14 Oct Wed - 28th Week in Ordinary Time

10/13/2020 1:20:51 PM
Gal.5:18-25 /Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6 / Lk. 11:42-46 (Ps Wk IV)

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Those who truly live in the Spirit do not need rules or the Law. Paul is clear: the signs of the Spirits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If someone is living like this, then they don't need any rule book.

The trouble is, most of us at least occasionally live according to the flesh, characterized by every sort of immorality plus quarrelling, jealousy, hatred, and division. We talk a lot about the Spirit, but we need to observe our own lives a bit more closely to see if there is enough evidence that we have the Spirit! The Spirit is not about shouting 'halleluiah' but being enthusiastic about simple, everyday living in love, patience, and humility.

Jesus scolded the Pharisees because, like many religious people, they focused on the rules and forgot about justice and the love of God. Some of them heaped burdens on others but did nothing to help them manage. They also let self-seeking creep into their spirituality. This is a tendency with all religions, and we all need to be vigilant. Love and justice are the essential core of proper worship of God; when we forget that, we have lapsed into idolatry. The well-being and happiness of people are always first on God's list, and it should be first on ours.

Lord, may I never forget love and justice. 
            
  

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10月14日( 三 )   常年期第二十八週

迦拉達書 5:18-25
聖詠 1:1-2,3,4,6
路加福音 11:42-46

耶穌的訓導非常具挑戰性:挑戰著我們的舒適、害怕、憂慮、信念、自我和生命。或許,日復一日,年復一年的重複,心慢慢迷失而變得麻木,在不知不覺中,我發現我的心力或渴望已不像當年,變得像件機器,亦視他人為機器。耶穌的話語就如一支強心劑,可能使我感到不舒服、沒面子,想排斥躲避。但這味良藥可使衰竭的心,收縮力加強,血液循環加速,搶救生命。

「禍哉!」祂的話語揭開了看似平安無事的偽裝:「這些(捐獻)固然該作,那些(公義和愛天主的義務)也不可忽略」,直透身心深處。我自問:「我為基督做了甚麼?我為基督在做甚麼?我為基督應做甚麼?」(神操#53);我在探索:面對天主,我的最大渴望是甚麼?有位神父曾經對我說,當在生命道路中感到迷茫時,就再次回看自己的渴望是甚麼。渴望可使人在迷霧裏不失方向。忠於己心,發於己心,達於己心,安於己心。


主耶穌,請賜我恩寵,使我認清那顆忠於己心,而願歸於祢心的渴望。祢是天主,永生永王。


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