20 Aug Thu - 20th Week in Ordinary Time - St Bernard, Abbot and doctor

8/19/2020 9:55:13 PM
Ez. 36:23-28 / Ps. 50:12-13,14-15,18-19 /Mt. 22:1-14 (Ps Wk IV)

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Ezekiel told the Israelites that God would sanctify his name, which the people had profaned.

God would gather the Israelites into their own land and purify them - they would be set apart. They would be given a new heart and a new spirit. The Israelites would be restored spiritually so that they would follow the Covenant between God and his people by obeying the commandments. This is the path to wholeness and holiness.

The wedding banquet was one of the most joyous occasions in Jewish life and could last for up to a week. Jesus compared heaven to a wedding banquet that a king had prepared for his son. Many were invited but no one accepted; in fact, some mistreated the king's slaves.

The king then destroyed their cities and sent his slaves to invite anyone who would come - both good and bad. However, there were some expectations, such as the wearing of the wedding garment.

Similarly, if a person does not show proper respect to God's expectations, then he will be cast out. We are all welcome to the kingdom, but we need to show reverent respect and follow God's leading.

Lord, help me to respect and honour You by following Your way. 
  

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8月20日( 四 )   常年期第二十週    聖伯爾納鐸(院長、聖師)

厄則克耳先知書 36:23-28
聖詠 51[50]:12-13,14-15,18-19
瑪竇福音 22:1-14

鐵石的心如何變成血肉的心?不潔和各種偶像如何被除去,以獲得新心和新的精神?這需要痛悔的精神和謙卑的赤心。當然,這悔改的過程,不能少了天主的支持。

天主常常向我們伸手,向我們廣施慈恩,祂說:祂要將祂的神賜於我們五內,使我們遵行祂的規律,恪守祂的誡命。祂也邀請我們進入祂的國度,和祂一起吃喝。在今天,天主也在邀請我們,參與祂的盛宴。我們要穿著合適的禮服,就是要有符合天主教導的言行。

具有符合天主教導,即主耶穌教導的言行,談何容易?聖依納爵在他的《神操》中,談了「專題省察」和「總省察」。專題省察是每天兩次,為躲避某種罪過或缺失,求天主幫助自己盡力減少觸犯,每天努力,直到罪根清除。總省察是反省自己整體的生活,並為準備告解。這可根據天主十誡、七罪宗和聖教四規去做反省。天國路上,如逆水行舟,不進則退,不努力向前,何來進步?所以努力是不能少的。

天主,求祢襄助我!


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