13 Jun Sat - 10th Week in Ordinary Time - St Anthony of Padua

6/12/2020 6:21:06 PM
1 Kgs. 19:12-21 /Ps. 16(15):1-2a, 5, 7-8, 9-10. Mt 5:33-37 (Ps Wk II)

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In today's Gospel, Jesus is essentially talking about preservation; first of life, then of relationships and he dis-cusses the preservation of our integrity (the importance of oath-taking).

The Jewish culture placed a lot of emphasis on taking oaths as a way of entering into a covenant or a relationship with another. The Old Testament was filled with instruc-tions about vows and oaths.

The word for oath means to promise or to state an important truth. In the absence of other legal resources, the taking of an oath has an implied contract a commit-ment to the other party. It means that a person speaks with one's truth and that what he/she says has such implications on how he/she lives out the agreement.

We have oaths in our culture; Court Presidents take an oath upon receiving office, witnesses take oaths before testifying in court, couples take oaths with their marriage vows. All of this oath-taking implies a commitment to truth-telling. And the intention for behaviour is to follow the words that are spoken. We may not be in court or at the marriage altar, but we are speaking vows and oaths daily, and Jesus is challenging us on our integrity.

What kinds of oaths have I taken? In what ways do I live out those oaths with integrity? My relationship with God? My relationship with others?

O Lord, turn my heart to do Your will and may I remain faithful to my commitment in life.
   

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6月13日( 六 )   常年期第十週      聖安多尼.巴都亞

列王紀上 19:19-21
聖詠 16[15]:1-2,5,7-8,9-10
瑪竇福音 5:33-37


「是就說是」。回顧我的祈禱,感到好像有甚麼東西隔閡著我,使我不能深入地祈禱。後來明白到了,祈禱不是個場景設定,亦不是一個任務,更不是像個獵人設法埋下陷阱,想把獵物引入圈套。祈禱就是渴望,渴望與天主、與自己、與他人有個真誠平等的溝通。不太成熟的祈禱就如小孩子用撒嬌和「自我」去捆綁自己、他人和天主,使之成為交易或要脅。這個是我想要的,花了時間和精力,天主,祢就應該把這個給我,要不然祢就不是天主,或者我就不祈禱了,甚至,再也不信祢了。比較成熟的祈禱是沒有強求的。祈禱就是平等、開放和真實自我的展現,可以有嫉妒、憤怒、悲傷、流淚、喜樂、感恩……是個真誠開放的自我,是個是其所是,「是就說是」的我。

主基督,求祢賞賜我一顆純潔和開放的心去渴慕祢,如實地祈禱:我們的天父!願祢的名受顯揚,願祢的國來臨,願祢的旨意奉行在人間,如同在天上……。


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