18 Aug Tue - 20th Week in Ordinary Time

8/17/2020 5:51:31 PM
Ez. 28:1-10 / (R. Ps.) Deut. 32:26-28,30,35-36 /Mt. 19:23-30 (Ps Wk IV)

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The first reading describes the judgement of God, as expressed through the prophet Ezekiel on the famed commercial city of Tyre, which was also the chief city of Phoenicia. The thriving city had an extraordinary range of trading activities with its neighbouring cities and nations, but all of these activities fell into the hands of the invaders - the Babylonians.

Ezekiel predicts that in time the city and its inhabitants will be destroyed. The king, who has become arrogant due to the wealth and success of the city, will also be punished and die a violent death. The great city itself will be stripped of all its treasures earned through maritime trading, and its people will be humbled for their pride and injustices.

In the Gospel, Jesus says that wealth can become an obstacle to discipleship. Not only is it difficult for the rich to enter God's kingdom, but it is also practically impossible. This surprises the disciples because they have assumed wealth to be a sign of divine favour. Jesus teaches them that no one can enter God's kingdom because of his or her possessions or achievements.

The scripture readings of today are a reminder that the incessant pursuit of wealth and achievements, even by Christians, can be an obstacle to becoming a true disciple of Jesus. For those who choose radical poverty like the early disciples, the risks and sacrifices they make will be rewarded with a share in the glory of the Son of Man. The choice between the pursuit of wealth and true discipleship lies before us. We have to make the right choice!

Lord, help me become a true disciple. 


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8月18日( 二 )   常年期第二十週

厄則克耳先知書 28:1-10
(詠)申命紀 32:26-27,27-28,30,35-36
瑪竇福音 19:23-30

間中會聽見有人被稱讚為「神級水平」,這是電子遊戲術語,表示某人是高手中的高手,無人能及。精益求精是好的,但若心高氣傲,自以為是神,隨之而來的必然是輕視近人,怎會有愛?結果,駱駝穿過針孔,比我們進天國還容易。

認識自己的能力是重要的,但聖加大利納教導我們,認識自己要以認識天主為終結,否則只會帶來惶恐。因為,若我們將天主放在一邊,只靠自己,以成功為目標,怎能接受失敗?結果,必會失去內心的平安,並委過於天主和他人。我們所擁有的一切,其實都是來自天主的。只有在「認識自己和認識天主」之中得到愛德繩索,才可以藉著真正的謙遜,將自己、他人和天主緊緊地結合在一起。

上主要衛護自己的人民,憐恤自己的僕人。天主的,就應歸還天主,然後背起十字架,跟隨基督,我們才會有平安。

主,為祢一切都是可能的。求祢帶領我們,在成聖路上精益求精,並將一切光榮都歸於祢。


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