16 Aug Sun - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

8/16/2020 3:49:10 PM
Is. 56:1,6-7 / Pa. 66:2-3,5,6,8 /Rom. 11:13-15,29-32 / Mt. 15:21-28 (Ps Wk IV)

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God rejects no one - all peoples are pleasing to Him.

Isaiah envisioned a time when foreigners would stream towards Zion, worshipping and serving in God's temple. God reads the heart. All who do what is right and seek to do His will are acceptable to him.

The temple was to be a house of prayer for all peoples. Jesus spoke of this verse when he cleansed the temple. Even Paul saw the rejection of Jesus by his people as something temporary. In the end, God's salvation was intended for all.

The Canaanite woman was not of the House of Israel, but she had great faith that Jesus could and would heal her daughter. It did not go well at first. She was rebuffed by the apostles and even by Jesus. She did not give up and even turned the statement about feeding the dogs into a witty response that won Jesus' respect. He granted her request.

The Scriptures tell us that God is not stingy with grace, compassion, mercy and love. If we claim to worship God, we cannot be either. God belongs to all.

Lord, may I share Your grace with all.


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8月16日( 日 )   常年期第二十主日

依撒意亞先知書 56:1,6-7
聖詠 67[66]:2-3,5,6,8
羅馬書 11:13-15,29-32
瑪竇福音 15:21-28

「歸依上主的異邦人不應說:『上主必將我由他的民族中分別出來!』」(依56:3)。先知已預言了本主日福音中,耶穌要為那位客納罕母親所行的奇蹟。天主的救恩,不僅是為了以色列民,也是為普天下人民。畢竟,總會有人問:為何耶穌沒有馬上答應那位母親的請求,反而像拒絕給她伸出援手?默觀這段福音,也許會浮現出這個答案:因為耶穌要明示救恩的效力在於人的信德。

耶穌給當時的以色列人一個十分明確的訊息:祂被派遣,只是為了以色列家失迷的羊。然而,祂所說的以色列家,已不再是受到種族或文化限制的家族,而是普及天下萬民的大家庭。是否成為這救恩大家庭的成員,端視每個人是否願意信靠祂。那位母親由於信德,表現了很大的謙遜,讓她有能力接受主的恩寵,成為天主家庭中的一員。今天,主耶穌也邀請所有人回到這個祂所建立的大家庭,如聖保祿宗徒所說的「世界與天主和好了」。

主耶穌,我們懷著信心向祢禱告,願我們都蒙祢恩佑,能讓祢在我們的家中作主。


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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