19 Aug Wed - 20th Week in Ordinary Time - St John Eudes, Priest

8/18/2020 6:41:32 PM
Ez. 34:1-11 / Ps. 22:1-4,5,6 /Mt. 20:1-16 / (Ps Wk IV)

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The God of Israel is to become the true shepherd of His people. This prophecy, dated after the fall of Jerusalem is one of hope and consolation. Israel's shepherds (her kings, princes and priests) had played her false and had been the cause of her exile. Yahweh Himself would now become her shepherd and tend to her needs as these others had failed to do. This is the first of Ezekiel's significant prophecies of the restoration of Israel. Jesus will later declare Himself to be the 'Good Shepherd' (Jn. 10:11-18).

The Gospel today tells us that God's grace is not a reward to which we can claim a right. This is emphasized in today's parable to the householder. We are called to reflect on the greatness and universality of God's love and compassion, the gratuitousness of His gifts. The point is, God's gifts to us come from His goodness. We cannot earn them. What God gives is not pay but a gift; not a reward but a grace. It is His right to be generous towards whomsoever He pleases.

The householder's kindness and generosity show up the selfishness and lack of those who complain about the mercy others have received. We must live with the contentment of heart, appreciating the blessings God has given us. Count your own blessings and see how you have profited by them in your life.

Thank You, Lord, for Your love and the many blessings with which You have blessed me. 
 

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8月19日( 三 )   常年期第二十週

厄則克耳先知書 34:1-11
聖詠 23[22]:1-3,3-4,5,6
瑪竇福音 20:1-16

「上主這樣說:看,我要親自去尋找我的羊,我要親自照顧我的羊」(則34:11)。福音中的家主似乎和一般的莊園主人不同,他親自五次出去,從清晨到黃昏僱工人。我們不禁思索,或許他並非因為缺工而僱人,而是更像一位慈善家。他將沒有工作沒有收入的人,都納入自己的莊園。即使最早被僱的,因為同樣只得一個德納而抱怨時,家主仍稱呼他們為「朋友」。

天主愛我們自有祂的方式。由清晨起工作的人,認為自己所做的,當得起家主的工資,卻沒有看見家主的仁愛之心。他們甚至嫉妒在最後來到,卻享同等賞報的工人。他們看到的是交易,在家主眼中的卻是友誼。他們只專注於個人所獲,卻忽略了對家主的親自僱傭及善待而感恩,對那些整日找不到工作的人也缺乏憐憫。

家主的召喚不是交易,而是賞報。僱員得到的,並非那一個「德納」,而是與家主同在,並跟他做朋友。天主本身就是這份召喚的賞報!

天主,求祢恩賜我們常懷感恩之心,並能在生活中與人分享祢的慈愛善待。


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