First reading Acts 22:3-16

‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well as men to prison in chains as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify, since they even sent me with letters to their brothers in Damascus. When I set off it was with the intention of bringing prisoners back from there to Jerusalem for punishment.
  ‘I was on that journey and nearly at Damascus when about midday a bright light from heaven suddenly shone round me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” I answered: Who are you, Lord? and he said to me, “I am Jesus the Nazarene, and you are persecuting me.” The people with me saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me. I said: What am I to do, Lord? The Lord answered, “Stand up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told what you have been appointed to do.” The light had been so dazzling that I was blind and my companions had to take me by the hand; and so I came to Damascus.
  ‘Someone called Ananias, a devout follower of the Law and highly thought of by all the Jews living there, came to see me; he stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight.” Instantly my sight came back and I was able to see him. Then he said, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Just One and hear his own voice speaking, because you are to be his witness before all mankind, testifying to what you have seen and heard. And now why delay? It is time you were baptised and had your sins washed away while invoking his name.”’

Responsorial Psalm 116(117)

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.
O praise the Lord, all you nations,
  acclaim him all you peoples!
Strong is his love for us;
  he is faithful for ever.

Gospel Mark 16:15-18

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them:
  ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’
25th January 2021 Monday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time – The Conversion of St. Paul.

Acts 22:3-16; Mark 16:15-18

“I am what I am by the grace of God”
Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, whose personal experience of Jesus’ loving mercy made him from being a persecutor of Christians to become the greatest apostle-missionary to the Gentiles. “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am…” (1 Cor 15:9-10). He knew that this transformation from a sinner to a friend-lover, from a persecutor to a missionary was by God’s grace and not by his own merits. That experience of being a forgiven sinner gave him the passion, the joy and the freedom to go and announce the Good News to all. Today, let us recognise that we too have been forgiven much and loved much by God so that He can work through our lives for the good of others.

Questions for reflection:
Have I experienced being loved and forgiven by God?
How do these experiences of God´s grace open me to be used for His purpose in the world?

25 hb Januari 2021 Hari Isnin Minggu Biasa Ke-3 – Pesta Pertobatan St. Paulus

Kisah Para Rasul 22:3-16;
Markus 16:15-18

“Aku menjadi diriku sendiri kerana rahmat Tuhan”
Hari ini kita merayakan Pesta Pertobatan St. Paulus, yang pengalaman peribadinya akan cinta belas kasihan Yesus yang mengubahnya dari penganiaya orang-orang Kristian kepada rasul-missionari terbesar kepada bangsa-bangsa lain. “Kerana aku adalah yang paling hina dari semua rasul bahkan tidak layak disebut rasul sebab aku telah menganiayai Jemaat Allah. Tetapi kerana kasih karunia Allah aku adalah sebagaimana aku ada sekarang…” (1 Kor 15:9-10). Dia tahu bahawa perubahan dari orang berdosa kepada yang mencintai sahabat, seorang penganiaya kepada missionari adalah atas rahmat Allah dan bukan dari dirinya sendiri.

Pengalaman sebagai orang berdosa yang diamppuni memberikannya semangat, sukacita dan kebebasan untuk pergi dan mewartakan Khabar Gembira kepada semua. Hari ini marilah menyedari bahawa kita juga telah diampuni dan dikasih Tuhan agar Dia dapat bekerja melalui kehidupan kita untuk kebaikan orang lain.

Soalan renungan:

Pernahkah saya mengalami dicintai dan diampuni Tuhan? Bagaimanakah pengelaman rahmat Tuhan ini membuka saya untuk digunakan bagi tujuan-Nya di dunia ini?

Hari Satu Minggu Selama Ka-3
St. Paul Nesal Ati.
Kereja Rasul 22:3-16
Mark 16:15-18

Aku nyadika aku diatu, ulih Nimet Allah Taala.

Saritu, kitai ngintu pengerami Penesal ati St. Paul, siko orang ti ngasaika pengasih penyinu Jesus ti mai iya ari orang ti beduan ka Orang Kristen nyadi Murid ti mai Berita Manah ngagai orang bansa bukai.

Laban aku tu rasul ke pemadu mit ari semua bala rasul, lalu enda patut dikumbai rasul, laban aku udah merinsaka eklisia Allah Taala. Tang ulih pengasih Allah Taala, aku nyadi aku ka diatu…” (1 Kor 15:9-10) Iya empu nemu ka pengubah ti nyadi ari siko orang ti bedusa ngagai kaban ti rindu, ari orang ti mechat nyadi orang ti mai Berita Manaj laban ulih nimet Allah Taala lalu ukai ari asil kereja iya.

Pengasai udah diampun meri iya pengeran, pengaga ati sereta pengelepas awak bejalai lalu nusi Berita Manah ka semua mensia. Saritu, aram kitai ngelala ka kitai tu udah diampun enggau dalam sereta udu dikerindu Allah Taala awak ka Iya ulih gawa nengah pengidup kitai ngambi pemadas ka orang bukai.

Bisi aku udah ngasai dikerindu sereta diampun Allah Taala?

Kati pengasai nimet Allah Taala muka aku awak nyadi perengka guna tuju Iya ba dunya tu?

2021年1月25日常年期第三周单数年星期一 圣保禄宗徒歸化


” 我就是今日的我因着天主的恩宠”

今天,我们庆祝圣保禄歸化的盛宴。保禄亲身经历过耶稣的慈悲使他不再是基督徒的迫害者,反而成为外邦人最伟大的宗徒。“我原是宗徒中最小的一个,不配称为宗徒,因为我迫害过天主的教会。然而,因天主的恩宠,我成为今日的我……” (林前15:9-10) 他知道他的改变从一位迫害者到传教士,是一位罪人到爱人的人,完全都是依靠着天主的恩宠,而不是他自己的功绩。



Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.