12 Aug Thu, 19th Week in Ordinary Time. St Jane Frances de Chantal, religious

8/11/2021 9:30:47 AM
Josh. 3:7-10,11,13-17 / Ps. 113:1-2,3-4,5-6 / Mt. 18:21-19:1 (Ps Wk III)

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As Joshua led the people across the Jordan on their journey to the Promised Land, so Jesus left Galilee (19:1) and went across the Jordan on his way to Jerusalem so that, eventually through his Death and Resurrection, he would guide us to the true Promised Land, the Kingdom of God.

Jesus thus concluded the first stage of his ministry, the Galilean stage. In his last few days before moving into Judea, He still needed to continue teaching and forming his disciples by answering Peter's question and emphasising his teaching on forgiveness. He was essentially echoing his teaching towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount: "You must therefore be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 6:12). Like a good teacher, Matthew frequently uses this technique of echoing earlier passages so that Jesus' teaching will penetrate more deeply into our minds and heart and we may grow in discipleship.

Lord Jesus, as we follow You on the way to the Kingdom of God, keep Your teaching alive and burning in our minds and hearts that we may always live in union with You. Amen.   

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8月12日 ( 四 ) 常年期第十九週

若蘇厄書 3:7-10,11,13-17
聖詠 114[113:1-8]:1-2,3-4,5-6
瑪竇福音 18:21-19:1

若蘇厄告訴百姓要走在上主的約櫃後面,因為唯在上主的帶領下,他們才能安然走過從未走過的路。上主給以民許下福地的承諾,於是我們聽到上主將要為以色列子民驅逐其他民族的預言。今天我們或許可以這樣理解這一預言:上主要逐漸淨化教會的生命,使罪惡的黑暗勢力慢慢遠離,使我們每一個人都能洗去罪惡的污穢,找到相稱於天主召叫的生命之路。這條路的確需要我們自己探索,但正如以色列離不開約櫃,我們的生命也離不開天主的臨在:祈禱、聖事之外,更要在教會的團體生命中找到自己的位置。因為受到召叫的不是某一個人,而是整個天主子民;我們每一個人,並不比其他人更重要,卻要承認,我們是在和他人的團結共融之中,在分辨中找到自己的召叫。福音中,耶穌提醒我們,要真實地實踐對人的寬恕,以達致團體的共融。

天主,我們懷著和若蘇厄同樣的心情,祈求祢臨在,賜給我們希望,帶我們走上一條革新的寬恕與修和之路。

(theology.org.hk)
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