15 Jun Mon - 11th Week in Ordinary Time

6/14/2020 3:58:04 PM
1 Kgs. 21:1-16 / Ps. 6(5):2-3,5-6,7 Mt.5:38-42 / (Ps Wk III)

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In the Gospel, we see how Jesus abrogates the law of retaliation (an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth) and did not want his disciples and us to use violence. His non-retaliation is the norm of life Jesus propagates. This is precisely the non-violence that we want to promote today.

Though it is still difficult to practise today, this is what Jesus teaches us that we have to respond to violence with kindness and goodness, which the world contradicts. During our modern times, we have the example of Mahatma Gandhi who truly lived this in his life!

In short, this sums up Jesus's teachings on the antithe-sis on the love of enemies. (Mt.5: 43-48) In contrast to what Jesus teaches in the Gospel the story of the murder of Naboth of Jezreel by Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab.

This sounds familiar in today's world where we see nations go against nations and tried to outdo one another in the area of economy and political power at the expense of those who are weak because of poverty, being margin-alized and exploited. Even in our "war" against the Covid-19 disease. How many countries come together to address and counteract against this Destructive pandemic? What is our response as Christians to this reality? Is compas-sion and love our way of responding to such?

"Lord, teach us to be merciful, compassionate as You would live this today."
 

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6月15日( 一 )   常年期第十一週

列王紀上 21:1-16
聖詠 5:2-3,5-6,7
瑪竇福音 5:38-42


「以眼還眼,以牙還牙」似乎是天公地義的道理,但耶穌邀請我們以德報怨。身為普通人,我們的反應可能是:「主!這事怎能成就?我做不到!」但身為基督徒,也許我們可以為愛基督的緣故而作出嘗試。首先,我們要接觸自己真實的內在情緒,承認自身的不足。當我們被人冒犯或傷害時,產生負面情緒是自然不過的,例如憤怒或不甘心等。如果我們壓抑自身的感受和勉強自己去行善,這樣負面情緒沒有得到適當的疏導,日後會不時出現來困擾我們。相反,如果我們確認和接納自己的感受,承認自己不完美,我們可以向天主的恩寵開放,信靠祂的大能。

其次,當我們面對得罪我們的人時,心中容易產生仇恨,甚至衍生報復的思想和行動。耶穌明白人的軟弱,祂鼓勵我們突破自己,放下執著,不要被仇恨限制了自由,只要不讓仇恨在我們心中紮根,愛就有空間滋長。

主耶穌,我們以自己的能力去以德報怨實在無能為力,但我們知道,仰仗祢的恩寵,一切都成為可能。


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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