11 Aug Tue - 19th Week in Ordinary Time

8/10/2020 7:04:01 PM
Ez. 2:8-3:4 / Ps. 18:14,24,72,103,11,131 /Mt. 18:1-5,10,12-14 (Ps Wk III)

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In the Responsorial Psalm, the Psalmist weaves two themes: God's Will and God's Word. In the first theme of God's Will, he sees doing God's will as an action to "rejoice" in; which gives him the feeling that "all riches were mine" (v 14); and is his "heritage forever" (v 111). Furthermore, he sees God's Will as his "delight" (v 24) and "the joy of [his] heart" (v 111).

In the second theme of God's Word, he speaks about God's "statutes" as his "counsellors"; God's "law" as holding for him more meaning than "silver and gold" (v 72); God's "promise" as "sweeter to my taste than honey in the mouth" (v 103); and his longing thirst for God's "commands" (v 131).

The themes of God's Will and God's Word are also mentioned in the Gospel reading (Matthew) and in the Old Testament reading (Ezekiel). In Matthew, Jesus said to the disciples, "it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost" (v 14). Therefore, to do God's will, would be to reach out to the children, who need Christ, in our daily life.

In Ezekiel, the prophet was asked by God to eat a scroll with God's words.

When he ate it, he said, "it tasted sweet as honey" (v 3).

What does all this mean for us? To do God's Will, we need to "listen" as God told Ezekiel (v 8). And as we listen and become familiar with God's Word, it will guide us to do God's Will.

Lord, grant us to know Your Word and do Your Will
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8月11日( 二 )   常年期第十九週     聖嘉勒(貞女)

厄則克耳先知書 2:8-3:4
聖詠 119[118]:14,24,72,103,111,131
瑪竇福音 18:1-5,10,12-14

耶穌對門徒的「誰是天國裏最大的」回覆,想必出乎門徒的意料和想像。的確,儘管我們常常聽從福音的訓誨,還是不自覺地陷入世俗的價值和標準的漩渦,隨波逐流。一方面在不斷設法追求高位、財富、權勢等;一方面在下意識地忽略、排斥身邊的弱小邊緣人。這狀況可能是自我保護的本能所致,但我們不能「只靠餅生活」,人的價值單單靠本能是活不出來的。

主耶穌的天國價值在不斷挑戰和邀請我們反觀自身。對比自己的高低尊卑、大小多寡、貧窮富貴等標準是否與祂的訓誨一致;反省自己的生活態度、與他人的關係是否太急功近利;留意自己是否能夠慷慨地去愛和付出,而不計代價和不求回報?

基督的要求可能為一些人是太高,太具挑戰性,但承認自身的限度、軟弱和無能為力,願意讓天主扶助自己的軟弱和承認主的大能本身,就是天國臨現的一部分。

愛護弱小、良善心謙的主耶穌,請讓我內化祢天國的福音價值,以祢的眼光看待世界和他人,以祢愛的典章和誡律,謙卑地做祢天國的小孩子。


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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