14 Aug Fri - 19th Week in Ordinary Time - St Maximilian Kolbe, priest & martyr

8/14/2020 3:36:40 PM
Ez. 16:1-15,6-,63 (or Ez. 16:59-63) /(R. Ps): Is. 12:2-3,4,5-6 / Mt. 19:3-12 (Ps Wk III)

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Ezekiel painted a very moving and sentimental picture of Israel's relationship with God. She was cared for tenderly from the time she was an infant, and on through childhood and young adulthood. She became a beautiful woman and God delighted in her. But she was unfaithful, turning away and pursuing lovers.

This is really a parable of human ingratitude towards God. But even after all this, God will take her back and restore her to favour. God does not give up on us. Let us continually count how God has blessed us and shown us kindness, and let us vow to be faithful.

Divorce is a difficult human situation. It shatters families and breaks hearts. Jesus insisted that marriage is not just a convenient arrangement, but something sacred. He elevated marriage to a very high level, pointing out that it is a very spiritual and noble undertaking.

But humans are weak, and many factors can conspire to destroy a marriage. No one is obliged to remaining a violent or abusive relationship, and some are not psychologically capable of entering into marriage.

Jesus acknowledged that not everyone would be able to accept or live up to this goal, but he encouraged all to try their best. This applies to every relationship and situation. We should always do our utmost to make them work. Staying power, perseverance, and patience are the best tools one can use.

Lord, help me always to be faithful.

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8月14日( 五 )   常年期第十九週    聖高比(司鐸,殉道)

厄則克耳先知書 16:1-15,60,63
(詠)依撒意亞先知書 12:2-3,4,5-6
瑪竇福音 19:3-12

他們不是兩個,而是一體了。元詞《我儂詞》,後改編為歌曲傳唱:「你儂我儂,忒煞情多,情多處,熱如火。把一塊泥,捏一個你,塑一個我,將咱兩個一起打破,用水調和,再捏一個你,再塑一個我,我泥中有你,你泥中有我。與你生同一個衾,死同一個槨。」可以說,整個過程也是愛己愛主愛人的過程:相遇、相知、相愛;如水、如火、如泥;捏塑、打破、再調、再捻、再塑、我中有你、你中有我。愛並不能保證以後就沒有了患難、疾病和失敗,卻如互相緊握的手,交付、信賴、渴望和愛,全心全意、相隨相攜、同甘共苦、共存共榮。愛得更深,切願也更深(Magis)。愛的本質不是關閉,而是開放,向外性並具創新力。這就是君王愛的召叫,召叫我們每一個人去分享並參與其中;召叫我們基督徒帶著使命去服務。讓我們開放心懷,在「愛」裏不斷捏塑,且投進基督的全然實現上主的愛的生活當中。

天父,在主耶穌基督的愛中我們成了祢愛的肖像。請賜我恩寵和力量打開在我心內的愛,使這愛如火一般去溫暖身邊的人。祢是天主,永生永王。


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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