2 Aug Sun - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

8/1/2020 6:58:29 PM
Is. 55:1-3 / Ps. 144:8-9,15-16,17-18 /Rom. 8:35,37-39 / Mt. 14:13-21 (Ps Wk II)

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If there is a golden thread that runs through the scripture readings and the psalm today, it is that God who loves His people desires to provide for their needs.

In the first reading, speaking through prophet Ezekiel, God invites the people to come to Him and to depend on Him for their daily needs. God assures them that He will provide them with what they require and much more.

The psalmist responds to God's love for His people by acknowledging God's goodness and by praising God for his compassion, and for providing all His creatures with what they need.

In the Gospel passage, Jesus, sensing the hunger of the people in the crowd, multiplies five loaves and two fish to feed the thousands gathered before him. Jesus realised it was not enough to feed them with spiritual needs but physical ones as well.

It is no wonder then that in writing to the Romans, Paul describes the unique love that exists between Christ and His followers. Nothing, whether in the physical or spiritual realm, can separate Christ from his people.

For us who are followers of Christ, the scripture readings remind us that God loves us tremendously in and through Christ, and as a result, wants to provide for our essential needs. The keyword here is need.

Often, we desire that God provides us with what we want, but God is concerned first and foremost with our needs. Thus, we can understand why Jesus has asked us to 'feed the hungry'.

Lord, thank You for providing for my needs. 
  

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8月2日( 日 )   常年期第十八主日

依撒意亞先知書 55:1-3
聖詠 145[144]:8-9,15-16,17-18
羅馬書 8:35, 37-39
瑪竇福音 14:13-21

第二《依撒意亞先知書》寫於以色列子民在巴比倫結束充軍之際。當時的以色列人看到波斯王居魯士所向披靡,便覺得他所信奉的神似乎更強大。依撒意亞於是警告他們不要從外邦的神那裏尋求救贖,因為只有雅威是真神和救主;是雅威,因著對自己愛的忠誠要藉居魯士釋放他們回國。而天主這樣施恩,並不是因為以色列人有何功德,乃是出於祂無償的愛情,一如免費的「酒和奶」,就像保祿說的,沒有甚麼能隔絕天主對人的愛。

據今天福音的記載,面對超過五千饑餓的人,耶穌只找到兩個餅五條魚,但這有限的條件並不能阻止祂幫助群眾的愛心。為此,祂行了增餅奇蹟。教父們把增餅奇蹟解讀為聖體聖事的預像。這是基督在升天後,連時空也無法阻擋祂愛我們的另一標記。耶穌起初要門徒給群眾吃的,所以祂也要求我們像祂那樣無償地愛人。無償的愛也是「無敵」的,任何原因都不當成為我們行愛德的絆腳石。

主基督,求祢賜給我們祢愛人的心懷和力量,好使我們也能像祢那樣無償和無條件地愛人。


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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