2 Aug Mon, 18th Week in Ordinary Time

8/1/2021 5:17:55 PM
Num. 11:4-15 / Ps. 80:12-13,14-15,16-17 / Mt. 14:13-21 (Ps Wk II)

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Food is a basic need of human beings. God knows this and provides His people with what they need for their daily sustenance. God fed the people of Israel with manna in the desert.

Jesus fed more than five thousand people with fish and bread. The Psalmist says God will provide his people "with finest wheat and fill them with honey from the rock".

The problem is that often, people want more than what they need. The Israelites had become unhappy with the kind of food they were receiving from God. Manna may have been nice as a "starter", but after a while, they had enough of it. Now, they begin to 'hunger' for what they used to eat in Egypt: fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks and so on. Compared to these, what is manna? Just something "for us to look at", say the people.

The people were complaining not because they were hungry. Manna provided for their daily "needs". Instead, now they "wanted" more than to have a full stomach. They yearned to taste the delicious food they were used to in the past. In other words, they were saying it is better for us to have tasty food even if we were slaves in Egypt than to be eating manna and being free in the desert. "Why did God free us from Egypt? Wasn't life better there?" The people did not understand and appreciate what God has done and is doing for them.

Indeed, our relationship with God, like the people of Israel, can become complicated when we get confused between our needs and wants.

Lord, give me the wisdom to know the difference.   

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8月2日 ( 一 ) 常年期第十八週

戶籍紀 11:4-15 
聖詠 81[80]:12-13,14-15,16-17
瑪竇福音 14:13-21

五餅二魚的奇蹟絕對超出了門徒和群眾的想像。這種超凡能力,絕對是他們心目中的默西亞形象!相信不僅是群眾這麼想,門徒也期望耶穌借著這股熱潮,趁機形成一股政治力量。可是,耶穌卻打發門徒離開,並遣散了群眾,然後自己上山祈禱。

門徒離去時大概是一臉困惑;耶穌卻不希望借助物質的給予,或迎合民眾淺層的需要(非為了天國,而是為了裹腹)來吸引他們。這樣做的話,人們會失去或忽略跟隨祂的真正意義。所以,耶穌把門徒和群眾從那時的熱情中抽離,讓他們冷靜,慢慢認識到跟隨祂,遠遠超過剎那間的熱情或外在轟烈的場面 ─ 因為建立在奇蹟上的熱情終要過去,那時,跟隨耶穌的心火便會冷卻。耶穌期望人,像在海上行走的伯多祿那樣,因為愛祂,而仍能在逆境中,願意主動親近祂,並明白到唯有時時握著祂的手,才能戰勝自己深層的恐懼,在大風浪中穩步前進。

主,教我對祢有永不動搖的信賴。

(theology.org.hk)
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