18 Aug Wed, 20th Week in Ordinary Time

8/17/2021 11:36:32 AM
Jdg. 9:6-15 / Ps. 20:2-3,4-5,6-7 / Mt. 20:1-16 (Ps Wk IV)

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For the Jews, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was the only king. Their God chose to rule over them through the prophets. But the Jews, corrupted by the practices of their neighbouring gentiles, ask for a king of their own. Spiritual laziness makes us forget who we are, makes us blind to our uniqueness and makes us get lost in the world's confusions. Jews were not an exception, neither will we be an exception if we lose sight of the divine.

While studying the scriptures, we are all urged to view the world with God's optics - to look at the world as God would look at it. Gandhi would say, 'when you are making a rule for India, think what it would mean for the last and the least Indian'. Our God permitted Jesus to be born in a lowly manger. We, as God's children, are called to follow in Jesus' footsteps.

Lord, in Your strength, the king is glad. Though You knew that the Jews' demand for a king was not Your will, You conceded. Have mercy on us, Lord, when we fail to see the world from Your perspective. Gently bring us back to track when we fail. Please don't lose hope in us, Lord. Amen.   

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8月18日 ( 三 ) 常年期第二十週

民長紀 9:6-15
聖詠 21[20]:2-3,4-5,6-7
瑪竇福音 20:1-16

很多人覺得很難處理今天這個比喻。可是,耶穌一開始已經清楚道明祂的意向:這是個完全講及關於天國的比喻。將它另作解釋,例如:將它套用到僱主與僱員,便錯失了耶穌的訊息。要人明白祂所建立的天國性質,是耶穌面對的艱難任務;連祂的門徒都不甚了解這個天國的性質。

耶穌不是世俗政治舞台的默西亞,也不是世俗社會的改革者。不過,在屬靈的層次,祂又的確是在改革社會:祂以天主對人無條件與不望回報的愛,建立一個新社會,來替代追求世俗價值的社會。要成為這個實行愛與真理的新社會團體當中的一員,需要有一種新的視野;這種視野只能靠天主恩賜。「最後的將成為最先的,最先的將成為最後的」不是一端能靠人性思維所能解釋和吸納的道理。這裏蘊含著一種新智慧,遠遠超越單純是人性的智慧。

主耶穌,請光照我們的心靈,教我們更清楚明瞭天國的奧義,更熱切期待以祢門徒的身分,在社會中展現天國。

(theology.org.hk)
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