18 Jun Thu - 11th Week in Ordinary Time

6/18/2020 9:18:28 AM
Sir. 48:1-14 / Ps. 97(96):1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 / Mt. 6:7-15 (Ps Wk III)

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The Book of Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach) describes the many God-like qualities of Elijah. The prophet's life and words are associated with fire that burns and purifies. He had powers over nature when he 'brought famine', 'shut up the heavens', and 'brought down fire' He had the power to raise the dead and to cause death, to anoint kings and to drag them down to destruction. He did not die a human death but taken up 'in the whirlwind of fire'.

If Elijah has been a great wonderworker, his succes-sor Elisha was even more so. Elisha too was a mighty prophet who did not bow down to any king or allowed any ruler to subdue him. He performed miracles both in life and death. Anyone who hears about the mighty wonders performed by both these prophets would have thought that they would have had a significant effect on the lives of the Israelites and caused them to repent and turn towards God. But this was not so. They had little effect on the righteous living of the people of Israel. As a result, the time came when the Assyrians destroyed them.

Jesus too performed many wonders and miracles. But in the end, many still did not believe him to be the Messiah. They may have been impressed for a while, but people forget as circumstances change. Therefore, what made a real difference finally is Jesus' complete depen-dence on, and obedience to the Father and the willingness to do the Father's will. The 'Our Father' is a prayer that reminds us to do the same.

Lord, may I always do Your will. 
   

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6月18日( 四 )   常年期第十一週

德訓篇 48:1-15
聖詠 97[96]:1-2,3-4,5-6,7
瑪竇福音 6:7-15

耶穌教我們祈禱,願天主的國來臨。祂也吩咐我們,不用祈求世間的一切,而先該尋求天主的國和它的義德(瑪6:33)。為尋求天國,我們要在祈禱中聆聽天主,向天主的恩寵開放。我們要祈求與耶穌基督的共融,讓基督在我們內生活。

聖女大德蘭在《全德之路》告訴我們,在天國裏最大的福分,是在我們內,有一種寧靜、光榮、歡欣、平安和滿足,不再看重塵世的事物。天主是正義和公道的,不畏強權,會將「君王推倒……粉碎了他們的權威」,讓「大地踴躍,無數島嶼,也都要歡樂」。

上主為王,我們也要分享祂君王的職務。我們盡自己所能,因著天主的恩寵,忠於個人的聖召,就是王道的服務。每個人的聖召都是獨特的,正如聖人的使命亦未必相同一樣。但惟有為僕才能稱王,王道的服務絕對離不開慈悲待人,因為我們若寬免別人的過犯,天父也必寬免我們的過犯。

主,求祢啟迪我們,尋求祢的義德,並分享基督君王為僕的職務。


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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