13 Oct Wed, 28th Week in Ordinary Time

10/12/2021 12:53:15 PM
Rom. 2:1-11 / Ps. 61:2-3,6-7,9 / Lk. 11:42-46 (Ps Wk IV)

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For Paul, love was the centre of the Law and was shown by one's deeds. Paul was speaking to both the Jews and the Gentiles. They should not think that they could judge others for their evil deeds and then not judge themselves. God's kindness was meant to lead them to repentance, not to excuse their bad deeds. Paul reminded the people that God would be repaying them for their deeds - those who acted with kindness and humility would be rewarded while the selfish would be punished. Paul also reminded the people that God treats all people equally - there was no difference between the Jew and the Greek.

The passage from Luke continues this theme of love and judgement. Jesus called to task the Pharisees at the dinner party for neglecting justice and the love of God although they were faithful in tithing; they loved to be respected but were less concerned with justice and mercy than with outward piety. People of all religions have been guilty of this. The lawyers were chastised for burdening people and not helping them and for preventing others from gaining knowledge. Knowledge represented power then as it does today.

Lord, help me to act in love towards all people.  

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10月13日 ( 三 )常年期第二十八週

羅馬書 2:1-11
聖詠 62[61]:2-3,6-7,9
路加福音 11:42-46

被基督的愛與慈悲俘獲的保祿,簡要地指出我們人性中虛偽的部分,就是自以為義。我們生活在一個自我標榜的文化,無論是在教會內外,一不小心,便容易將自己活成別人的標準,忘記了我們的導師只有一位,就是為我們死而復活的耶穌。保祿提醒我們,不要判斷別人,因為我們正作著同樣的事。我們很容易看到別人眼中的木屑,而忽視自己眼中的大樑,用苛刻的標準衡量別人,卻不停的寬待自己。

在天主內,沒有半點虛偽,因為祂是內外合一的。在今天的福音中,耶穌義正辭嚴地指出了法利塞人的虛偽。他們貪慕虛榮,奉行法律外在的約束,卻忽略了法律的本質,即踐行仁愛的精神。法利塞人本末倒置了,因為天主喜歡仁愛勝過祭獻。更可悲的是,法學士們利用自己的學識,將不堪負荷的重擔加給別人,自己對重擔連一根指頭也不肯動一下。

主耶穌,祢是表裏如一的天主,求祢幫助我們看見自己的虛偽,少判斷他人,多反省己罪;更求祢幫助我們活出法律的真精神,就是祢所喜歡的仁愛。

(theology.org.hk)
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