1 Aug Sun, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

7/31/2021 3:21:58 PM
Ex. 16:2-4,12-15 / Ps. 77:3-4,23-24,25,54 / Eph. 4:17,20-24 / Jn. 6:24-35 (Ps Wk II)

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People often have short and faulty memories. They might look back on their own past - even an unpleasant one - and wish that they were there again. Forgotten is the pain, struggle, misery but all that remains is a romanticised and idealised memory.

So, it was with the Israelites - they had been freed from their bitter slavery in Egypt, but now that they faced difficulty, they wanted to go back. On our life journey, we can never go back again but must always move forward.

Ephesians advises the same - do not live as you did before you knew Christ; do not go back to the past. Do not live as the society around you, but only in the way you know is pleasing to the Lord.

The crowd asked Jesus the question many have: what must we do to please God and do His will? Jesus gave a short, direct answer: believe in the one who was sent - himself. That is not as easy as it may seem, for belief in him means obeying his commandments, doing his will, and always walking his path. Jesus then revealed that he was the bread that comes down from heaven, the bread with which we must sustain ourselves daily. The words of the Lord and our relationship with him must be our food and sustenance. Unlike other sources, this will never fail or let us down. As Jesus said later in this gospel, we must always remain in him.

Lord, sustain and strengthen me.   

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8月1日 ( 日 ) 常年期第十八主日

出谷紀 16:2-4,12-15
聖詠 78[77]:3,4,23-25,54
厄弗所書 4:17,20-24
若望福音 6:24-35

食物作為人最日常和最基本的必需品,最能代表人的物質需求。聖依納爵.羅耀拉說,世上的一切受造物,都是為幫助人達到欽崇、讚美、愛慕和事奉(或光榮)天主的目的,包括食物。可是,曠野的以色列人因渴求食物,不僅沒有信靠天主,反認為天主把他們領出來,是為了餓死他們。當天主為他們降下瑪納後,他們仍舊在貪,不作適量收斂,致使多餘的瑪納腐壞。

那些跟隨耶穌到荒野的猶太人也與他們的祖先類似。耶穌指出,他們尋找祂,「並不是因為看到了神蹟,而是因為吃餅吃飽了」。換言之,他們是因為耶穌可滿足他們的物質需求,而不是因為信服耶穌本人才去尋找耶穌。

天降瑪納與增餅都是神蹟。在若望看來,耶穌行的所有神蹟,都是為使人信賴祂的標記。真正的信賴是把對方當作主體,與對方之所「是」建立關係的態度。如果我們信天主,是為從祂那裏獲得利益,便是把天主當成了工具。這種瞄準天主之所「有」的「信」,最終只會使我們遠離天主本身,走向自己的私欲。

主,求祢垂憐我們的缺失。

(theology.org.hk)
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