1 Mar Mon, 2nd Week of Lent

2/28/2021 7:19:36 PM
Dan. 9:4-10 / Ps. 78:8,9,11,13 / Lk. 6:36-38 (Ps Wk II)

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Genuine confession of sin requires honesty and humility. Many people prefer to minimise their own responsibility, preferring to blame others or society for their failings. Nations and Churches do the same thing. Israel's temple had been destroyed, and the people led into exile in Babylon.

Daniel's prayer is a humble admission of sin on the part of the nation and a plea for God's mercy and healing, which was, of course, granted. No real healing and restoration can take place until there is acceptance of responsibility - it is the gateway to the future. We need to practice this daily. 'I'm sorry' are very powerful and healing words.

Jesus urges us to be merciful - not just because it is 'nice', but because God is merciful. If we want mercy, we have to give mercy. If we want forgiveness, we must be willing to grant it to others. If we don't want to be judged and criticised, we must refrain from doing this to others.

We live in a moral and spiritual universe. If we want to be part of God, we must be as loving and forgiving as God at least as much as we are able.

Lord, may I have a loving and forgiving heart! Amen. 
 


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3月1日( 一 )  四旬期第二週


達尼爾先知書 9:4-10
聖詠 79[78]:8,9,11,13
路加福音 6:36-38

達尼爾先知書大概寫於厄丕法乃為推行希臘化殖民政策之際,此人強迫猶太人改變宗教和放棄習俗。在今天選讀的片段中,達尼爾先知認為,如此的災禍是由於猶太人及其君王們沒有遵守天主的法律,也沒有聽從先知的勸告。但他相信天主是仁慈的,必會寬恕他們。

耶穌也在今天的福音中肯定,天主的確是以仁慈對待那些忘恩負義之人,並要求基督徒也應該像天主那樣慈悲。耶穌強調,像天主那樣以慈悲寬待仇人,才是基督徒的特別之處;如果基督徒只愛那愛他們的人,就與其他人沒甚麼區別了。

以慈悲對待他人,首先意味著不判斷。每個人都有自己衡量好壞是非的標準,也通常以自己的標準看待自己和他人。但事實上,我們不是別人的標準,只有天主才是。當我們不接受別的判斷標準,便會用自己的升斗量自己與他人。這樣,不是天主在判斷我們,而是我們在判斷自己。如果我們的標準是仁慈和寬大,就會給天主留出以其仁慈和寬大對待我們的空間。

天父,求祢使我們能以祢的慈悲和寬大待人待己。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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