Sudanese and Haitians.

Sometimes the poor in our own families. It might be hunger or it might be loneliness. Sometimes our own relatives suffer quietly…

If we do something for any of these people, it is done to Jesus Himself. He is in everyone we meet, and everyone we ignore.

Finally, if we want the eternal life Saint Paul shows us, then we must imitate Jesus before we die. Dying is the last example of being like Jesus. He and all of us are like Adam who died. Why not us? But before we follow the last example of Jesus let us try to follow his example in life, while we have life and have it in abundance. God we greatly bless us! Take a chance and follow Jesus…