14 Oct Thu 28th Week in Ordinary Time

10/13/2021 3:41:06 PM
Rom. 3:21-30a / Ps. 129:1-2,3-4,5-7a / Lk. 11:47-54 (Ps Wk IV)

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Psalm 129 is one of the 6 Psalms known as the "Penitential Psalms". In the Penitential Rite at Mass, we acknowledge our unworthiness to take part in Jesus' eternal sacrifice. It still plays a significant part in our Liturgy because of the strong forgiveness, compassion, which the Lord offers with the coming of the dawn, a consoling symbol of the Resurrection.

Another phrase in the Psalm is the designation of God as "The God of my youth: This is not a nostalgic phrase thinking back to our younger days when our faith was perhaps firmer because more innocent. Instead, it is an expression of hope, affirming how God keeps renewing us each day until the day of eternal youth in the Resurrection.

In Roman 3:24-25, we are made known that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [but] are justified by God's grace as a gift".

So, we are justified, and we get right with God when we encounter our weakness and become aware of our natural inability to do anything to save ourselves from the incredible depths of fear and pain. (Remember the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke15: 11-32). Then the Father's Spirit prays in us, blesses us, and calms every anxiety in us.

But when we do not turn to God in Jesus and acknowledge our human vulnerability and primary weakness, we reject ourselves in Christ. It is more severe and deadly than any form of cancer, which can only kill what is temporal, while sin kills the human soul.

Thank You, Father, for reconciling us eternally with You in the gift of the Resurrection of Jesus.  

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10月14日 ( 四 ) 常年期第二十八週

羅馬書 3:21-30
聖詠 130[129]:1-2,3-4,5-6
路加福音 11:47-54

耶穌痛斥法利塞人和法學士自以為義。他們強迫人嚴守法律,不但窒息了自己的信仰,也為別人製造枷鎖。法學士是當時的法律專家,耶穌尖銳地指出他們表裏不一的虛偽。他們縫製了一套堂皇,卻沒有實質的宗教外衣。「虔誠」可謂是他們自製的繁瑣規條,內裏仍只是自我。他們不了解天主的聖意,亦常跟天主對著幹。宗教的外衣裏面,隱藏著太多的偽善。除了沉重而死板的外在規條,他們的宗教,可以說實質空無一物。

保祿宗徒在讀經一清楚指出,信仰的實質是追隨並信從人而天主的耶穌基督。救恩是天主白白的賞賜,是我們靠基督的寶血,因著對祂的信仰而得來的。人靠信德成義,不是死守法律。宗教的規條只有在表達信仰的實質,才有意義。

無怪乎有人說:現代最大的悲劇是基督徒無法活出已經被基督救贖的喜樂。苦著臉遵守教會規條,吸引力何在?唯因信仰而獲享自由,由心散發出一份喜樂平安的信眾,才能吸引人歸向基督。

主,求祢除去我的驕傲自大,使我虛心與祢交往,讓人在我身上感受到信仰帶來的自由與喜樂。

(theology.org.hk)
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