11 Sep Sat, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

9/10/2021 11:19:01 AM
1 Tim. 1:15-17 / Ps. 112:1-2,3-4,5,6-7 / Lk. 6:43-49 (Ps Wk III)

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In his letter to Timothy, Paul mentions his former sins and his call and repentance and ministry. The point he is trying to make is that Christ came into the world for sinners like him. Paul declares himself to be the greatest of sinners because he formerly persecuted the Church. Therefore, Paul's total conversion from sin to ministry becomes the moral example for Timothy and all Christians. In other words, Paul is saying, "I am a good example of what can happen if you turn to and trust in Christ."

Christians are not always perfect when called, but they are expected to be totally converted to God in Christ. They cannot be people who profess "Lord, Lord" but do not keep the commandments of God. Those who call upon the name of Jesus must demonstrate the reality and the quality of the relationship. They will only be able to do this if they hear his Word and put it into action.

Jesus uses two different fruit-tree images to make the point about the source of a person's action. The fruit tells whether or not the tree is healthy. Our actions verify our true relationship with God. Jesus also uses the image of the two builders to emphasise that those whose faith is founded on God's commandments is like a man who builds his house on the rock. It will remain strong. But those whose faith is not built on God's commandments is likened to a man who builds his house on sand. In times of trouble and trials, it will be "washed away".

Lord, may my faith be founded on Your Word.   

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9月11日 ( 六 ) 常年期第二十三週

弟茂德前書 1:15-17
聖詠 113[112]:1-2,3-4,5,6-7
路加福音 6:43-49

讀經一有些吊詭:保祿認為自己是基督所拯救的罪人中的魁首,這反而就是他所結的善果,從他內心所生出的善念和堅固的信仰基礎 ── 使信仰的房屋得以經得起任何的衝擊。如果有人認為自己是沒有瑕疵,或自我感覺不錯,那他可能還需要繼續淨化。皈依後的保祿,不再像之前那樣自負和輕狂,反而是更謙卑地、踏實地、堅毅地向人展示復活的基督。

真正體驗過基督憐憫的信友,不但愈來愈清楚自己靈魂的狀況,且變得謙虛,懂得擔待和包容他人的局限、在信仰路上的徘徊不前。他們不再會認為自己比他人更聖善,反而會將自己的轉變和善行歸於基督的德能。保祿的榜樣邀請我們反思自己信仰生活的狀態,以及與主、與人的關係,邀請我們言行一致,勉力實行基督的教導,結出相稱的果實。

主耶穌,請淨化我的自以為是,扶助我靈性生命的惰怠,教我勇於實踐祢的福音。

(theology.org.hk)
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