14 Aug Sat, 19th Week in Ordinary Time. St Maximilian Kolbe, priest & martyr

8/13/2021 10:03:55 AM
Josh. 24:14-29 / Ps. 15:1-2a,5,7-8,11 / Mt. 19:13-15 (Ps Wk III)

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Joshua paints a grim picture of God: "If after the good he has done for you, you forsake the Lord and serve strange gods, he will do evil to you and destroy you." From the life and teaching of Jesus, we believe that God is merciful and forgiving. Yet, of course, God's forgiveness, while freely given, is not imposed. God forgives because of the new and eternal covenant which Jesus established between God and humanity by his death on a cross. A covenant demands fidelity of those who accept it, and so we, for our part, must open our hearts in repentance to receive God's forgiving grace.

The Psalmist praises God, who will show him the path of life, the fullness of joy in his presence and delights at God's right hand forever.

Joshua's reference to "other gods" may sound old-fashioned or unrealistic to us. Yet, while we may not think of them as "gods", there are many joys and delights in modern society which can entice us to stray from the truth. The Psalmist sees more clearly that the fullness of joy and delight is only to be found in God's presence.

Father, by Your grace, may we always walk the pathway of life free from sin under the guidance of the light of Your truth.   

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8月14日 ( 六 )常年期第十九週   聖高比司鐸(殉道)

若蘇厄書 24:14-29
聖詠 16[15]:1-2,5,7-8,11
瑪竇福音 19:13-15

小孩子善良純真,生活上需要依賴成年人,也樂意接受教導。人人都喜歡小孩子,耶穌也不例外。今天福音中,耶穌容許小孩子親近祂,也祝福他們,並叫我們向他們學習,成為天國的一員。耶穌喜歡我們像小孩子一樣待人真誠,不要經常猜度別人,時常懷著對天主依恃之心,信靠祂的恩寵,虛心接受和實踐祂的教導。不過,我們也會像小孩子一樣經常犯錯,但天主也一樣會以無盡的包容和寬恕,陪伴我們成長。

讀經一講述上主透過若蘇厄和以色列子民立約,以色列子民接受了上主的鴻恩,承諾不再事奉別的神,永遠做上主的子民。這可說是以色列子民的初心。我們每個人當初立志跟隨基督,也曾經許諾要以上主為我們生命的主宰,這也是我們信仰上的初心。像小孩子一樣純真,我們才能更容易尋回自己信仰上的初心。

主,我只願我的心靈,得享平靜與安寧;就像斷乳的幼兒,在他母親的懷抱中,我願我的心靈在我內,與那幼兒相同。(詠131:2)

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