11 Aug Wed, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

8/10/2021 9:00:22 AM
Deut. 34:1-12 / Ps. 65:1-3,5,16-17 / Mt. 18:15-20 (Ps Wk III)

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A Christian does not belong to a club, group or organisation but the Body of Christ. It means that we are part of a community of believers and therefore are expected to lead a way of life that reflects our sense of belonging and responsibility to the community. In other words, no one can be a Christian alone. We are accountable to our leaders and other members. The leaders, on their part, work for the good of the whole community.

Moses was unable to go into the Promised land because God had commanded him not to do so. It was the result of Moses' failure to obey God completely during an incident in the desert. Although it may seem unfair that Moses, of all people, is denied entry into the Promised land after all that he had done as the leader, God holds Moses accountable, and for his part, Moses obeys God.

When Joshua becomes the new leader of the people, the burden of responsibility falls on him, and the people are now accountable to him and are expected to obey him.

Jesus tells the disciples that in their relationship with him and with one another, they should also have a sense of accountability and responsibility. Those who do wrong are to be held accountable by other members of the community who have to help the former realise their errors, repent and change their ways. The community leaders are responsible for judging the actions of those who have done wrong and decide for the good of the whole community.

Lord, help me be responsible and accountable to my community.   

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8月11日 ( 三 ) 常年期第十九週 聖嘉勒(貞女)

申命紀 34:1-12
聖詠 66[65]:1-3,5,16-17
瑪竇福音 18:15-20

「二人同心,其利斷金;同心之言,其嗅如蘭」(《周易‧繫辭上》),這中國古語可以用來引證和解釋今天福音中耶穌的教導。主耶穌臨在於我們中間的標誌之一,就是大家能夠同心合意地互相陪伴、勸勉和祈禱。查看普世或地方教會歷史,凡是結出善果的行動,哪個不是大家眾志成城的結果?教會經歷了各種艱難和挑戰,但因為信友們在基督內同為肢體的情誼和友愛,使她依然屹立不倒,且不斷散發活力。

「二人同心,其利斷金;同心之言,其嗅如蘭」(《周易‧繫辭上》),這中國古語可以用來引證和解釋今天福音中耶穌的教導。主耶穌臨在於我們中間的標誌之一,就是大家能夠同心合意地互相陪伴、勸勉和祈禱。查看普世或地方教會歷史,凡是結出善果的行動,哪個不是大家眾志成城的結果?教會經歷了各種艱難和挑戰,但因為信友們在基督內同為肢體的情誼和友愛,使她依然屹立不倒,且不斷散發活力。回顧自己在軟弱、固執與冷淡時,被身邊的神長和教友接納、支援和鼓勵的種種經驗,可以讓我們發現和感受到天主透過他們對自己的關愛。回顧自己為某一神聖意向與他人一起虔誠向天主同心祈禱的經驗,讓我們感受到天主無時或息地臨在與陪伴。回顧自己因缺乏勸人向善的耐心和技巧,雖有善意卻不能結出善果的失落與失敗,讓我們更加信靠天主而非依賴自己。

主耶穌,請賜我寬宏大量的心,好與人為善,和睦共融,見證祢在我們中間的親臨。

(theology.org.hk)
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