- 革責瑪尼園 (伊甸園)
- 流血汗 (必須汗流滿面)
- 帶茨冠 (給你生出荊棘蒺藜)
- 在十字架上 (生命樹)
- 為教會，他的淨配，犧牲生命 (監管失職)
- 在他的肋膀流出血和水 (亞當肋膀出厄娃)
I bought this little booklet from St. Timothy’s parish, called "One Bread, One Body" after the mass for WCCC 30th Anniversary. It contains the daily readings of Oct and Nov, as well as a short reflection. The reflection for tonight is very good….
Freedom of Speech
"What wretched man I am! Who can free me from this body under the power of death?" – Romans 7:24
I’ve been tired this year. When the alarm rings in the morning, on many occasions, I stand up and say out loud, "I’m so tired." I have been trying to discipline myself to turn my thoughts immediately to Jesus and say, "You’re so strong" (see Phil 4:13).
Years ago, I was trapped in sin. I’d go to bed at night and berate myself, saying out loud, "I’m so sinful." I would say the sinner’s prayer over and over: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner" (see Lk 18:13). Jesus set me free from my prison of sin and graced me to live a holy life (see Lk 4:18). Now I say out loud: "Jesus, you’re my Savior."
We’re constantly tempted to focus on our limitations. Jesus gave us a new nature so we can instead focus on His omnipotence. Are you broke? Say not: "I’m so broke." Instead, say: "Jesus, You’re my Wealth" (see Phil 3:8). Are you fearful? Say not: "I’m so afraid." Instead, say: "Jesus, You’re my Helper. I will not be afraid" (see Heb 13:6). Are you overwhelmed? Say not: "I’m so swamped." Instead, say: "Jesus, You are Peace beyond all understanding. I know You’ll work all things to be good" (see Phil 4:7; Eph 2:14; Rm 8:28). Are you in pain? Say not: "I can’t bear this suffering." Instead, say: "Jesus, you suffered in agony for me. I trust Your love will carry me through this cross."
Let Jesus remove any vocabulary of limitation and give you free speech. Let Him fill your throat with the high praises of God (Ps 149:6) and the gift of tongues to praise Him "very well indeed" (1 Cor 14:17). May He give you "a well-trained tongue" (Is 50:4).