260靈修 Jan.19, 2012: 馬可福音第十二章 Mark 12

第十二章

41 耶穌對銀庫坐著,看眾人怎樣投錢入庫。有好些財主往裡投了若干的錢。 42 有一個窮寡婦來,往裡投了兩個小錢,就是一個大錢。 43 耶穌叫門徒來,說:「我實在告訴你們,這窮寡婦投入庫裡的,比眾人所投的更多。 44 因為,他們都是自己有餘,拿出來投在裡頭;但這寡婦是自己不足,把她一切養生的都投上了。」

 

默想:

  1. 耶穌警告那些文士律法師,他們喜歡穿長袍招搖過市,喜歡人家在公共場所向他們致敬問安,又喜歡坐在會堂裏的特別座位和宴會上的首座;他們一方面貪婪地暗吞了寡婦的家產,卻在會堂中公開發表長篇的禱文。這樣的人,耶穌說「要受更嚴厲的懲罰」。相反地,耶穌卻讚揚一個女人,甘心地將自己全部的生活費用都獻上了。
  2. 這是價值觀的問題:貪婪的富人,貪得無厭,而窮寡婦卻甘心獻上所有。“大人物”被社會尊重,而默默無聞的女人,卻被神所讚賞。
  3. 我可能並不富也不窮,但我日常的抉擇都是被這兩者之一(富有的律法師或窮寡婦)所左右。我願意選擇效法哪一個?

 

禱告與筆錄:

繼續安靜在神面前,與神對話,並聆聽祂對我說的話。將心中的思想(心得),或是與神的禱告,記錄在「靈程筆記簿」上面。

 

Mark 12

41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. 43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

 

Meditation

  1. Jesus warned against those teachers of the Law who paraded themselves openly, whose prayers were a pious show, and whose greed was so great they would “devour widow’s houses”.  Such men, Jesus said, “will be punished most severely.”  For contrast, Jesus praised a woman who freely placed her last coins in the treasury.
  2. What a study in values.  The greedy rich man, who always wanted more, and the poor widow willing to give all.  The “great man” viewed with respect by society, and the insignificant woman, held in high regard only by God.
  3. While I may be neither rich nor poor, my choices are likely to be governed by the values expressed by one of these two.  Which of the two will I choose to be most like?

 

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.

 

 


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