17 Jun Wed - 11th Week in Ordinary Time

6/16/2020 1:54:08 PM
2 Kgs. 2:1,6-14 / Pa. 31(30):20,21,24 / Mt. 6:1-6,16-18 (Ps Wk III)

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Have you ever had a mentor in life? Elisha trav-elled with the prophet Elijah as his attendant and disci-ple for approximately seven years. Elisha yearned to be like Elijah.

As Elijah comes toward the end of his life, Elisha bravely asks for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Elisha sees Elijah being taken up to heaven in a whirl-wind of fire (other prophets nearby could not see this). Elisha then understands that his wish has been granted. Elisha takes up Elijah's mission and goes on to perform twice as many miracles as Elijah.

We see one such miracle today. Elisha uses Elijah's cloak to strike the water of the river Jordan, saying: 'Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah' (2 Kings 2:14). The river then divides, and Elisha walks on dry land.

This reveals that Elisha's power comes not from Elijah, but God. Indeed all the healing and justice that Elisha will share through his ministry comes from God. Elisha is an instrument of God's grace and blessing. 'Elishah' means 'God saves'.

Similarly, in today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we fast, pray or do good, to keep the focus on God, rather than ourselves. This leads to greater fruits.

Lord, help me to focus on You. Use me as Your instrument to bless someone today. 
  

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6月17日( 三 )   常年期第十一週

列王紀下 2:1,6-14
聖詠 31[30]:20,21,24
瑪竇福音 6:1-6,16-18

厄里叟跟隨厄里亞這位師傅,做他的弟子,足足七年了。厄里叟期望自己能夠像厄里亞,成為一位大先知。

當厄里亞被接歸天的時候近了,厄里叟膽敢要求:「求你把你的精神給我兩分」。之後,他看見「厄厘亞乘著旋風升天去了」,其他在附近的先知卻沒有看見,便明白到自己的要求已得到俯允。繼承了厄里亞的使命之後,他行的奇蹟比厄里亞所行的,多出兩倍。他一擊打,河水便左右分開,他在乾地走過,便是他所行的其中一個奇蹟。厄里叟的奇能,顯然並非來自厄里亞,而是來自天主。的確,厄里叟通過履行使命,與人分享來自天主的醫治和正義。厄里叟是傳遞天主的恩寵和祝福的工具。「厄里叟」這個名字,意謂「天主是救援」。

同樣地,在今天的福音,耶穌提醒我們,當我們祈禱、施捨和禁食,我們不能以自我為中心,而是必須要以天主為中心。這樣,我們得到的,就是來自天上的賞報。

天主,教我無論做甚麼,都務必要以祢為中心。但願我能夠成為祢施恩救援的工具。


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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