16 Jun Tue - 11th Week in Ordinary Time

6/15/2020 10:37:54 AM
1 Kgs. 21:17-29 / Ps. 51(50)3-4,5-6,11,16 / Mt. 5:43-48 (Ps Wk III)

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King Ahab and his wife Jezebel had stolen a vine-yard belonging to Naboth and had arranged his murder. The Lord had told Elijah to confront Ahab about killing Naboth and taking his land.

When Elijah told Ahab what the Lord planned to do to punish him for his evil actions, Ahab was fright-ened. One of the worst punishments would be to die without a proper burial place. Ahab repented — he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted.

In spite of all the evil Ahab had done, because he humbled himself, the Lord decided not to follow through with the punishment but to show him mercy.

Jesus was again referring to the Old Testament laws but was expanding them. Rather than just loving their neighbours, Jesus was telling the people that they should extend the same love to their enemies. They were also told to pray for their persecutors — persecu-tion was a harsh reality in those days. Jesus was asking the people of his day, and he is asking us to do more than what is the norm of the day. If we are to be faithful disciples, we must go the extra mile and be holy.

Lord, help me to live a holy life even when it is difficult. 
 

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6月16日( 二 )   常年期第十一週

列王紀上 21:17-29
聖詠 51[50]:3-4,5-6,11,16
瑪竇福音 5:43-48

主耶穌的言行都朝著一個核心價值:天主是愛!如果細讀今天的福音內容,不難發現主耶穌勸祂的門徒「當愛你們的仇人,當為迫害你們的人祈禱」,也是因為出於愛的行動。如果把這些邀請視為倫理的規範來實行,它們會給人帶來一種不易融於生活當中的感受。但更深一層地默想主耶穌的教導,會發現祂所要帶出的訊息不是一個規矩,而是一份關係。這關係也不僅是人際關係,更是人和天主的互動。主耶穌說「你們應當是成全的,如同你們的天父是成全的一樣」。在原文中,「成全」可以詮釋為「完全的實現」,也就是說:跟隨主的門徒,應該完全地把天父實現出來,且和天父建立一份完全契合的關係。所以,門徒如能按主所教導去愛,且為迫害我們的人祈禱,我們便與天父築起一份更深的關係,也與愛的根源相連。

主耶穌!感謝祢告訴我們該如何和天父建立更深的關係,也求祢幫助我們努力實踐祢所教導的愛。


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