16 Aug Mon, 20th Week in Ordinary Time. St Stephen of Hungary

8/15/2021 4:04:13 PM
Jdg. 2:11-19 / Ps. 105:34-35,36-37,39-40,43,44 / Mt. 19:16-22 (Ps Wk IV)

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In a world where most ordinary citizens are highly suspicious of or even disgusted by many of the politicians and other rulers, men, and women, of our countries, because of their lifestyles and their often-nefarious shenanigans, it is consoling to realise that in Christian Europe's checkered history there have actually been kings, queens and other rulers who have been just, honest and credible enough to be declared saints, models of what Christian rulers can and should be.

Saint Stephen of Hungary, whose memorial may be celebrated today, was one such good ruler.

Father in Heaven in Your eternal Providence, give us rulers who are good, just, and responsible..   

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8月16日 ( 一 ) 常年期第二十週

民長紀 2:11-19
聖詠 106[105]:34-35,36-37,39-40,43,44
瑪竇福音 19:16-22

當被問到該行甚麼為得永生時,耶穌說了連串關乎我們和別人的關係的誡命,沒有提到那三條關乎我們同天主的關係的誡命。可是,這答覆似乎沒有滿足到年輕人的提問,但耶穌則更進一步,朝這個為近人服務的方向走,始終沒有提及天主:「去!變賣你所有的,施捨給窮人……然後來跟隨我。」意思就是:當我們盡己所能為身邊的人提供服務時,我們就是在事奉天主,開始跟隨耶穌了。

我們每一個人都可算是個需要別人「施捨」的窮人,我們或許都會有這種感覺:沒有充分被了解,被人忽視、誤會、貶低;得不到應有的愛護、關懷和照顧。所以,在這段聖經裏,耶穌銳意派遣我們積極地為我們所認識或遇到的每一個人服務。當我們開放自己去愛和服侍他們時,耶穌就會親自到來和我們相遇。但願我們都能以忘我的精神,超越法律條文,真心地去愛和關懷身邊的人。這樣,我們便更肖似天父了。

天父,願我們都能加倍慷慨地作自我犧牲,為窮人提供服務。

(theology.org.hk)
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