15 Nov Sun 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), Fourth World Day of the Poor

11/15/2020 3:36:53 PM
Prov. 31:10-13,19-20,30-31 / Ps. 127:1-2,3,4-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6 / Mt. 25:14-30 (or 14-15,19-20) (Ps Wk I)

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Paul's letter to the Thessalonians reminds us much of the Covid-19 pandemic which 'came like a thief in the night.' We were neither prepared and nor guarded and were caught in the present alarming situation.

We are responsible and accountable for this reality!

This sense of responsibility and accountability is what today's Gospel intends to caution us on how we make use of the talents/gifts God has given to us. Let us take heed of this and check within ourselves - how we have been responding to the call of God to share with the less fortunate among us.

Today is the 4th World Day of the Poor. The first reading in the Proverbs reiterates how, like the woman who reaches out her hand to the helpless and gives to the poor; countless compassionate men and women have shared their time, efforts and what they have with the needy during this Covid-19 pandemic. It is truly heart-warming to know that many care for others who are suffering. It is like what Paul said, "to remain alert" to what is happening around us.

Are we the hands and legs of Jesus to reach out to those who are much affected by this pandemic or other natural disasters?

God bless those who do their part with zeal to help build a more caring community.

"Lord, help us to be compassionate and generous towards the poor and needy."

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11月 15日( 日 )   常年期第三十三主日

箴言 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
聖詠 128[127]:1-2,3,4-5
得撒洛尼前書 5:1-6
瑪竇福音 25:14-30


耶穌所說的比喻中,主人給了每個僕人不同數量的「塔冷通」。我們可能覺得主人偏心,為何每人有的不是一樣?「塔冷通」在耶穌的時代是非常大幣值的金錢單位,擁有一個「塔冷通」已相當於今時今日一個千萬富翁的身家。所以,從另一角度看,主人其實非常慷慨;從結果來看,有五個的,賺了五個,也可見這其實是天主委托給人的任務,能力愈大,責任愈重。所以,其實不是主人偏心,而是主人委託給不同人有不同的任務,因而亦給予相應的能力和資源。不過,許多人懶於檢視自己擁有的才能,卻羨慕他人好像無所不能。其實,在天主眼中,我們每人都獨當一面,同樣珍貴。

就像今天讀經一的「賢婦讚」,原來只是持家有道,細心照顧家人,樂於賙濟窮人,已是十分了不起的才能,再加上敬畏上主,便值得人的讚頌,而聖母瑪利亞就是這樣的一位賢婦!

天主,感謝祢賜予我們的一切,求祢幫助我們善盡本分,去認清並善用自己的才能,好回應祢對我們的旨意。


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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