Looking but not seeing! – 看見卻不領會

Jesus Walking With Disciples

Rev Paul Pearce

There are many fascinating questions, wonderings, and mysteries that arise when we reflect on the accounts of the resurrection of Jesus in the weeks following Easter weekend. One of the observations recorded about the various appearances of Jesus after the resurrection is the number of times those who knew him failed to initially recognize him. They were looking but not seeing!

There are so many times when we also miss the moment of being aware of God’s presence and care. We look at all of life’s distractions and miss seeing the beauty and grace of the moment. Take a moment to look around. Notice the smile of a friend, the chat with a family member, the laughter and play of children, and the emerging beauty of creation coming back to life in a new spring season are all reminders of some of the ways God comes to us in our lives today.

In his book To Bless the Space Between Us/ A Book of Blessings John O’Donohue challenges us to be more aware, in our looking at others and our world, to see God’s care and grace in each day:

Now is the time to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder of life.
Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourage you to live everything here.
See the gifts the years have given,
Things your efforts could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery

John O’Donohue

SCRIPTURE READINGS
Luke 24
Mark 4
Isaiah 11:1-23

PRAYER CORNER
God, help us to look at today through eyes focused on you rather than the distractions of our life. Help us to see the signs of resurrection and life happening around us today.


看見卻不領會

Rev Paul Pearce

復活節週末後的這星期內,每當我們反 思耶穌基督的復活,可能心裏會產生很
多有趣的問題、疑惑和難以理解的事。有觀察認為耶穌基督在復活後不同的顯
現,讓很多相信他的人認不出他來。這 正是因為他們看見卻不領會!

很多時候,我們同樣會錯過了明白上帝 的同在與關懷的一刻。因專注著生命裏
那些令人分心的事,而錯過了祂的美麗和恩典。花點時間環顧一下四周。你會留意到一個朋 友的笑容,與家人聊天的聲音,笑聲,小孩們玩耍,以及春天來臨創造的美麗在眼前展現,這些都提醒我們上帝今天怎樣來到生活當中。

在 John O’Donohue「我們之間的祝福/一本關於祝福的書」中,作者挑戰我們要多觀察我們 周圍的人和這個世界,每天便可體驗到上帝的關懷和恩典:

現在是釋放心靈的時候,
讓所有意圖與憂慮停止,
釋放自我內心的快樂,
喚醒生命的奇妙。
張開你的眼睛看朋友,
他的心認出你臉容是至親,
那些守望著的善意是何等親近,
鼓勵著你好好活著。
看到歲月給予的禮物,
費盡力也無法賺到,
你渴望擁有的健康,
以及看透奧秘的意念。

John O’Donohue

聖經閱讀:
路加福音24章
馬可福音4章
以賽亞書44章1至23節

禱告:
上帝,今日求祢幫助我們,叫我們把眼目放 在你身上,不要只看著世俗上的紛擾,幫助 我們領會復活的神蹟,以及今天環繞我們生 命中所發生的事。

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