10 Jun Wed - 10th Week in Ordinary Time

6/9/2020 2:00:44 PM
1 Kgs. 18:20-39 /Ps. 16(15):1-2,4,5,8,11 / Mt. 5:17-19 (Ps Wk II)

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Elijah, the prophet of the Lord, directly confronted the prophets of the pagan god Baal. Over 400 prophets of Baal went into a frenzy of activity trying to get Baal to rain down fire upon their altar and consume their bull, but nothing happened.

Elijah patiently and precisely repaired the altar of the Lord. He even poured many jars of water over the wood and the sacrifice. He asked the Lord to reveal that the Lord was the only God. Fire fell and consumed everything, including the water, causing the people to recognise that the Lord was the only God. We recognise the presence of God by the effect God has on our lives.

This passage from Matthew follows the Beatitudes, where Jesus shared how to live a holy life. In today’s Gospel, Jesus assured the people that he did not come to abolish the law or the prophets but to fulfil them.

We often think of the Hebrew law as being restric-tive, but if we look carefully at the laws given in the Old Testament, we will realise that they are based on the common good. So, Jesus was saying that we need to place the common good before our own desires. When we place God and others first, that is living a holy life.

Lord, help me to place You and others first. 
 

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6月10日( 三 )   常年期第十週

列王紀上 18:20-39
聖詠 16[15]:1-2,4,5,8,11
瑪竇福音 5:17-19


厄里亞這個名字的意思是:「我的天主是雅威」,也是讀經一傳達的主要訊息。當天主的人厄里亞先知以一敵眾,戰勝了邪神巴耳的四百五十個先知之後,全體人民都俯伏喊說:「雅威是天主,雅威是天主!」

「我的天主是雅威」為厄里亞而言並不是一種神學思想,而是充滿生命的活生生信仰經驗。厄里亞曾指著他所服侍的永生上主、以色列的天主,對阿哈布起誓:如果沒有他的命令,天決不降露或落雨。期間,天主不僅派一隻烏鴉來給厄里亞送餅和肉,還藉著漆冬匝爾法特一位寡婦僅有的一把麵和一點油供養了他。後來寡婦的兒子患病死了,上主藉厄里亞的祈禱使孩子復生。年幼的達味說:「由獅子和狗熊的爪牙中拯救我的上主,也必從這培肋舍特人的手中拯救我」(撒上17:37),結果達味仗著「萬軍的上主,以色列軍旅的天主的聖名」,擊殺了使以色列聞風喪膽的巨人哥肋雅。每一次對雅威的經驗都堅固了厄里亞和達味的信仰。

主耶穌,祢是真天主,求祢幫助我們像祢的僕人厄里亞先知和達味王一樣,在我們的生活經驗中,真實的遇見祢。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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(theology.org.hk)

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