13 Aug Thu - 19th Week in Ordinary Time - Ss Pontian, pope and Hippolytus, priest

8/12/2020 7:32:49 PM
Ez. 12:1-12 / Ps. 77:56-57,58-59,61-62/ Mt. 18:21--19:1 (Ps Wk III)

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Only a forgiving spirit can receive forgiveness. This is evident in this parable of the "Unmerciful Servant", a dramatic story in 3 acts: Mercy, Cruelty, Justice.

The compassion of the King is truly extraordinary: he forgives entirely all the debt owed to him. He does not even demand any recompense. It is unconditional, wholehearted forgiveness!

The servant, on the other hand, is ruthless to his fellow servant, who owed him a mere pittance, which the latter was willing to settle soon.

It is clear that the forgiveness received from the King had not softened his heart to others. It is this unforgiveness that destroys all human relationships.

We receive extravagant mercy from our Father in heaven: extravagant because our debt to our Creator is immeasurable! Such grace we have received freely, demands responsibility; it requires an appropriate response, as we pray daily in the Our Father - "Forgive us our debts as we forgive those who are indebted to us." It is only in forgiving that we receive forgiveness.

This is living in grateful remembrance and constant awareness of the Father's unconditional care for us.

Lord, help me forgive without counting the cost!
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8月13日( 四 )   常年期第十九週

厄則克耳先知書 12:1-12
聖詠 78[77]:56-57,58-59,61-62
瑪竇福音 18:21-19:1

根據聖經資料,一萬「塔冷通」就是六千萬「德納」,一個「德納」就是工人一天的工資。這人欠的債是六千萬日工錢那麼多。六千萬日是多久?十六萬年?一個拖免十六萬年工資的人,一出門便扼住欠他一百天工資的人的喉嚨,逼他還債。我們會覺得,這人很可惡。然而,人經常會身陷在「身在福中不知福」的狀態中,感覺一切都是理所當然。

但一切都是恩寵。如果細想自己的出生,成長,身邊的人及大自然,植物和動物等等,會看到天主的奇妙化工,祂持續不斷地在其中勞苦工作。這就是天主,這就是我,這就是我和天主。如果用彩色筆去勾畫自己的一切的話,會發現生命就像太陽光,在空氣中折射出五彩繽紛的彩虹,閃爍著生氣勃勃的朝氣。

我主我天主,祢恩賜了我諸般恩惠,我誠心地感謝祢,願我能在萬事萬物中愛慕侍奉祢。


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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