13 Sep Mon, 24th Week in Ordinary Time. St John Chrysostom, bishop & doctor

9/12/2021 6:41:48 PM
1 Tim. 2:1-8 / Ps. 27:2.7.8-9 / LK. 7:1-10 (Ps Wk IV)

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Being in authority has never been easy, and that is even more true today. We should certainly pray for those in authority - prayers for wisdom, guidance, and courage are appropriate. But what if they do not exercise their authority with justice and mercy? In those cases, we can pray for their transformation and enlightenment. It is easy to criticise, but we need to offer something positive.

The centurion in the gospel story represented the authority and power of Rome. He belonged to an oppressive occupying army. But he was very friendly towards the Jewish people and had even built their synagogue. The synagogue leaders urged Jesus to grant the centurion his request - the healing of his servant. The centurion told Jesus not to bother coming to his house - it was enough for him to give the order for the healing. He believed wholeheartedly in the power and authority of Jesus and trusted him completely.

Jesus marvelled at the faith shown by this non-Israelite and representative of Israel's enemy and oppressor. Many people outside of our fold show great faith, while many who belong to our communities at times show little. God reads the human heart and its intentions. Let us show great faith and look for examples of faith in the most unlikely of places.

Lord, deepen my faith.  

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9月13日 ( 一 ) 常年期第二十四週 金口聖若望主教(聖師)

弟茂德前書 2:1-8
聖詠 28[27]:2,7,8-9
路加福音 7:1-10

今天福音中的百夫長很值得我們學習。雖然他是外邦人,但從猶太人的長老口中,他是一個愛護他們民族的人,又給他們建造會堂。一個外邦人能獲得猶太人長老這樣高的評價和見證,甚至願意為他懇求耶穌施行奇蹟醫治他的僕人,大概說明這百夫長是多麼好的一個人。但他的好不止於此,因為縱使連猶太人都覺得他「值得」耶穌親自到來,他卻十分謙卑地認為「不堪當」。百夫長所說的一句話,正是現今彌撒中神父高舉聖體,並邀請信友恭領聖體時,我們的答話:「主,我當不起祢到我心裏來,只要祢說一句話,我的靈魂就會痊愈。」這短短的一句其實包含很多意思。我們承認自己的欠缺和不堪當嗎?我們需要天主嗎?我們願意聆聽天主的話嗎?我們承認自己需要接受醫治嗎?我們相信天主能醫治我們嗎?每當我們準備領聖體,說出這一句話的時候,也可以學習百夫長一樣的謙虛,懷著信德,以恭敬的心領受。

主,我當不起祢到我心裏來,只要祢說一句話,我的靈魂就會痊愈。

(theology.org.hk)
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